Remote Passage

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Hot Springs Cove

Remote Passages brings many years of experience and a responsible approach to whale watching on the west coast. We offer a half-day whale watching program that travels to Gray whale feeding areas near Tofino, and a combination package which includes the thermal pools at Hot Springs Cove.

Our excursions take you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery, and wildlife such as Gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and Killer whales. The area is also known for its variety of sea birds, including tufted puffins, and the numbers of resident bald eagles.

"Hot Springs Explorer" (6 1/2 hours)

Hot Springs Cove is a natural hot spring located in Maquinna Provincial Park in the remote north end of Clayoquot Sound. Hot Springs Cove is reached by walking a 2 kilometre-long wooden boardwalk trail from the dock. The springs are open year round and accessible by taking the Hot Springs Explorer from Tofino.

Soaking in the hot springs or strolling the boardwalk
  • March/April through October
  • travels 32 km/20 mi. from Tofino to the north end of Clayoquot Sound
  • marine wildlife stops on this outstanding coastal exploration program can include California and Steller sealion haul-outs, bald eagle lookouts, and a scenic seabird nesting island
  • frequently includes whale observation & information stops; black bear occasionally seen on this route
  • 2 km/1mile hike on rainforest boardwalk trail from dock to springs
  • natural sulphur hot springs (about 50C/110 F) offer a truly magical soak
  • a day excursion for the energetic! (pack a lunch)
Strolling the boardwalk


Departure Times & Rates for 2024*

ProgramVesselRate     DeparturesDuration
   Hot Springs
Zodiac $229   Call for departure times

        6 - 6.5 hours

Cabin $229  

>> Requires a minimum of 6 to launch / Group Discount for parties of 6 or more <<

We recommend advance reservations for all our tours.

Prebooking can be arranged by VISA or MasterCard, or with 50% deposit.

Special change / cancellation policy for this limited-availbility program:  minimum 1 week notice prior to departure (groups may vary)

Book Today, Make a Reservation Online or Call toll free 1-800-666-9833 Locak / Int'l: (250) 752-3330

* Add $16 Fuel Surcharge (July 1/23); add 5% Tax at time of payment. We reserve right to change price without notice. Discounts on Adult rates only.

  A $4 Provincial Park fee for Maquinna Marine Park plus an Ahousat First Nations Stewardship fee of $15 are added to fare at time of ticketing.

Please Note: $3 will be added to all fares to support marine wildlife and forest ecosystem research and education in Clayoquot Sound.