Island Explorer 2020 Non-Accommodated

4 Days

Start:
Vancouver
Ends:
Vancouver
Runs:
May–September
Price:
From $419 CAD
Vancouver Island, west coast, Canada, trip, tour, adventure travel, Vancouver, tours

Overview

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
This tour option DOES NOT include accommodation. You must book all of your own accommodation for EVERY night of the tour!

Click HERE for the accommodated version of this tour.

 
Enjoy a trip to Vancouver Island and experience the authentic wilderness of west coast British Columbia. This 4 day tour of Vancouver Island includes 2 nights in the little fishing village of Tofino, and 1 night in Victoria, British Columbia’s provincial capital. We’ll stop along the way to see Vancouver Island’s best scenery of idyllic clear lakes, giant old-growth trees, and picturesque waterfalls. And with a free day in Tofino, there’s time for whale watching, surfing, relaxing on the beach, and more!

2020 DEPARTURE DAYS & PRICING
May 01 to 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Low Season from $419
June 01 to 30 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $429
July 01 to August 31 Tuesdays, Fridays Peak Season from $459
September 01 to September 15 Tuesdays, Fridays Mid Season from $429

What’s included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • 2 scenic ferry rides to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • 1 group dinner
  • National Park fees
  • Moose travellers also receive discounts on optional activities!

Itinerary

4 days/3 nights | Departing Vancouver

Highlights

  • Cruise across Georgia Strait on two scenic ferry rides
  • 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 harbour of Victoria, British Columbia's capital

Our adventure begins this morning with a scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Walk around the ship decks and keep an eye out for seals and orcas! We’ll 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. Continuing westward, we’ll make our way into Pacific Rim National Park for our first glimpse of the pristine beaches, battered coastlines, and hundreds of islands. Then it’s on to Tofino, a quaint little fishing village on the West Coast, and our home for the next two nights.

Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Recommended Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

Take this free day to do whatever you please! With so many optional activities on offer, such as whale watching, soaking in 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.

Recommended Accommodation: HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point

We’ll drive back across the island today, stopping in the village of Coombs for a chance to spot the famous goats on the roof of the Old Country Market. From there, we’ll head south along the east coast, passing through Chemainus, with its 39 giant outdoor murals, and Duncan, home of the world’s largest (ice) hockey stick! Our destination for the night is the BC provincial capital, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria of Britain. Check out the bright lights and vibrant scene in the Inner Harbour after sunset!

Recommended Accommodation (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
Recommended Accommodation (Fri departures from Vancouver): HI Victoria

Spend your free time during the day exploring the city sights around the Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. We recommend walking the waterfront boardwalk to Fisherman’s Wharf, and exploring Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. In the afternoon, we’ll take another scenic ferry cruise back to the mainland and Vancouver, where our trip ends.

Accommodation: None. You will need to make your own reservations for tonight.

Dates & Prices

Tours run from May to September each year.
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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.

Note: Pricing below is from Summer 2019. Check back in April 2020 for updated pricing for 2020 tour departures.

ACTIVITY PRICE
(CAD $)
LOCATION
Whale Watching Tour (2.5- 3 hrs) $103 Tofino
Bear Watching Tour (2 - 2.5 hrs) $103 Tofino
Sea Kayaking Tour (from 2.5 - 4 hrs) from $65 Tofino
Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs) $139 Tofino
Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs) $68 Tofino

Please note:

  • Some activities are seasonal and weather dependent
  • Many activities can only be paid for in cash
  • Most activities are offered by a third party and may require specific travel insurance
  • Moose can not guarantee that all activities will run on every tour
  • Taxes and surcharges not included.

 

Non-Accommodated Tours

If you book a non-accommodated tour, you MUST book all nights of accommodation yourself. Moose will NOT include nor hold any accommodation reservations on your behalf in the overnight locations. You should book a non-accommodated tour if you wish to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties on your tour.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation is NEVER Included

Regardless of whether or not you purchase an accommodated tour, you must ALWAYS book your pre and post tour nights in Vancouver yourself. For your convenience, we recommend staying at one of our hostel pick up locations, noting that we also drop off at these same locations.

Moose Accommodation Listings

Here is a list of the hostels we stay at on accommodated tours. If you book a non-accommodated tour and wish to stay in hostel private rooms, we recommend booking at these same properties since that is where the majority of the other Moose travellers and your Moose driver/guide will be staying.

START > DESTINATION HOSTEL WEBSITE
Vancouver > Tofino HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point www.hihostels.ca
Tofino Free Day HI Tofino - Whalers on the Point www.hihostels.ca
Tofino > Victoria

Ocean Island* (Tue departures from Vancouver)

HI Victoria* (Fri departures from Vancouver)

www.oceanisland.com www.hihostels.ca
Victoria > Vancouver N/A *Bed not reserved

NOTES:

*Island Explorer tours departing Vancouver on Tuesdays stay at the Ocean Island Backpackers. Friday departures from Vancouver stay at the HI Victoria.

ITINERARY DAY 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 can be unpredictable, and 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 and post departure accommodation in advance. Moose tours pick up and drop off 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.

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