Island Explorer

rated 5 out of 5 5 star average rating 14 reviews

4 Days

From $349 CAD
Vancouver Island, west coast, Canada, trip, tour, adventure travel, Vancouver, tours


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 6 to Sep 20: Tue, Fri


  • 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
  • Visit Port Alberni, the Salmon Capital of the World
  • 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

What’s included

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


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.


4 days | Departing Vancouver

Your adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. This 1.5-hour sailing is incredible. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for dolphins and orcas! We then head across to the thick rainforests of Vancouver Island. We’ll go past waterfalls, lakes and even stop at a stand of 800-year old giant Douglas Fir trees. We make our way into Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Tonight is the first of two in Tofino, a quaint little fishing village. (Dinner included) *Accommodation. 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.

With so many optional activities, such as beachcombing, hiking, whale watching, natural hot springs, sea kayaking and surfing to choose from, your stay in Tofino will be nothing short of amazing. Choose one or do a combination! Or simply unplug and find a beach to chill out at.

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). We’ll spend the night in the lovely provincial capital of Victoria. Enjoy a night out on the town!

Spend the day checking out the inner harbour and city sights, including the Empress Hotel, Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, and the waterfront. Victoria is an easy place to explore on foot. In the afternoon, we cruise back to Vancouver and the mainland on another scenic ferry ride.

Dates & Prices

Tours run from May to September each year Array ( [0] => 05 [1] => 6 [2] => 7 [3] => 8 [4] => 9 )
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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.




Whale Watching Tour (2 hrs)



Bear Watching Tour (2 hrs)



Sea Kayaking Tour (2 hrs)

From $55


Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs)



Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs)



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 shared hostel 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 $45 plus tax per person per night. Pre-paid accommodation package is available. Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.





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 www.oceanisland.com
DAY 4 Victoria > Vancouver N/A *Bed not reserved

  Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
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
HI Tofino 8:30am 81 West St, Tofino
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.


14 reviews of “Island Explorer


    1. Island Explorer
      Chloe Boote

      female, 30-35, United Kingdom
      It was a great experience – geared up to see “hidden” places and meet cool people.
      Ryan has huge enthusiasm for the island and spirit for travelling.
      HI Tofino was fantastic! Great BBQ and cleanliness in bedrooms and washrooms.

      Rating: 5/5

    2. Island Explorer
      Amanda Calverley

      female, 18-20, Canada
      Great for young travellers.

      Rating: 4/5

    3. Island Explorer
      Matthew Curry

      Male, 21-25, Australia
      It was a fantastic tour. I can’t wait for my next trip with Moose.

      Rating: 5/5

    4. Island Explorer
      Edel Flynn

      female, 30-35, United Kingdom
      Julia made our trip unforgettable. We love Julia. She is the best!

      Rating: 5/5

    5. Island Explorer
      Karl Overton

      Male, 26-29, United Kingdom
      Surfing was totally awesome and Julia went out of her way to make our day the best ever!

      Rating: 5/5

    6. Island Explorer
      Kobe Vanherweghe

      Male, 26-29, Netherlands
      Our guide Julia was very passionate about her job and willingness to make the trip as much fun as possible.

      Rating: 4/5

    7. Island Explorer
      Tracey Morgan

      female, 24, England
      Our Island guide Cam was one the best tour guides we’ve ever had!!!

      Rating: 5/5

    8. Island Explorer
      Ellen Williams

      female, 19, United Kingdom

      Rating: 5/5

    9. Island Explorer
      Eileen Campbell

      female, 35, Scotland
      The Surfing Instructor we had was fantastic and very helpful. Felt supported but also go lots of time to do our own thing.

      Rating: 4/5

    10. Island Explorer
      Melissa Murray

      female, 36, Scotland
      Excellent tour guide. Lots of fun and extremely helpful. Group dinner was fab! Thanks Cam

      Rating: 5/5

    11. 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

    12. Island Explorer
      Amanda O'Shea

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

      Rating: 5/5

    13. Island Explorer
      Dominika Kubanek

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

      Rating: 4/5

    14. 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

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