Whale Watching & Nature Tours in Ucluelet, BC

Ucluelet Whale Watching Tours

Join us for a morning or afternoon whale watching tour aboard our 43 ft (13 meter) covered vessel, the Nootka Princess, with onboard bathroom and heated cabin. This tour ranges between 3 - 4 hours (depending on the whales location).

 What To Expect On Your Whale Watching Tour

  Our tours consist of small, intimate groups and our vessels are not overcrowded. We believe in making your experience the best it can possibly be!

 The most common whales sighted in the Ucluelet area are gray whales, humpback whales, and the occasional killer whale (orca). On this tour you will also spot sea lions, seals, eagles, shore birds, and occasionally bears along the shoreline at low tide.

 Experience some the best whale watching Vancouver Island has to offer as you step outside Ucluelet's front door and explore one of the most beautiful places on Canada's Pacific Coast. Ucluelet boasts some of Vancouver Island's best whale watching plus breathtaking scenery and wildlife, including the Broken Group Islands within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

 This 3 to 4 hour tour includes various points of interest within the protected waters of Barkley Sound, and other wildlife areas we'll visit along the way. While viewing whales and other marine wildlife, the vessel will be positioned to provide some excellent photo opportunities.  At Cameron Ocean Adventures we know these waters, hidden coves and beaches intimately and we will take you to the best locations to view wildlife. 

 

 Please note, at Cameron Ocean Adventures we follow all rules and guidelines regarding safe viewing distance with marine wildlife in their natural environment as we are nature's guests. We do our very best to have a successful whale watching tour, but cannot always guarantee sightings. Our success rate is generally around 90% or better, as we work very closely with all local tour companies for whale reports to maximize our chances.  Book now, then grab your camera and come onboard for an adventure to remember!

 

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Please bring the following items for a successful day on the water:

Hat to cover your head

Light jacket to stay warm

Pants or trousers to keep warm

Comfortable shoes with enclosed toes

Camera

Waterproof bag for your belongings

Water and snacks

Binoculars if you have some

Are whales seen on every trip?

 

While we make every attempt to locate whales, we can not guarantee 100% that whales will be spotted. However, the likelihood of seeing whales on our whale watching tours is very high, as Ucluelet is one of the most densely populated areas on Vancouver Island for marine life. We do our best in every way to make sure you have a fun and successful whale watching experience.

Can anyone go on your trips?

Yes, most can go on whale watching tours. All ages from babies, young children, adults, and seniors are welcome. We do recommend caution to pregnant women and/or people with injuries/disabilities particularly with back/neck problems as the movement of the boat may cause injury. The captain will have final decision before departure.

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

Yes there are bathroom facilities. It's advised to use restroom facilities prior to boarding.

Can we hear whales?

Yes, if our boat is close enough to the whales you can hear them breath as they come up for air.

How do you locate whales?

Locating whales is a combination of distant whale spout sightings, spotting information shared by other boats and by understanding the behaviour and migratory routes of whales in the area.


What is the proper attire?

Guests are advised to dress warmly for their tour. Wear pants or trousers, and bring a sweatshirt. Please bring a jacket to protect against the wind. Even on a warm sunny day on land, it can be much cooler out on the water. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes with an enclosed toe for walking around the boat.

What's the best time of day to see whales?

There is no best time to view whales as they can appear at any time.

What happens if I get sea sick?

Local pharmacies sell a range of medications and herbal remedies for use before travel that might help you manage your symptoms. If you do start to feel seasick onboard, we recommend that you seat yourself at the back of the boat and watch the horizon. We will make every effort to ensure the boat journey is as smooth as possible, however we cannot guarantee smoothness of ride due to the changeable nature of waves and weather conditions.

Who takes care of us on the boat?

The boat captain and the fully trained, experienced crew of Cameron Ocean Adventures will be taking care of you.

Where are you located?

We are located at the Whiskey Landing Dock, beside the Aquarium, at the end of Main Street.