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Tofino Coastal Hot Springs Explorer

Whales, Bears & 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.

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Hot Springs Cove Tours

Fall & Winter Tours (Oct - March)

Adult – $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18) – $99
Children (4-12) – $89
Ages 3 & Under – FREE*

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

Spring & Summer Tours (Apr - Sept)

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

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*Online bookings must be made at least 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).

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

Daily departure times For Hot Springs:

November 1 – March 30: Typically 10:30am, but please confirm with our office.

April 1 – October 31: 10:00am & 1:00pm

May 1 – September 10 (Summer Sunrise): 7:00am (usually a zodiac)

May 15 – August 20 (Summer Sunset): 2:30pm (usually a zodiac)

Tour Details:

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 everything. Once disembarking at the dock in Hot Springs Cove you will follow the historic cedar boardwalk through an enchanting rainforest (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 daytrip for all ages!

Most Hot Springs departures are scheduled aboard our cabin style vessels, but zodiacs are available upon request. During peak summer months we offer early morning departures at 7:00 am and late afternoon departures at 2:30 pm. These departures tend to be aboard zodiacs. There are height restrictions for children aboard zodiacs so be sure you meet the minimum height required (142cm).

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!

What to bring on Hot Springs Cove Tour

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

  • Dress comfortably for the covered vessel

  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

  • Good walking shoes

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

  • Warm hats and gloves

  • A camera/video/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!


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

  • A wildlife conservation fee of $3 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Ocean Outfitters donates this amount annually.

  • 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 Hot Springs and to gain access to the natural pools. There are few hand rails along the boardwalk. The trail and rocks are very slippery.

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

  • A small Carbon Offset fee applies

  • 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 our Spring/Summer season

  • 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 call us (1-877-906-2326), send us an email, or book online.

Want your own private Hot Springs Cove tour?
Learn more about or private charters options.

Give the gift of adventure!
Gift certificates for all of our tours can be purchased online. See our Gift Cards Page for more details.