Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

About Coastal Rainforest Safaris

Coastal Rainforest Safaris started offering wildlife viewing boat tour in the summer of 2020. The company is owned and operated by Mike Willie and Andrew Jones. Both have separately run successful wilderness tourism companies on northern Vancouver Island for over five and twenty years, respectively. Their individual companies both have tours recognized as “Canadian Signature Experiences” by Destination Canada. The partnership between Mike and Andrew at Coastal Rainforest Safaris combines their strengths in customer service, wildlife viewing and cultural interpretation, along with their love of welcoming visitors from around the world to show them all that this incredible region has to offer.

Coastal Rainforest Safaris is proud to be a member of Indigenous Tourism BCIndigenous Tourism Association of Canada, and the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association.

Mike Willie

Owner/Lead Guide

Mike Willie - Coastal Rainforest Safaris

Mike is a member of the Musgamakw Dzawada‘enuxw First Nations, part of the Kwakwaka’wakw people who reside in the Northern Vancouver Island region and adjacent mainland. As a leader in his community, Mike has immense knowledge of the history, culture, and environment of this unique region.

In addition to Coastal Rainforest Safaris, Mike is also the owner and founder of Sea Wolf Adventures, which welcomes travellers in the Broughton Archipelago and surrounding areas for grizzly bear viewing day trips, sightseeing, water taxi services, and First Nations’ guided cultural tours.

Andrew Jones

Owner/Lead Guide

Andrew Jones - Coastal Rainforest Safaris

Andrew has had extensive experience in B.C.’s tourism industry since 1998, when his passion for people, adventure, and nature prompted him to launch his kayaking adventure tour business, Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures.  In 2012, Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures’ Kayak with Whales – Base Camp tour was recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

In addition to his 20 years of experience working in the North Island tour industry, Andrew also holds a vast personal knowledge of its history, wildlife, and culture. Andrew has more than three decades of experience working in sales, operations management, customer service, and developing staff at every level of business.

Zoe Speck

Guest Services

Zoe Speck - Coastal Rainforest Safaris

Zoe’s roots can be traced to the ‘Namgis, Mamalillikula, Kwakiutl, and Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw people. Born and raised in Alert Bay, she now resides in Port Hardy with her daughter. With 19 years in the hospitality industry, Zoe is excited to utilize her breadth of experience to welcome and host the guests of Coastal Rainforest Safaris.

Gabriel Charlie

Naturalist

Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

We are located in Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island.

Seeing minke whales are sometimes rare, but it sure is exciting when spotted! The areas we explore are very remote and unpopulated with boats and people, love it! #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #gonorthisland #minkewhale #remoteness ...

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An Orca passing by on a misty afternoon
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T’łaḵwadzi - Big Red, adventuring with confidence. It provides a tremendous marine immersive experience on the North Island. It is a great vessel for wildlife photography that allows for great captures of wildlife and scenery. Gilakas’la! #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #vancouverislandnorth #gonorthisland #wildlifephotography #whalewatching #wildlifeviewing ...

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Beautiful sunsets are inspiring and empowering as we look forward to another day! Giving thanks to the elements that feed us:) #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #adventureconfidence #boatsafaris #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada #gonorthisland #sunset
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