Making a Reservation
You can make a reservation for any of our kayaking day trips or multi-day trips by calling 1.800.889.7644 and speaking to our friendly and helpful office staff, or click here for our online reservation form.
If you are not sure which trip is the right one for you or if you would simply like more information on one of our trips please give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have. To reserve a space on our tours we require a deposit and a completed reservation form, which can be done over the phone or by email. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of your trip deposit or full payment.
Day trips require full payment at the time of booking, the payment is non refundable, credits will be issued in the case of illness. If we need to cancel the tour because of safety reasons you would be fully refunded.
Multi-Day trips require a non-refundable $200 deposit per person at the time of booking. This holds your space until full payment is due, 30 days prior to your trip departure date. We will contact you with a reminder and will not process the outstanding balance on your credit card without your prior consent.
Prices are per person, in Canadian funds. If using a credit card to secure your reservation, exchange rates will be determined by the issuing credit card company. You may complete our secure on line booking form and include your credit card number. If you are paying by cheque, we cannot confirm your reservation until the payment has been confirmed at our bank.
If you find it necessary to cancel your tour, please let us know as soon as possible. All payments are non-refundable but we are able to issue you with a credit for you to re-book another time. If you are unable to participate on the trip that you have registered for and are unable to reschedule to a trip within the same year, your credit does not expire. Your trip payment is transferable for any Majestic Ocean Kayaking scheduled trip (subject to availability).
After we have received your deposit and booking information we will confirm your reservation. For multi-day trips we will send you an information package. This will include everything that you will need to know in order to prepare for your tour including an tour description, packing list, transportation options and directions to us in Ucluelet. Please let us know if you are planning a birthday or anniversary trip so that we can help you to do something special. If you have special dietary considerations, please let us know in advance so we can discuss this with you and accommodate your needs.
We highly recommend that all guests purchase adequate trip cancellation insurance. Non-Canadians should have adequate health insurance to cover non-refundable trip costs due to personal or family illness or accident. For detailed information on insurance coverage, please contact your insurance or travel agent.
Trip Cancellation & Delays
Sometimes the weather can prevent us from taking you out on the water at the time and date that you requested. In this case we will give you a full refund or we will move you to another date and time that works for your schedule.
We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by guests if a trip is delayed due to weather, cancelled or delayed flights, or other means of transportation, illness, or any situation which we cannot make provisions for.
We recommend that you check your personal insurance coverage to ensure that you have sufficient health and personal injury insurance coverage should you require medical or hospital services during your visit. We, Majestic Ocean Kayaking do not provide any coverage for medical costs or evacuation should they be incurred during the course of your tour.
We do not require guests to have any previous kayaking experience in order to participate on our tours but we do require that you are comfortable around water and that you are in a good general physical condition, sufficient for 4 to 6 hours of daily kayaking, with rest stops and some easy hiking. If you have any physical concerns please let us know. If you have any specific medical conditions, we encourage you to check with your doctor before you reserve your trip.
Because we travel in a wilderness environment we require guests to have some flexibility and understanding that the itinerary of our tours can be subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. While traveling with us you agree to accept the authority of the guide at all times. Guests need to be aware that group travel can involve compromises due to differing abilities of group members and we ask that you come with an open mind and sense of adventure.
Medical and Liability Release Forms
We will send you a waiver form that we would like you to read before you register for the trip. Each guest is required to fully fill out the medical form and liability release form. We require the medical forms at least 30 days prior to tour departure. The Waiver of liability must be signed prior to departure at our office. You do not need to send this to us as we will ask you to sign in front of us when you check in for your tour. Any guest under the age of 18 years will be required to have a legal guardian sign the waiver on their behalf.
In order to have you join one of our tours we may need to collect your name, contact or billing information, transactions or credit card information. This information is used only for this purpose and we will not share your personal information with any other person or organization except as may be required to process your request for services or as required by law.
If you have provided us with your e-mail addess then we may occasionally send out news, updates or special offers by email. We will never share your email address with any third party. If you do not wish to recieve these you can unsubscribe at any time by emailing or calling us.
What We Provide and What to Bring
We supply high quality and perfectly maintained equipment; including single and double kayaks, paddle jackets, PFD’s, wet suits, 2 person tents, dry bags, camp cooking equipment and utensils. All you bring is your sleeping bag and personal items, as suggested in our what to bring list below.
