Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Sea Otter Viewing and Whale Watching Tour

Spend the day exploring the wildlife rich waters, islands and shores off northern Vancouver Island. Search for sea otters, humpback whales, orcas, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-side dolphins, Steller sea lions, bald eagles and a multitude of sea birds. Surrounded by sea and cedar trees, connect with the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

Our signature 5 ½ to 6 hour tour showcases the unparalleled waters of the Pacific Northwest. The speed of our vessel allows us to cover a large area and provides us with greater opportunities to see as much wildlife as possible. We may not see all the above animals on every trip but our guides are well acquainted with the local waters and the best places to see wildlife. If a slightly shorter tour is more of what you are looking for consider our Evening Wildlife Viewing tour.

Sea otter tours

Departs daily at 10:00 am
From June 1 to October 3
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour
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Adult: $275
Child: $260
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Private Charter: From $1925

Tour Details

  • Minimum age of 8 years old. All passengers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tours depart from Coastal Rainforest Safari’s office at 7185 Market Street in Port Hardy, BC on Northern Vancouver Island.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour’s departure time to be outfitted in floater suits and sign a waiver.  At the office, your guide will provide a safety briefing plus an overview of the tour and area we will be exploring. The boat is docked a short one minute walk from our office.
  • The open zodiac style vessel  has comfortable bench seating and has a small on-board toilet.
  • While there is comfortable seating for 12 passengers, our scheduled tours are limited to only eight guests – two people per bench seat so no one needs to sit in the middle. On private charters, you may choose to have as many twelve passengers.
  • Zodiac style boats are not suitable for people with a history of back or neck injuries, recent surgery, or are pregnant.
  • Please dress warmly. You will be provided with flotation suits, warm hats, and binoculars.
  • Plenty of wildlife photography opportunities are available but please do not bring tripods on board.
  • Lunch and warm drinks are provided on our 5 ½ to 6 hour tours.

Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

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

Breaching Humpback Whale! #whale #whalewatching #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #firstnationterritory #gonorthisland ...

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Wolves are a part of us, priceless! Much respect goes out to the wolves from the local First Nations. This wolf is a SheWolf with beautiful colours. #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #gonorthisland #wolves #wolf ...

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“I think I’ll just sit here and wait, I’m a little tired.” 😊Waiting and watching for salmon, this T̕ła'yi is. #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #gonorthisland ...

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Photo and caption by guest @rhloutdoors who recently joined us on a Sea Otter and Whale Watching Tour,.

"Thrilled to have one of my most memorable wildlife experiences on the coast a few days back.
For 2 hours we watched 4 transient orcas hunting steller sea lions at a haul out. The commotion created by the sea lions on high alert was deafening. All the while 3 humpback whales were very near by with their loud, distressed breathing adding to the cacophony.
Truly a spectacle, one that the photos I took and cherish can not do justice to!"
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#orcas #biggs #killerwhales #sealions
#visitporthardy #gonorthisland #explorevancouverisland #explorebc #explorecanada #destinationindigenous #goindigenous #wildlifephotography
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“We saw Biggs actually hunting sea lions”. “They got some sea lions?”. “Oh yea”.

Boat based safaris is what we do! #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational #porthardy #wildlifephotography #wildlifeplanet
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