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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  Spectacular Day on the Water – Went on the 4 hour whale watching tour yesterday and was not disappointed! We were surrounded by northern residents, humpbacks, porpoises, otter & finally stellar sea lions. It… read more

September 3, 2022

star rating  Outstanding trip! 32 orcas, porpoises, bald eagles. Captain and Marisa( sp?) were great. Orcas zoomed near sea lions!

September 6, 2019

star rating  We just came back from a whale watching tour with Mackay whale watching tours. It was an amazing experience. We were surrounded by humpbacks and Orca killer whales.… read more

jacqueline b
September 4, 2021

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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