Remote Passage

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Sea Kayaking Day Trips

Our Sea Kayaking Day Trips:   "Clayoquot Explorer"  |  "Islands"
Recommended Gear | Departure Times and Rates

A Paddle on the Wild Side . . .

Tofino is known for its spectacular wilderness surroundings. Remote Passages' sea kayaking day trips bring you quickly from the bustle of Tofino harbour onto quiet waters nearby where rainforest, beaches and tidal flats surround you.

Visitors who are in the area for several days often choose a kayak outing with us on one day, and a more wide-ranging Zodiac excursion on another. Remote Passages' knowledgeable staff can help you plan an itinerary with several marine outings - a fun and relaxing way to discover the many marvels of Clayoquot Sound!

Our Sea Kayaking Day Trips

  • run daily April - October
  • move through the protected waters of Tofino harbour and nearby inlets
  • introduce the natural and cultural history of Clayoquot Sound through interpretive programs



  • No experience necessary: a medium level of fitness is required (many of our guests are first-time paddlers)
  • Programs begin with a training session on land
  • trip is fully guided; maximum 6 guests to 1 guide


Clayoquot Explorer (4 hours)

  • Tofino to Meares Island, paddling through harbour islets
  • includes a walk on the 'Big Tree Trail'
  • you learn about rainforest ecology and local history (... and remember to watch for eagles and migratory birds on the mudflats at low tide)
Clayoquot Explorer

"Islands" (2 1/2 hours)

Strolling the boardwalk
  • from Tofino, you paddle toward the outer-coast islands
  • stories of 'Clayoquot Island characters,' and early evening wildlife sightings often highlight this program
  • Note: Sometimes the "Islands" is a "Sunriser" or "Sundowner" scheduled to best accommodate tidal changes - often a good chance to watch interesting birds!


Recommended Gear

We provide all basic kayaking gear. For your comfort, we ask you bring the following:

  • rain jacket or windbreaker
  • long sleeved top
  • high energy snack, water/juice
  • sunglasses (on a string)
  • sunscreen
  • sun-protective hat

Departure Times & Rates for 2023*

ProgramPer PersonDeparture TimesDuration
Clayoquot Explorer $120** varies according to tides 4 hours

Islands $79 varies according to tides 2 1/2 hours

We recommend advanced reservations for all our tours. Group rates available -- please enquire.

Sea kayaking programs recommended for persons age 12 and over.

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

48 hour change / cancellation policy (groups may vary)

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

* Add 5% Tax.  We reserve right to change price without notice.

** Trail fee of $3 p.p. will be added to this fare on behalf of the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Society.

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