Day Trip Information
- All kayaking equipment
- Lunch, individual water bottles and snacks
- Dry bags to store all your personal items
- Paddle jackets to wear in the kayak
- Life jacket and spray skirt
- Gloves if your hands get cold
- Shoes for you if you didn’t bring the correct footwear
- Extra hats because you really should have one for the day
- Sunscreen in case you forgot yours
- Wetsuits if we think that we would need them, but usually we don’t
What to Bring
- Shoes that you can get wet (sturdy sandals, old runners, neoprene booties, rubber boots)
- Hat (either sun or rain hat, a visor or cap)
- Sunscreen & lip balm
- Sunglasses and a retainer strap
- Camera and film
- Extra clothes (in case you want to wear something warmer/cooler)
Multi-Day Trip Information
- Fiberglass touring kayaks with rudders. The brands we carry are; Current Designs, Seaward, Nimbus and Necky
- Lightweight, fibreglass and carbon fibre paddles. These do off set for feathering if you prefer
- Neoprene Sprayskirts by Brooks Wetsuits.
- Neoprene gloves
- Comfortable, Salus Marine Wear life jackets (PFD’s)
- Kokotat paddle jackets
- Wetsuits from NRS and Brooks
- 3 dry bags per person, a 5 litre, 20 litre and 30 litre
- Laminated marine charts for each guest to follow along while on the tour and then to keep as a souvenir
- REI Taj 3 tents. These tents are roomy enough for 3 people, but great for 2 people to share with plenty of moving around space. A door and vestibule on each side allows for easy entry and storage of dry bags
- Big tarps for the kitchen and group sitting area
- Propane Stoves, all kitchen equipment
- Fresh water brought from town, 3 litres per person per day is our provision
- Toilet Paper
- A hand wash station, with clean towels and biodegradable soap
- All the safety equipment and first aid kit carried by the guide
- Campfire on the beach every night
What to Bring
- 4 polyester shirts
- 1 light fleece sweater
- 1 heavier wool sweater or fleece jacket
- 1 or 2 light gortex or nylon pants
- 1 or 2 polyester shorts
- Shoes (sandals, sneakers, neoprene booties or rubber boots)
- Socks (not cotton)
- Underwear (not cotton)
- Wool hat or toque
- Gloves or mittens
- Rain jacket & pants
- Rain hat
- Spare prescription glasses with safety cord or contact lenses.
- Personal medication
- Cycling gloves (optional to protect soft hands)
- Swim suit
- Stuff sack or light pack for small items
- Water bottle (we do provide them but you may like to bring your own)
- Sun visor or sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen/lip salve
- Insect repellant – (we don’t have many bugs)
- Small flashlight or headlamp
- Towel and toiletries
- Baby wipes (for tent bath)
- Camera & film
- Sleeping bag (synthetic, no cotton or down)
- Sleeping pad (closed cell or thermarest)
- Sleeping bags & pads for rent $30.00 per trip
A word of caution – Please do not wear cotton clothes. Blue jeans and a t-shirt are standard fare for most summer days but they don’t work well on a kayak trip. The cotton takes a long time to dry if it gets wet and can drain the heat away from your body very quickly. We suggest polyester type clothing, nylon pants, fleece or micro fleece shirts. If you don’t have this tell us, we may be able to help you.
Please do not wear jewelry or bring too many clothes. Wet suits and paddle jackets are provided for your comfort, to keep you warm and dry. We supply drybags to protect your personal belongings. Remember that there is limited space in the kayaks. Any items that do not fit can be stored in our vehicle until we return.
Thank you for coming prepared; your cooperation is most appreciated. Please let us know if you do not have everything required and we will do our best to help you.
Majestic Ocean Kayaking is located in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
We would really like to meet you the night before your tour departs. Please call ahead and let us know your estimated arrival time in Ucluelet. We would like to welcome you and give you some instructions on how to best pack for your trip.
We will give you some water proof bags to put your clothes and belongings in. If there are any specific items that we are supplying for you such as a sleeping pad then we will confirm this with you now so as to save time in the morning.
We want to be sure that you do have everything that you require for a comfortable trip. Please see the ‘About Ucluelet’ section of our website for some suggestions on where to stay, where to eat and some ideas for other things to do while in Ucluelet.
