Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Big Red

Big Red was built by Victoria based Titan Boats specifically for whale watching. At 8.23 metres (27 feet) and powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha outboards, Big Red allows us to cover a lot of water in a variety of conditions. With four roomy bench seats and a small toilet, Big Red is a comfortable boat for a few hours or a full day. Features include Ray Marine navigation and Radar, dual VFH Radios, hydrophone, AIS system, and a full PA speaker system.

Even though Big Red is designed and licensed for twelve passengers, all our scheduled wildlife viewing tours only take a maximum of eight guests. With four large bench seats this means only two guests per seat and everyone gets a “window” seat. No one has to sit in the middle.

For private group charters we allow up to twelve passengers.

  • 5 star ratingAmazing!! We had a great afternoon trip with CRS, and would highly recommend it to all of our family and friends. We saw sea lions, porpoises, eagles and lots of Sea Otters which were what we were most hoping to see! The boat was comfortable and our driver was awesome!!

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  • 5 star ratingAn amazing birthday present! I had an incredible day on the water viewing wildlife with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! I enjoyed the scenery and all the amazing wildlife, especially the whales. The staff were knowledgeable and followed all the recommendations for COVID-19 protocol. Lunch was delicious and I felt comfortable and safe on the water. It was a wonderful day and I highly recommend... read more

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  • 5 star ratingBe awed and inspired by the beauty of nature What an amazing experience. We were treated to sightings of numerous humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoises, and sea otters. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area and wildlife. If you get the opportunity to go on a tour, I recommend you don’t pass it up!

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  • 5 star ratingOtters Everywhere!! Our day on the water with guide Tommy Child was amazing - his professionalism, traditional knowledge, and the abundance of wildlife made for an epic day. We set out of Port Hardy in a fog bank but were quickly clear of it and learning about ancient First Nations use of all that the land and waters had to offer.

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  • 5 star ratingSpectacular wildlife experience Wow, did this trip deliver! Although the weather did not fully co-operate, we saw 2 black bears, hundreds of sea lions, 20+ sea otters, 2 minke whales, 28 northern resident orcas, 4 humpback whales, and Dall porpoises .
    Organization of the trip was very good and their equipment excellent.
    Covid-19 practices were also very good.
    Spectacular trip!

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  • 5 star ratingOutstanding sea otter and wildlife tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! We had a fabulous wildlife tour with Andrew! We saw dozens of sea otters, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, seals, and orcas! Andrew is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, who went the extra mile (many miles, actually!) to locate a large pod of orcas that had been spotted in the area. It was such as bonus to see... read more

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  • 5 star ratingIncredible day on the water! Loved the small boat experience, only 8 of us passengers and it was perfect - we all had prime seating, and the ability to move around and to chat with the guide. Our guide (/owner) Andrew was incredibly knowledgable about the area, the wildlife, the history, and daily life. He led us on a 6-hour tour through open channels and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingA great tour of local wildlife! I took the 6hr tour from 10-4 and it was great. I don't expect any guides to produce wildlife for guests. I just expect that they put us in a position to see wildlife using their knowledge of the area. In this case our guide fully delivered. We saw a large pod of orcas, sea otters, 5-6 humpback whales, pacific... read more

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  • 5 star ratingFun, informative and professional We had a wonderful time today with Andrew our guide, visiting the islands, coves and waters around Port Hardy. Andrew (one of the owners of the company) was a terrific host and guide, as he was very safety oriented, respectful of the wildlife and knowledgeable about the area. We saw Humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingLifetime experience I highly recommend doing a tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! They obey the Covid-19 rules and It was a pleasure to listen to Mike. Beside the tour he also told us more about life in the sea and Indigenous history. We really enjoyed and Mike made sure we took great photos!

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'Na̱m T̕łix̱a̱n. We felt this sea lion had the the house to himself! #homealone #selfcare #privacy ...

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Tail slapping at it’s finest! Viewing humpback whales from our Zodiac style vessel is a lot of fun. Looking forward to to season! #crs #coastalrainforestsafaris #gonorthisland #indigenousbc #hellobc #wildlifeplanet #humpbackwhale ...

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Looking forward to another season of hosting guests in the territory! Beautiful how the different the environments are on this trip! #crs #coastalrainforestsafaris #gonorthisland #wildlifephotography #indigenousbc #bigred #zodiac ...

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Out from the fog come the magnificent ones! Spending time in the ocean environment is where we want to be! Looking forward to the season. #staysafe #explorelater #crs #coastalrainforestsafaris #gonorthisland #indigenousbc #hellobc ...

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Ma̱'a̱mx̱inux̱w - knows how to stalk its prey. A great capture from one of our days out on the water. Orcas can cover great distances so it feels sacred when we do see them. Getting ready for another season this summer! #explorelater #explorebc #vancouverisland #wildlifephotography #orcas #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs @tourismvancouverisland @vancouverislandnorth ...

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Hatsawi at their finest! Many Hihatsawi in our environment west of Port Hardy, they definitely bring excitement to the tours! #pacificwhitesideddolphin #dolphin #oceanphotography #wildlifephotography #gonorthisland #explorelater #explorebc #indigenousbc #indigenouscanada @tourismvancouverisland @vancouverislandnorth ...

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