Vancouver Island Whale Watch, Nanaimo

#4 of 27 in Outdoors in Nanaimo
Nature / Wildlife Tour · Hidden Gem · Other
Vancouver Island Whale Watch is the FIRST and ONLY whale watching company based out of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC!

We are a group of experienced professional whale watchers with scientific backgrounds who have decided to leave the big city of Vancouver and immerse ourselves in the Pacific Northwest. And what better place to go than Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands!

Nanaimo has wildlife galore, right at it's doorstep - humpback whales, orcas/killer whales, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, and more - and we can't wait to show it to you.

Our aim is to provide sustainable whale watching; we acknowledge that whale watching is a growing industry and we want to provide tours that give everyone the chance to see these incredible wild animals all the while keeping the animals' well-being as a top priority.

In addition to abiding by local whale watching regulations set by the PWWA, we will keep a small fleet and prioritize seeing the transient (Bigg's) orca above the resident orca. The local resident orca population is endangered and we would like to reduce as much human pressure on this group as possible. However, the transient orca (marine mammal hunters) and humpback whale populations are both thriving in this area and are just as exquisite to watch!

So ask yourself, have ever seen a humpback whale's gorgeous fluke or a family of orca in a suspenseful hunt? This is all happening right outside of Nanaimo and we want you to see it. Join us for a tour and witness something you thought could only be seen on tv!
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  • I saw so much on our 4 hours on the water, a variety of different sealife, the crew was fantastic, and just a great time overall, highly recommend.  more »
  • Ryan our guide and Mike the Captain did not disappoint...and neither did the orcas! We saw three orcas hunting seals and swimming. They surfaced about 50 ft from our boat! Amazing bucket list...  more »
  • They were really conscious on the well being of the whales. A biologist was on board giving lots of nice information. Great speed boat, the ride alone was worth the money. Saw 3 humpbacks and killer whales, beautiful when we went through the Islands seeing sea lions and eagles. Good for families or teenagers as us. 4 hours tour.
  • We came from NYC to see some whales and we really did get our money’s worth here. We saw 2 different pods of killer whales as well as a lone humpback and various other species of marine life. The boat was clean and nice and the stuff was super friendly and happy to be on the water with us. Highly recommend this activity.
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