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Island Explorer

4 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $349 CAD
Vancouver Island, west coast, Canada, trip, tour, adventure travel, Vancouver, tours

Overview

Enjoy a trip to Vancouver Island and experience the authentic wilderness of west coast British Columbia. This 4 day tour of Vancouver Island will give you 2 nights in the little fishing village of Tofino, where you can go whale watching, soak in the natural hot springs, take a paddle in a sea kayak, surf some waves, or just relax on the beach. Then heading south to Victoria you’ll explore British Columbia’s provincial capital with its beautiful and historic inner harbor. Stopping along the way in several provincial parks, you’ll see Vancouver Island’s best scenery of idyllic clear lakes, giant old-growth trees, and picturesque waterfalls.

DEPARTURE DATES – from Vancouver

May 5 to September 19: Tuesday, Friday

What’s included

  • Moose bus transportation
  • Scenic ferry trips to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of the tour guide/driver
  • 1 dinner

 

*Please note that accommodation is not included in the tour price. Accommodation in hostels is pre-booked for those that want it, or you can purchase our accommodation package.

Moose bus pass holders receive discounts on activities, attractions and accommodation.

Get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Itinerary

4 days | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • Two scenic ferry rides across the Georgia Strait
  • See majestic 800 year-old giant Douglas-fir trees in Cathedral Grove
  • Marvel at prehistoric petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park
  • Revel in the island-dotted coastline and windswept beaches of Pacific Rim National Park
  • Enjoy a free day exploring the quaint little fishing village of Tofino
  • Go whale watching, bear watching, sea kayaking, surfing or relax in the hot springs (optional extras)
  • Explore the historic inner harbor of Victoria, British Columbia's capital

Your adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for dolphins and orcas! We then head into the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island where you get great views of waterfalls, lakes, and 800-year old giant Douglas Fir trees. We make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Tonight we stay in Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast. (Dinner included)

  • Reservations for tonights accommodation are made at the HI Tofino
  • If you are booking alternative accommodation, ensure you are booking in a location that is a Moose designated pick-up/drop-off, or one that you are comfortable reaching independently.
  • Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities such as whale watching, natural hot springs, sea kayaking and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. If you're not seeking adrenaline, simply unplug and find a beach or go for a hike to relax.

  • Reservations for tonights accommodation are made at the HI Tofino
  • We’ll head back across the island today along the east coast, passing through Ladysmith, birthplace of Pamela Anderson, and Chemainus, with its giant murals (39 outdoor murals). Tonight is spent in the lovely provincial capital of Victoria.

  • Reservations for tonights accommodation are made at the Ocean Island Inn for Tuesday departures from Vancouver, and the HI Victoria for Friday departures from Vancouver
  • Spend the day checking out the inner harbour and city sights, including the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, and the waterfront. In the afternoon, we cruise back to Vancouver and the mainland on another scenic ferry ride.

  • Drop off this evening is at any of the designated pickup locations, or if you have purchased the accommodation package and are continuing on to other tours you will be dropped off at HI Jericho.
  • Dates & Prices

    Tours run from May to September each year.
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    Departs
    Vancouver
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    Details

    Jump on the Island Explorer and take the opportunity to try local adventure activities like surfing in Tofino. Moose offers loads of options to soak in the scenery in a relaxed way, like whale watching and hot springs.

    ACTIVITY

    $CAD

    Location

    Whale Watching Tour (2 hrs)

    $86

    Tofino/ Victoria

    Bear Watching Tour (2 hrs)

    $86

    Tofino

    Sea Kayaking Tour (2.5 hrs)/(4.5 hrs)

    From $56

    Tofino

    Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs)

    $115

    Tofino

    Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs)

    $65

    Tofino

    Moose books your accommodation for each night of the tour so all you need to worry about is having fun! We always choose top rated hostels with high quality accommodation and a fun atmosphere. Moose reserves a single bed per passenger in coed dorm rooms. You simply pay for your bed when you arrive at the hostel or you can purchase the optional Accommodation Package.

    You must make your own reservation if a) you would like to upgrade to a private room, b) you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel, and always c) for the final night of the tour in Vancouver.

    Listed here are our preferred hostels on Vancouver Island. Prices range from CAD$25 to $75 plus tax per person per night. Pre-paid accommodation package is available. Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    TOUR

    DESTINATION

    HOSTEL

    WEBSITE

    DAY 1 Vancouver > Tofino HI Tofino www.hihostels.ca
    DAY 2 Tofino Free Day HI Tofino www.hihostels.ca
    DAY 3 Tofino > Victoria

    Ocean Island

    HI Victoria for Friday Departures from Vancouver

    www.oceanisland.com

    www.hihostels.ca

    DAY 4 Victoria > Vancouver N/A *Bed not reserved

      Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
    VANCOUVER > TOFINO    
    Hi Jericho 7:45am 1515 Discovery St, Vancouver
    HI Downtown 8:05am 1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver
    Cambie - Seymour 8:20am 515 Seymour St, Vancouver
    HI Central 8:30am 1025 Granville St, Vancouver
    SameSun Vancouver 8:30am 1018 Granville St, Vancouver
    TOFINO > VICTORIA    
    HI Tofino 8:30am 81 West St, Tofino
    VICTORIA > VANCOUVER    
    HI Victoria 3:00pm 516 Yates St, Victoria
    Ocean Island 3:15pm 791 Pandora Ave, Victoria

    1. Bring proper clothing for the tour. The weather in Canada is predictable, but changes in temperature can occur throughout the day depending on location (this is especially true in the mountains or during the spring and fall months elsewhere). Find out what else to bring on our FAQ page.
    2. If possible bring a credit card with you while traveling. Credit cards can be used as identification and for making deposits on rentals if needed.
    3. Don't forget your camera - we will guarantee that you will want to take photos of new friends, beautiful scenery and wild animals!
    4. Book your pre-departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up at major hostels in Vancouver. Not sure where to stay? Contact our office for recommendations.
    5. Join our Facebook travel community and hook up with you future bus mates. If you have any questions we can surely answer them there. Possibly peruse some of the pics of passengers past! 
    6. If you have any other questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact our office.

    Reviews

    15 reviews of “Island Explorer

    Reviews

    1. Island Explorer
      Rodney Mu

      Male, 28, Australia
      Island explorer was worth. Had doubts about joining a backpacker style hostel tour but it was a great decision! Dominic was great and easy going!


      Rating: 5/5

    2. Island Explorer
      Karina Wenzl

      female, 34, Denmark
      More than just a driver but actually a friend. Thank you so much Julia, you were great!


      Rating: 4/5

    3. Island Explorer
      Dominika Kubanek

      Male, 27, Germany
      Julia was an excellent guide! Face hurts from laughing so much.


      Rating: 4/5

    4. Island Explorer
      Amanda O'Shea

      Male, 36, Canada
      Julia went above and beyond what I expected!


      Rating: 5/5

    5. Island Explorer
      Dominic Wyeth

      Male, 38, Australia
      Julia on the Island tour was my favourite tour guide EVER! She is a natural calm leader and passionate about her job.


      Rating: 5/5

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