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Mackay Whale Watching is family owned and operated, let us show you the rugged coast of Northern Vancouver Island

Join the Mackay family, pioneers in killer whale watching in BC with over 40 years of experience for a cruise aboard the most innovative certified passenger vessel on the British Columbia coast. The Naiad Explorer will whisk you from Port McNeill to a whale watching experience like no other. Our 3 hour tours are complete with information, history and wildlife.

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the owners

We love what we do from meeting people from around the world, helping those closer to home and aiding in conservation to protect our little corner of the world we call home.

2023 Trip Info

Now booking for the 2023 season. We will be following all Covid guidelines that arise so please keep up to date on current Canadian restrictions with the links below.

Information for Canadian travellers can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart

Information for international travellers can be found here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Trips depart at 12pm and are 4 hours in duration, lunch is not provided.

The cost per person is $145.00 (plus 5% GST).

Trips will depart daily starting in early July

Trip Advisor Reviews

star rating  All around excellent! We were out for five hours total since we had to head way east to find the orcas, after spending more than an hour with the… read more

September 1, 2019

star rating  Marieke and Captain Bill were amazing, so knowledgeable and fun! We saw sea otters, stellar sea lions, humpback whales, an eagle and orcas! Thanks to MacKay Whale Watching, we learned… read more

July 29, 2021

star rating  My husband, 6-year old, and mother spent an amazing afternoon with Mackay Whale Watching. Captain Bill is a consummate professional and his boat is super fast and comfortable. On a… read more

July 22, 2021

Choose your adventure

From day trips to exclusive vessel rental we've got you covered


Our famous

Day Trip

4 hour tour departs daily at noon Begins early July 2023


Group Rates

Group Rate Day Trip

Currently unavailable, when we return to full capacity we will offer group rates.



Exclusive use of vessel

Optimal for tour groups, water taxi needs or after hour cruises. Message for details

Mackay Whale Watching

1514 Broughton Boulevard
Port McNeill, British Columbia

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time