Experience whales in their natural habitat onboard one of our open-air, covered vessels! Enjoy great views while you ride in comfort.
Hot Springs Cove Day Tour
- Private Tour All Ages • Up to 12 passengers
Day Tour of Hot Springs Cove
Cruise into the heart of Clayoquot Sound through the protected inlet waters or along the outer coast towards Hot Springs Cove located 26 nautical miles from Tofino at Maquinna Provincial Park. A long-time favourite stopover of locals and passing fishing vessels, this magical place is accessible only by boat or plane.
Although we do not offer any guaranteed sightings on this tour, the 1-1.5 hour scenic boat ride each way presents many opportunities to view wildlife such as Whales, Bears, Sea Otters, Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions and much more.
Once your skipper drops you off at Hot Springs Cove, hike for 30 – 40 minutes along a raised cedar boardwalk trail through the vibrant temperate rainforest. This allows you 2-hours to explore and soak in the natural thermal hot spring pools that have poured over the rocks and into the ocean for thousands of years.
Located nearby are outhouses, change rooms, and a covered seating area. After your soak, enjoy your peaceful surroundings before exploring the rainforest on your way back to the boat.
Travel in the comfort of one of our cabin cruisers, the Pacific Springs or Eagle 44.
Some features of the Pacific Springs and Eagle 44 include:
-Full commentary by your skipper
-Indoor heated seating
-Open rear deck for wildlife viewing
While every Hot Springs tour may vary a little bit, below are estimates of how you will spend your time throughout your 6 to 6.5-hour journey to and from Hot Springs Cove.
- 1-1.5 hour boat ride to get to Hot Springs Cove
- 30-40 minute boardwalk hike from the dock to the hot springs
- 2 hours to change and then soak in the hot springs
- 30-40-minute boardwalk hike back to the dock
- 1-1.5 hour boat ride back to Tofino
- There are two composting toilet facilities – one at the beginning of the trail and another at the hot springs.
- Change rooms are available so you can pack your bathing suit to avoid wearing it all day.
- There is a covered unlocked storage area that provides a dry place to leave your belongings.
- There are no stores or facilities to purchase items at Hot Springs Cove so come prepared for a full-day adventure.
- There is no garbage pick-up at the park, so anything you bring with you must also be packed out with you.
- The hot springs are naturally sulphurous, so expect a natural aroma.
- Jewelry worn in the springs may tarnish in reaction to the natural spring water. Although it’s easily polished again, some find it easier to remove it before entering the pools.
On our Hot Springs Cove tours, we frequently see whales and other marine mammals. While we love sharing the experience of watching whales and other wildlife with our guests, we also follow guidelines to ensure we’re not encroaching on or disturbing the wildlife in its natural habitat. Tours in the winter months – November through February have fewer wildlife sightings as the whales have migrated to Mexico and the bears are in their winter dens.
Due to government regulations, we do not approach closer than 100 metres to all whales with the exception of Transient (Bigg’s) Killer Whales which we do not approach closer than 200 metres. While we do not approach closer than the noted distances, occasionally, while our vessels are turned off, the whales get curious and approach our vessels. At this point, we will retreat to the noted distances when it is safe to do so.
Be sure to bring binoculars for close-up views of these amazing marine mammals.
*Please note that wildlife sightings are not guaranteed on our Hot Springs Cove tours*
What should I bring for my tour?
For our Hot Springs Cove tours, you will need to bring the following…
-Comfortable walking shoes for the trail
-Swimsuit and towel
-Full lunch & beverages (no glass please). There is no freshwater drinking source available.
-Although not necessary, water shoes, sandals or old running shoes are recommended if you have them. The terrain is rocky and can often be slippery.
-A backpack or tote bag to comfortably carry your belongings.
-All garbage must be brought back to Tofino with you, Pack in – Pack out
NOT PERMITTED: Glass bottles, alcohol, smoking of any kind, soaps.
How accessible are the Hot Springs?
Upon being dropped off at the dock at Maquinna Provincial Park, guests then have a 30-40 minute hike along a boardwalk that features many stairs. Once arriving at the hot springs pools, guests must navigate the rocky coastline that surrounds these natural pools in order to get in and out and maneuver around the pools. Because of these reasons, we do not recommend this tour for anyone with mobility issues.
Do I need to worry bout seasickness?
If you are prone to motion sickness while in a car or have experienced seasickness in the past, we recommend being prepared by visiting a pharmacy to discuss the best option for you. Fortunately, there are many options to reduce the risk of becoming seasick. We recommend taking any over-the-counter seasickness remedies a few hours prior to your departure to allow you to see the best results.
Our Hot Springs Cove tours have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If any cancellations are received, including a reduction in the passenger numbers, within 24 hours of the tour departure refunds will not be issued. Any cancellations outside of 24 hours will receive a 100% refund.
At Jamie’s, the safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, we have extensive training and vessel maintenance schedules in place and have made significant investments in ensuring we have safety and life-saving equipment on our vessels that not only meet, but exceed Transport Canada standards.
Before each tour, our crew will gather all guests for a safety briefing while also distributing Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) to each individual.
Please read & understand our Covid-19 Safety Pledge & Updates before booking your tour.
All tours are subject to the signing of a waiver releasing Jamie’s Whaling Station from liability. Reading, understanding, and accepting the terms of this waiver is necessary in order to take part in any Jamie’s Whaling Station tour. If you are purchasing tickets for other guests, you must ensure that all guests read and sign their own waiver.
In addition to the listed fees on this page, all bookings will have the additional fees added at checkout:
-$4 Maquinna Provincial Park Fee (per person)
-$15 Ahousaht Stewardship Fund (per person)
-$3 Research, Rescue & Education Fee (per person)
-6% Booking Fees (online only)
Price Match Guarantee
Unlike our whale and bear watching tours, we do not offer a Price Match Guarantee for Hot Springs Cove tours.
Minimum Passenger Requirements
Our Hot Springs tours require a minimum of 6 passengers to confirm the tour. If the tour doesn’t confirm, we will try to move your reservation to a different day. We will contact you to let you know if your tour has not been confirmed and to give you alternative options.
Book a Whale Watching, Bear Watching, or Hot Springs tour with Jamie’s and receive $15 off per person for every tour after your first tour. Once you book your first tour, you will receive a confirmation email with your own personal discount code to apply to further web bookings.
-Can not be combined with any other discounts