Getting to Vancouver Island and Ucluelet, British Columbia
Vancouver Island is accessed from mainland British Columbia and Washington State in the U.S. by ferry service. BC Ferries provides year round vehicle and walk-on ferry service. There are three options for ferry routes to the Island from Vancouver.
From Vancouver, ferries go to either Victoria or Nanaimo. Nanaimo is closer to Ucluelet. There are 2 ferry terminals in both Vancouver and Nanaimo. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen – Duke Point (South of Nanaimo) route, which has a sailing time of approximatley 2 hours. If you are coming through Vancouver (or from North of Vancouver), take the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay (North of Nanaimo) route, which has a sailing time of approximatley 1 hour and 35 minutes. If you want to come into Victoria rather than Nanaimo take the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay (Victoria) route which has a sailing time of approximatley 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Sailing times and schedules can be found on the BC Ferries website.
If you are travelling from the USA you can take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC. Victoria is on the south end of Vancouver island.Departing from Port Angeles you can take the The MV Coho which is a car and walk-on ferry that runs year round. From Anacortes you can take the year round vehicle and passenger ferry. From Seattle you can take the Victoria Clipper year round passenger only ferry.
Travel Directions from Vancouver by bus to Ucluelet – Updated March 2016
Two ways to get to Ucluelet from Vancouver Airport.
Option 1: Sky train from Vancouver Airport to bus station Vancouver. Take the bus from Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay across on the Ferry to Nanaimo, it continues on to Ucluelet. (click here to check schedule time)
Catch the Tofino Bus at the Vancouver bus station, 1150 Station Street, Vancouver.
Meet the bus at Vancouver Bus Station it takes you across on the Ferry to Nanaimo and then on to arrive in Ucluelet. Check the schedule – this only goes a few times per week. You could stay overnight in Nanaimo or Port Alberni and catch the bus the next day.
Option 2: Taxi from Vancouver Airport to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, costs about $50.00. There is always a lineup of taxi’s waiting at the airport.
Take the Tsawwassen Ferry to Duke Point Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo. Take a shuttle into the bus station/Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo. Take the bus to Ucluelet.
Ferry Departure times from Tsawwassen to Duke Point (check your dates on the schedule here)
Click here to reserve the Shuttle from Duke Point to bus station/ferry terminal in Nanaimo, do this in advance.
Bus departure times from Nanaimo bus/Departure Bay ferry terminal to Port Alberni and Ucluelet. (Click here to see the schedule)
Ucluelet is 182 km (113 miles) from Nanaimo on highway 4, approximately a 2.5-3 hour drive. Ucluelet is 293km (182miles) from Victoria on highway 1 and then highway 4, approximatley a 4-5 hour drive.
Some of the towns along the way are Parksville, Coombs, and Port Alberni. Drive through Port Alberni on Johnstone Road, go to the end of Johnstone Road and turn right on River Road. You can fuel up at the Petro Canada or the Tempo on River Road. The last full service station and store between Port Alberni and Ucluelet is the Tseshaht Market, where you can fill-up, pick up supplies, and grab a bite to eat. They also have a picnic and rest area, and a Tseshaht First Nation Totem Pole Garden.
Once in Ucluelet
Once in Ucluelet please telephone us, or drop by our Booking office & Kayaking Center. Follow Penninsula road through town until you pass the two schools. Turn left on Marine Drive & go 2 blocks towards the water, you will see our signs. We are located at the end of Marine at 1167 Helen Road and are well signposted throughout town.
Ocean Kayaking British Columbia, a destination, an adventure vacation, a trip of a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
In all cases quick dry synthetic clothing and lots of layering options are great for kayaking. Please avoid cotton as it takes a very long time to dry and offers very little insulation when wet. On a hot sunny day it is appropriate to wear quick dry shorts and a t-shirt. A swim suit could be worn underneath. Sturdy sandals, sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. On a cooler day throw on another layer such as a mid-weight synthetic top and quick dry breathable pants, perhaps also a wool or fleece hat and lightweight gloves. Rubber boots or neoprene booties are good choices for your feet. Have a waterproof windbreaker handy for rain showers. On a rainy day paddling can be tremendous fun as long as you are dressed for it. A brimmed rain hat, waterproof jacket, light rain pants, fleece and rubber boots would be ideal. We provide a detailed packing list for your tour. You can also visit your local outdoor store for advice on good quality outdoor and paddling clothing.
