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Paddle through the inner islands of Tofino's sheltered inlet waters. Explore the beautiful shorelines and island channels while taking in the breathtaking views of Clayoquot Sound. Join a small group (maximum 6) and let us guide you through the ins and outs of sea kayaking in our local waters. Hear stories and learn about the natural environment of Clayoquot Sound. View and learn about the incredible wildlife that call these waterways home.

This is the perfect kayak tour if you don't have a lot of time but want to experience the famous scenery and wildlife of Tofino. 

Fully guided by professional, certified sea kayak guides. Listen to stories and learn about the incredible wildlife, and natural environment of Clayoquot Sound. 

Tour length: 2.5 hours. Enjoy approximately 2 hours on the water. 

Suitable to all experience levels.


*2 passenger minimum to confirm tours, all passengers must be 4 years or older


What to Bring (The Quick and Dirty):

  • Water, snacks, camera and make sure you are comfortable and prepared for the weather.

Please do not bring any valuable items you do not want to be as a sacrifice to the ocean. 


  • light layer, warm layer and rain jacket (or wind breaker)

Jeans and cotton clothing are NOT recommended. Synthetic and natural fibres that do not loose insulation when wet (ex. Merino wool and fleece) or other quick dry materials are recommended.


  • sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses

Due to glare off the water it is important to bring sun protection. Often overcast and foggy days are the nastiest days for UV exposure.


  • 2.5 hour tours: any comfortable footwear (sneakers, running shoes, sandals, etc)

All of our tours launch from a floating dock allowing feet to stay dry on our 2.5 hour tours which do not involve getting out of the kayaks.

We do our best to keep your feet dry but we do paddle in a marine environment so there is potential for your feet to get wet. The Big Tree Trail on Meares Island is mostly boardwalk but sections are a forest trail which can be challenging in flip flops.


  • snack, camera, water

We recommend bringing a light snack (granola bar, piece of fruit, trail mix, etc) on the 4 hour tours and highly recommend something more filling to refuel with on the 6 hour tours. It takes energy to be on the water and explore for 4+ hours.

Bringing a camera to capture your experience is highly recommended. However, cameras are brought at your own risk and Paddle West Kayaking does not guarantee any electronic devices will not get wet. We provide dry bags for your use and suggest limiting the number of electronic devices you choose to bring with you on the ocean.


  • waterproof dry bag
  • all necessary paddling and safey equipment

It is not necessary to bring a backpack with you. Anything that needs to stay dry can be packed into a dry bag, and all else is best stored in a a grocery bag. Backpacks can be accomdated and will be stored in a water-tight hatch that cannot be accessed while on the water. 


Book This Tour: Tofino - 2.5 hour - Islands