Nanaimo Whale Watching in a Semi-Covered Boat

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Immerse yourself in BC's coastal wildlife as you travel through the gulf islands archipelago in search of killer whales (orcas), humpbacks, sea lions, porpoises, eagles, and more. Your guide has an academic background in biology and a passion for marine life! Whale sightings are guaranteed or your next trip is FREE. You'll cruise through the Salish Sea in comfort and style onboard Kula, our brand new 12-passenger vessel. Kula offers covered seating with sliding windows at each seat and a large open deck at the back of the vessel that provides unobstructed views of scenery and wildlife.

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 11, 2021
Everyone is knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and passionate about whales and nature. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Will visit again soon!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
September 12, 2021
Amazing experience Small group, all Covid-19 practices in place, no concerns. Educational and entertainment value tops. Whales and seals and sea lions..with view of Mt.Baker. Captain and naturalist have so much knowledge and love of the whales! Sorry photo don't do the trip justice...have amazing large a file to post.
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
September 10, 2021
We went on the semi closed top boat tour, the back area is easily large enough for everyone to view whales (10 people on our trip). Brad and Rodrigo were our guide and captain. They were awesome and so knowledgable! We loved hearing about the individual whales and saw zig zag and her calf. We stayed with them for around an hour and whilst we didn’t get to see any orcas we still loved it! And got to see harbour seals! We would definitely recommend this to anyone whose in the area was a highlight of our trip!
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About This Deal



Your day begins by checking in at our office 45 minutes before your departure time and then you'll head down to the boat as a group.

You'll then be introduced to the Salish Sea ecosystem and wildlife as you cruise through the Gulf Islands archipelago in search of whales and other marine life. You'll learn about the different types of whales that use the Salish Sea, including their natural history, and their roles in the marine food web.

Throughout your adventure, your captain will be in touch with other whale watching companies over VHF radio and will plan your route to maximize the area covered between vessels.

You'll spend a full hour viewing whales, and your marine naturalist will provide real-time insights into their behaviours. Onboard catalogues are used to identify individual whales, and this data will be collected throughout the season and sent to the Centre for Whale Research, Keta Coastal Conservation, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.

Your tour will wrap up with an educational talk on marine conservation focusing on threats to BC orca, and conservation initiatives will be discussed.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Minimum numbers apply. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation, in which case an alternative date or full refund will be offered.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Masks are required for all guests in the office and on the boats. Proof of vaccination is needed for our tours. For BC residents only digital vaccine cards are accepted. For people outside BC all forms of vaccine documentation are okay.
  • Professional guide with academic background in marine biology
  • Captain is certified by Transport Canada
  • Toilets onboard
  • Sunscreen available
  • Binoculars onboard (shared between guests)

  • The listed price does not include parking, which costs around 5-7 dollars CAD for the day.
  • Lunch is not included.
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from office

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Vancouver Island Whale Watch in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

  • Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates.
  • Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment.
  • Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale and Extraordinary Event Policy do not apply.
  • See Viator voucher terms under "Viator Vouchers" here.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

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