Island Explorer

4 Days

From $379 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 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!

2019 DEPARTURE DAYS – from Vancouver

May 03 to September 17:    Tuesdays, Fridays

What’s included

  • Moose Bus transportation
  • 2 scenic ferry trips to and from Vancouver Island
  • Services of a professional & fun tour guide/driver
  • 1 group dinner
  • National Park fees

Get more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*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.


4 days/3 nights | Departing Vancouver


  • 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
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: 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.

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: 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!

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations (Tue departures from Vancouver): Ocean Island Inn
  • Moose Accommodation Reservations (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.

  • Moose Accommodation Reservations: 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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    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.


    Approx. Price (CAD)


    Whale Watching Tour (2.5 - 3 hrs)



    Coastal Bear Watching Tour (2 - 2.5 hrs)



    Sea Kayaking Tour (2.5 hrs)



    Sea Kayaking Tour (4 hrs) $84 Tofino 

    Natural Hot Springs & Whale Watching Tour (6.5 hrs)



    Surfing (Lessons & rentals included, 3 hrs)



    * Prices shown may not include applicable taxes

    We know that a good night’s sleep is important, especially after a busy day of travelling with lots of fun activities. We choose hostels and backpacker properties that offer budget value, as well as great facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere.

    As part of our included service, we pre-book your accommodation so all you need to worry about is having fun! We reserve single beds in mixed gender hostel dorm rooms for every passenger, on every night of the tour. By staying in shared rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other Moose travellers, and pay less than you would booking a private room or hotel.

    How To Pay For Your Accommodation

    You simply pay for your pre-reserved Moose bed when you arrive at the hostel. Dorm bed prices range from CAD$29 to $75 plus tax. Alternatively, you can purchase our optional Pre-Paid Accommodation Package.

    Pre-Paid Accommodation Package

    To make life on your Moose tour as simple as possible, we recommend purchasing our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package. The package covers your accommodation costs for the standard nights of the trip, in mixed gender dorm beds, so you’re already paid up when you check in. This means you’ll be in your room faster, and therefore have more time to enjoy your epic adventure! Important Note: do not purchase the Accommodation Package if you wish to stay in private rooms or alternative accommodation on any night (or multiple nights) of the tour. We do not offer an accommodation upgrade service, nor we do we offer partial refunds of any unused dorm bed nights.

    Do I Ever Need To Book My Own Accommodation?

    If you’ve booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

    • for your pre & post tour nights in Vancouver

    If you haven’t booked our Pre-Paid Accommodation Package, you ONLY need to make your own reservation:

    • for your pre & post tour nights in Vancouver,
    • if you would like to upgrade to a private room, and/or
    • if you choose to stay in a different hostel/hotel,
    Please advise us if you book your own accommodation on any standard night of the tour, so that we can cancel the pre-reserved bed we are holding for you.
    Send us an email (include your Moose Confirmation Number):


    Here are the hostel locations where we reserve beds on this tour:





    DAY 1 Vancouver > Tofino HI Tofino
    DAY 2 Tofino Free Day HI Tofino
    DAY 3 Tofino > Victoria

    Ocean Island*

    HI Victoria**

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


    * On Tuesday departures from Vancouver, we reserve beds at Ocean Island Backpackers
    ** On Friday departures from Vancouver, we reserve beds at HI Victoria

      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

    Sector Name Sector Departs From Overnight Destinations En Route Sector Finishes At Sector Length 2019 Departure Date Range Sector Departure Days Sector Finish Days
    Island Explorer Vancouver Tofino (2 nights), Victoria Vancouver 4 days May 03 to Sep 17 Tue Fri
    Fri Mon


    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.


    15 reviews of “Island Explorer


    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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Island Explorer
      Ellen Williams

      female, 19, United Kingdom

      Rating: 5/5

    9. Island Explorer
      Tracey Morgan

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

      Rating: 5/5

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. Island Explorer
      Edel Flynn

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

      Rating: 5/5

    13. 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

    14. Island Explorer
      Amanda Calverley

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

      Rating: 4/5

    15. 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

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