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Vancouver Island Whale Watch

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Open Now: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Vancouver Island Whale Watch is the FIRST and ONLY whale watching company based out of Nanaimo, BC! We are a group of experienced professional whale watchers with scientific backgrounds who are passionate about the wildlife in the Pacific Northwest...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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70 Church St | 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H4, Canada
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+1 250-667-5177
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a whale watching tour and from the moment we booked we were in communication with them as we were travelling from Calgary and wanted to make sure we have what we needed and were prepared. They went above and beyond from both helping...More

Thank Cory M
Van-Island-WW, Manager at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Cory for your amazing 5 star review! We are thrilled that you had such an amazing experience with our company and thank you for highlighting the professionalism of our staff. Sounds like you were out on one of our double species days and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived on Vancouver Island my whole life but had never seen Orca until I went out on the water with Vancouver Island Whale Watch. James was our captain and Val was our guide on all things related to marine life and mammals during our...More

Thank Odyssey594377
Van-Island-WW, Manager at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your 5 star review Shana! Val and James are amazing crew and I'm glad you had such a great time with them. We strive to be leaders in sustainable whale watching and always want to treat the animals with the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing tour; if I ever make it back to the island we will defiantly go again! Val was a great tour guide.

Thank TammyF477
Van-Island-WW, Manager at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Tammy for your 5 star review! Val is an excellent marine naturalist and I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour so much!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The relatively small group and open boat allowed us to have a fantastic and personal experience as the on-board (and locally based) naturalist could respond to our questions while the driver could take us to each group of whales that group participants could spot. We...More

Thank utopia92
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your five-star review! It's great to hear that you had such an amazing experience while out on the water with us! Our naturalists all have a vast knowledge of the local animals and ecosystems and are always excited to be able to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great tour, the groups are small so you aren’t part of a large group crammed into a boat. The staff is knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. It was three hours and was worth it just for the boat ride through...More

Thank Susan D
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your five star review, Susan! All of our marine naturalists come from an academic background in biology, and love to answer any and all questions that come their way. I'm glad you had a great time and we hope to see you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been with these guys several times and loved it! They're very knowledgeable and ethical ( they're the only ones to not look for the endangered southern residents). I would recommand them!

Thank Céline M
Van-Island-WW, Manager at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Céline for your 5 star review and for mentioning our sustainable approach! Excited to have you back with us next year!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had some time spare on a visit to Nanaimo and by chance saw a sandwich board on the pavement advertising a whale watching tour. So we went back the next day. The tour itself was in a fast moving zodiac. We were given flotation...More

Thank julit425
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing us a 5 star review! We love to hear when people have an amazing time with our company. We've been extremely lucky in seeing humpbacks very frequently for the last few weeks, and they really do put on a great show!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time during 4-hour whale watching tour. Our guide spotted 3 humpback whales right at the beginning of the tour and we spent most of the time watching them. We have moved later to other parts of the Island and saw some...More

Thank Chris K
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing us a 5 star review, Chris! Luckily various humpbacks have been coming through this area extremely often in the last few weeks, which makes for an amazing adventure. We truly love seeing people so interested in the wildlife around us, and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I shared an open boat on a prefect day for sailing. My wife has limited mobility and the crew and staff leaned over backwards to make it work. We both enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of humpback whales and sea lions. Thanks again...More

Thank Dianne61
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Dianne! We have been incredibly lucky with the number of humpbacks in the area right now! I'm glad the conditions were favourable, and that we were able to accommodate you to your satisfaction. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice tour with a Very eco-oriented approach on things with guides sitting on a lot of knowledge about the area! Bumpy speedy ride with Nice boats! We spotted a lot of humpbacks and harbor seals this day but no killer whales!More

Thank Niclas E
Van-Island-WW, Marine Naturalist at Vancouver Island Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Niclas! We are extremely glad to hear that you enjoyed the boat ride, and the knowledge of the marine naturalist on board. We have been incredibly lucky with all of these humpbacks being around lately. It is truly great to...More

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Response from Van-Island-WW | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot bring dogs onboard. We are out at sea for 3-4 hours, up to 5, and there would be no place for the dog to relieve itself. Also, the motion of the boats and the noise of the engines would be... More
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