Tofino Coastal Hot Springs Explorer

Whales, Bears, and Hot Springs are all possible (seasonally) in one amazing tour!

Hot Springs Cove is an exciting 6 hour adventure where our captains make an effort to find wildlife including whales, black bears, seals, sea lions, puffins, sea otters, bald eagles (aerie too) and over 20 miles of gorgeous coastline and beaches.

Our hot springs tours are offered year round (weather permitting). Although we can't guarantee wildlife sightings on this adventure, you have an excellent chance to see a lot of different wildlife. Once disembarking at the dock in Hot Springs Cove, you will follow the historic cedar boardwalk through an enchanting rain forest (1.5 km). 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!


Tour Duration: 6 hours

Daily Departure Times

Apr. 1 - Oct. 31: 10am, 1pm
May 1 - Sep. 15: 7am (Sunrise Tour)
Nov. 1 - Mar. 30: Varies from 8 - 10:30am (with tides)

Hot Spring Tour Rates

Adult: $139
Senior (65+): $129
Youth (13-18): $129
Children (4-12): $99
Ages 3 & Under: FREE*

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*One free infant per departure (covered vessel). First-come, first-serve.

*You may notice that departure times vary slightly from what is listed above depending on tides & daylight.

*Prices displayed are before taxes & fees.


Tour Duration: 6 hours

Daily Departure Times

Apr. 1 - Sep. 30: 8am, 11am, 2pm
May 15 - Aug. 2: 3pm (Sunset Tour)
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: 10am, 1pm

Hot Spring Tour Rates

Adult: $139
Senior (65+): $129
Youth (13-18): $129
Children (5-12): $99

Book Now

*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*Height Restriction: Children must be 142cm (4'6") tall for zodiac tours.

*Weight Restriction: Maximum weight for our largest flotation suit (which must be worn on zodiac tours) is 280 lbs (127 kg).

*Hot Springs tours from November - March are scheduled aboard our covered cabin-style vessels, but zodiacs are available upon request.

*You may notice that departure times vary slightly from what is listed above depending on tides & daylight.

*In case of heavy rainfall in October we cannot guarantee a Zodiac style vessel. We will switch you to a covered boat if available.

*Prices displayed are before taxes & fees.

Want more adventure?

Check out our float plane option for this tour!

Take a guided boat trip up and fly back on a float plane from Hot Springs Cove. This program is called Sea 2 Sky! Get a bird's eye view of Clayoqout Sound's incredible wilderness!


Hot Springs Cove Details


  • Make sure you read & understand our booking policies and waiver terms before processing your reservation.

  • A ecological stewardship fee of $7 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Ocean Outfitters donates this amount annually.

  • We collect a $4 per person BC Parks fee (not for children 6 and under)

  • Hot Springs Cove is a remote Provincial Park. There is no fresh water, no services other than out houses and the closest medical center is in Tofino. The water is hot (average 50 degrees Celsius) and it is important to monitor your time in them so that you do not become overwhelmed by the heat or become dehydrated. The trail to the springs and the wet rocks can be very slippery. We recommend water shoes for in the pools.

  • You must be fairly agile to walk the trail to the Hot Springs and to gain access to the natural pools. Hot Springs is not suitable for wheelchairs. There are few hand rails along the boardwalk, and the trail and rocks can be very slippery.

  • We do our best to please everyone, but we cannot always guarantee vessel type, unless you are traveling with children under 142cm tall.

  • We allow one free infant per departure on first come first serve basis (covered vessels only)

  • There are height restrictions for children under 142cm tall aboard zodiacs

  • Zodiac tours are only available in Spring and Summer months

  • View our FAQ's page if you have any questions regarding our tours.

  • Multi-tour discounts available!

  • Reserve ahead for the busy summer months. Simply book online, call, or email us.


  • Dress warmly for the zodiac (long sleeves, pants, fleece or sweater)

  • Dress comfortably for the covered vessel

  • Warm hats and gloves

  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

  • Good walking shoes

  • Water shoes are also recommended (as the rocks entering the hot springs can be slippery)

  • A camera/mobile phone

  • Binoculars

  • Gum/Mints

  • A packed lunch/water/ beverage (no glass bottles please)

  • Bathing suit and towel, water shoes recommended

  • Backpack or daypack to carry everything

  • Your smile and a true west coast spirit for adventure!

Hot Springs FAQ’s:

How long is a Hot Springs Cove tour?

Our Hot Springs tours are 6 hours in duration and it is a 1.5 hour boat ride each way. The boardwalk from the dock to Springs takes approximately 30 minutes each way, which leaves you about 2 hours for a relaxing soak in the geothermal pools. Please be aware that the 1.5 km boardwalk contains approximately 750 stairs each way. The stairs are typically not very steep, and usually do not have many steps in a row, but we ask that you use your best judgement on whether or not you are fit for this type of adventure.

Is it possible to get only a ride to Hot Springs Cove?

We occasionally can offer one-way trips to Hot Springs Cove at a reduced rate, however the availability of these seats varies greatly and cannot be confirmed in advance. Please contact us on the day prior to your desired departure to check on availability: 250 725 2866 or

How long is the float plane flight on the Hot Springs Sea to Sky tour?

The flight time takes approximately 20 minutes.

Still looking for more…

Do you want your own private Hot Springs Cove tour?

Learn more about or private charters options.

Looking for a shorter tour to go on in our winter months (Nov. 1 - Mar. 1)?
Check out our 2.5 hours Clayoquot Nature Cruise tour.

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