Clayoquot Explorer & Hot Springs


Our Clayoquot Explorer & Hot Springs tour is an exciting 6 hour adventure where we explore the fjords of Clayoquot Sound and search for wildlife including whales, black bears, seals, sea lions, puffins, sea otters, bald eagles and over 20 miles of gorgeous coastline.Once disembarking at the dock in Hot Springs Cove, you will follow the historic cedar boardwalk through an enchanting rain forest of Nismakqin (formerly Maquinna Marine Provincial Park). At the end of this incredible walk lies a succession of natural geothermal hot spring pools, a cascading waterfall and a stunning view of the mighty pacific ocean – an amazing day trip for all ages! Join us on our daily group tour aboard our open zodiac for an exciting adventure. If you are interested in a private experience, private groups up to 4 guests will cruise the fjords on our covered aluminum vessel. Larger group of more than 5 guests will charter our open zodiac.


  • Boat tour of Clayoquot Sound
  • Learn the local flora and fauna with your expert captain/naturalist
  • Enjoy a walk in old growth rainforest
  • Soak in natural geothermal hot pools

Adults (19+): $245

Youth (13-18): $235

Seniors (65+): $235

Children (6-12): $225

Private (Groups 1-4ppl): $1,345

Private (Groups 5-10ppl): $1,545

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 3 km (1.8 miles)
  • Type: Boat Tour / Nature Walk / Private
  • Location: Maquinna Marine Park, Clayoquot Sound
  • Terrain: Wooden boardwalk
  • Group Size: 1-10 people
  • Season: Year Round
  • You will rendezvous with your guide at Storm Light Outfitters Tofino. Here we will depart by boat into Clayoquot Sound. These details will be discussed during the booking process.
  • We will search for wildlife by zodiac throughout Clayoquot Sound
  • We will walk in the ancient rainforest of Maquinna Marine Park
  • And we will soak and relax in beautiful natural geothermal hot pools


  • To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain and length of the trip. If your tour is graded introductory, no previous hiking experience is required and you can expect 2-4 hours of physical activity. These walks utilize well formed trails, boardwalks, beaches and in general are up to half day in duration. For you to be able to really enjoy this trip we recommend that you are to walk comfortably for a few hours at a time (with breaks included).
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • In an open boat like this, you get close to the elements. Our drivers have a high focus on safety and ensure a comfortable ride. *Children need to be over 40KG (88lbs) to ride in the open zodiac. If you child is under 40KG (88lbs) we recommend booking our private tour which is in our covered vessel.*
  • In its entirety, the trip takes 6 hours, and we have daily departures year round (weather permitting).
  • If you are pregnant or have back problems, you are recommended other experiences.
  • Dress in warm clothes in several layers (long pants, long shirt, sweater or jacket)
  • Good footwear
  • Water shoes are recommended (as the rocks entering the hot springs can be slippery)
  • Bring your own mittens, gloves, shoes according to the conditions
  • A buff / scarf no matter the weather when you go out in an open boat
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Backpack to carry everything
  • We recommend you bring a camera of course!
  • It’s also a good idea to pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
  • Packed lunch, snacks and water
  • We ask that you please bring your own reusable water bottle – we’re working to reduce plastic waste. Did you know that Tofino has some of the cleanest and freshest tap water in the world? Our fresh water supply comes from Colnett Mountain on the beautiful Meares Island. If you don’t have a bottle of your own; Reusable Bottles are available for purchase at our Storm Light Outfitter’s Booking Office along with a variety of outdoor gear.
  • To add to our guests’ comfort, we provide two-piece Helly Hansen waterproof sailing suits plus binoculars. The two-piece suits are much easier to get in and out of than the traditional one-piece suits used by most companies.
  • Boat charter and captain
  • Water (1 litre recommended)
  • Gratuity for your guide

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