A Water Taxi in Clayoquot Sound

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Ocean Outfitters: Meares Island Water Taxi

Big Tree Trail: Enjoy a scenic 15 min cruise to an enchanting boardwalk trail where you can stroll amongst some of the hugest and oldest life forms on the planet.
Lone Cone Hike: This water taxi offers you access to a 6.5 km (round trip) hike. The summit affords surreal views of Tofino and our surrounding islands.

368 Main Street  •  Tofino, BC  » View map

Toll free 1-877-90-OCEAN, or 250-725-2866


Remote Passages Marine Excursions

51 Wharf St  •  Tofino, BC

Toll free 1-800-666-9833 (Canada/US), Local & Overseas (250) 725-3330

Meares Island drop offs available - please inquire for more information.


Different Types of Water Taxis in Tofino

Getting around on the waters surrounding Tofino can be complicated and dangerous if you are unfamiliar with the area. Luckily, there are many two safe and reliable types of water transportation options available to visitors and locals.

Local Water Taxi

This is your best bet if you are planning a hike on the Meares Island Big Tree Trail. A water taxi is also a good idea if you need a drop-off with your kayaks somewhere around the "inside waters".

Covered Water Taxi

If you need a ride to the Tofino Hot Springs or the Wild Side Trail on Flores, then you will likely need to jump aboard a covered aluminum water taxi. There are many different people who run these taxis – your best bet is to wander down to the First Street Dock near the Tofino Hostel and ask when the next boat to your destination is leaving.

Other Ways to Get on the Water

While not nearly as time efficient as a water taxi, there are other ways to get over to Meares Island, Lemmens Inlet and some of the other lovely treasures that are near by Tofino but land-locked and only accessible by water.

Sea Kayak

With a guide, or on your own if you are an experienced kayaker, this is certainly a feel-good trip that will have you filled with wonder and awe. If you are a first-time-paddler, have a look at your various Tofino sea kayaking options and choose a tour package that is right for you. If you are experienced, make sure you know the tides, have a compass, emergency gear and a proper marine chart.

Paddle Board

In recent years we've seen an explosion of stand-up paddle boarding in Tofino and around Vancouver Island. This growing sport is an exceptional way to see Tofino's marine treasures that aren't accessible by land. Unless you are an experienced paddle boarder, it is imperative that you sign up for a tour or a lesson -- the ocean around Tofino is an every changing and potentially an extremely dangerous environment.