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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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Our tours may be on hold temporarily, but we look forward to helping with your future adventures.

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.

2021 Trip Info

Starting July 1, we hope to be taking reservations from residents of Canada who have been vaccinated (children under the age of 12 are exempted).

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

In order to further limit exposure, our trips this year will be three hours in duration and will not include lunch.

All guests and crew will be required to wear masks during the tour. If you cannot provide your own mask, let us know.

The cost per person is $130.00 (plus 5% GST). Preferred payment method is email money transfer to, once again, limit exposure for both guests and staff. Payment may also be made at our office.

We will not be able to run our tours on a daily basis and will be running twice a week (to start with), on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Additional trips may be scheduled; please check with us.

Nature in all it's glory

While we await the opportunity to invite you onto our boat, we have started a new section on our site where you can access premium content for a small fee. Please read up our page regarding this content.

Trip Advisor Reviews

    star rating  We were fortunate that favourable conditions – calm waters and blue skies – gave us the best opportunities to see transient orcas in abundance,humpback whales,pacific dolphins and harbour seals
    It… read more

    September 23, 2019

    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  We were with a tour company in July and we had two tremendous days with them. John and Marika were excellent made sure we saw a lot of wildlife from… read more

    Gary W
    July 30, 2021

Choose your adventure

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


Our famous

Day Trip

3 hour tour departs Wednesday's and Saturday's until BC Health Authority deems it safe to run at full capacity.


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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