Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing Tours - Coastal Rainforest Safaris

Coastal Rainforest Safaris delivers exciting wilderness experiences by Rigid Hull Inflatable wildlife viewing boats, commonly referred to as zodiacs, amongst the diverse wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, on the wild West Coast of Canada. Departing from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, we offer guests an immersive nature experience told from a unique, Indigenous perspective that explores our connection to the land and sea, the wildlife, and the history that makes the area what it is now.

We are unique in our vision of building a team of people from the territory that we are guiding in. Traditionally trained and culturally active, we share our local history, culture, food and harvest with adventurous visitors.

Authenticity is at the heart of our company and is present in everything that we do.

Sea otter tours

Departs daily at 10:00 am
From June 1 to October 3
5 ½ to 6 Hour Tour

$245 CAD per adult
$225 CAD per child
$1695 CAD private charter

Humpback Whale Watching Tours

Departs daily at 5:00 pm
From June 1 to August 31
3 to 3 ½ Hour Tour

$145 CAD per adult
$130 CAD per child
$995 CAD private charter

Whales, Otters, & Grizzly Bear Tours

Two night weekend package
Fridays to Sundays

$895 CAD per person / double occupancy
$1095 CAD per person / single occupancy

  • 5 star ratingExciting!!! This day trip was so much fun! William was able to keep us safe & calm amid rough water while still looking out for mammals for us to see! we were lucky enough to see humpbacks, orcas, otters and more. we appreciated that once we had been around an animal for a bit, we drove off and didn’t overstay... read more

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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 ratingWildlife, Knowledge and Skill!!! Thank you again for the wonderful experience first hand to observe wildlife in their element. Andrew led a wonderful trip and shared his abundant knowledge of the area. We witnessed Sea Otters cleaning, feeding and relaxing with hands behind head, mama Humpback and calf diving deep, showing tail fins again and again, hearing each blow... Many Sheerwater... read more

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    Wild R.
  • 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... 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 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 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.... read more

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  • 5 star ratingBeautiful sea life adventure and tour! The experience was first class all the way. Captain William, guides Tyler and Ann were great hosts and knowledgeable. The flora, fauna and sea life unbeatable. We had great weather too! Thank you Coastal Rainforest Safaris.

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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... read more

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    Pamela D.
  • 5 star ratingBrilliant day out Had an unbelievable tour with Andrew! We were so fortunate to see a few whales breaching and all the animals we had seen along the way were just amazing! Andrew and his team run these tours incredibly and his genuine love for these tours makes it all the better! I would definitely recommend this tour if your looking for... read more

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    Christopher C.
  • 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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    NorthVanPat
  • 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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    Justin C.
  • 5 star ratingDELIGHTFUL Evening!!! I took the three hour evening tour and it was just perfect. We saw four humpback whales, at least a dozen Dall's porpoise, many sea otters, lots of bald eagles and other birds. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The moon peaked out between the clouds on our way back into the harbour and that... read more

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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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Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

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

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One of the coolest things I’ve seen ... a humpback whale trap feeding :^)
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We are currently leading a group of photographers around northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland on a five day wildlife safari. We have had some great experiences so far
Here is a photo and caption from @bradleyeastphotography from day two of.the tour:

"Yesterday we lucked right out and saw this Coastal Wolf who decided to check us out from the coastline.

What an amazing animal of Vancouver Island!

@coastalrainforestsafaris "•


#wolf #wolves #coastalwolf
#wildlifephotography #safari #visitporthardy #gonorthisland #explorevancouverisland #explorebc #explorecanada #indigenousbc #indigenouscanada #goindigenous
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Ha̱'mapux̱wda t̕ła'yi x̱wa k̕wit̓a'a. Black bears like to eat barnacles, mussels, and other shellfish along the shorelines. At times, we see black bears on our trips; love it! #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational 📸 - @calsnape ...

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Ma̱'a̱mx̱'inux̱w lax̱ a̱wi'nakola sa T̕łat̕ła̱siḵwa̱la. Seeing orca in T̕łat̕ła̱siḵwa̱la territory is breathtaking! Hope Island is home to a beautiful people that have been here for centuries:) #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational ...

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