Are there any bugs?
No not really, but you may want to bring some insect repellant with you just incase. Mosquitoes breed in fresh water and since there is little or no fresh water at the campsites, the mosquitoes are at a minimum. Sometimes tourists with delicate white skin will be bitten long before the guides will. Sorry, that is our little joke.
Can I bring my own kayak?
Yes of course. This must be a ocean kayak. We will want to give it an inspection and we do reserve the right to refuse a kayak that we feel is not up to the task or level of safety required. We would be happy to discuss this with you. We would need to have your kayak delivered to us the day before your trip departs so that it can be loaded onto our trailer.
What will we eat?
One of the things that sets us apart from other kayak companies is the high quality of food that we serve on our tours. We serve locally caught seafood, homemade cakes and cookies, fresh salads and Tracys fantastic recipes for wholesome delicious salad dressings and sauces, all prepared in the Majestic B&B kitchen.
When you register we will send you our trip menu, look it over and then let us know if you have any food concerns or allergies. We would rather make the adjustment while packing up at home base than to have you going without food on the trip.
Tracy likes to “love people up” with food.
Do I need to be physically fit to join one of your trips?
Yes, physical fitness and core strength is essential for you to enjoy the tour. On our shortest trip of 3 hours, you would need to be capable of a few hours of moderate exercise.
On the day trips and multi day trips we paddle a minimum of 4 – 6 hours per day with rest stops.
If you have any health problems, please let us know when you are making your reservation so that we will be able to accommodate your needs and abilities.
How much paddling will we do?
On our multiday trips we will typically do 4-6 hours of kayaking each day with rest stops. We have plenty of snack breaks, bathroom breaks and photo opportunities. Typically we paddle for 2-3 hours before lunch and 2-3 hours after lunch. We may also spend some time doing some hiking and beach combing. The pace of the tour depends on the guests, the sea conditions and the weather.
After breakfast we try to be on the water by 9:30 am. We will visit some of the many islands and beaches, get out for a look around, do some hiking, have some snacks etc, then paddle on exploring until we stop for lunch.
After lunch more exploring either by kayak or on foot or both, it depends on what the group wants and the sea conditions. Usually you would be back at camp around 5:00pm for a little happy hour snack before the guides start making dinner.
What size are your groups?
We keep the group size as small as possible. On our multiday trips the maximum group size is 10 guests plus 2 guides. We are also able to offer custom private tours if you prefer, you must have at least 4 guests to have a private tour.
Will I capsize?
The likelihood of a capsize is minimal. The kayaks we use on our tours are very stable and designed for your comfort. We ask for your height and weight to make sure that we give you a kayak that fits you. Before we start our trip we go over paddling technique and safety procedures, which includes what to do in the event of a capsize. If for some reason your kayak flips over, our experienced guides will help you get back in your boat quickly and efficiently.
Be sure to listen to your guide as they give you lessons and directions, this will ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for you.
Where do we wash?
We supply a handwashing station with organic biodegradable enviromentally friendly soap and a towel.
For those wanting to wash up, we suggest a ‘tent bath’ with handi wipes or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean.
Please note that regular soaps, body washes and shampoos cannot be used as they may damage sensitive marine life. Regular shampoo when used in salt water sticks to your hair and you cannot rinse it off. For the trip you would be better off without perfumes and soaps. Of course everyone will like you more if you use deodorant.
Should I tip the guides and how much?
It is customary for the guests to tip the guides, but there is no obligation. The guides work hard, take pride in giving you the best tour that they can and do look forward to the tips. Tips are typically given to the guides at the end of the trip and range from 10-15% of the cost of the trip.
What is your emergency plan?
Our emergency plan is RISK MANAGEMENT. We are serious about what we do and with careful planning and communication with our guests we can avoid the little problems. Little problems are usually the start of the big problems.
We have several plans depending on the type of emergency, with protocols for each. Our certified guides are all trained to deal with emergencies, they all have wilderness first aid and VHF radio training. Our guides carry extensive first aid kits, cell phones and VHF radios, together with all the relevant emergency numbers such as Canadian Coast Guard and the Pacific Rim National Park wardens and Search and Rescue.
Majestic Ocean kayaking has a motor boat immediately available if required for any reason.
What if I am coming by myself?
No problem! We are happy to take one person bookings onto our existing tours. We have a tour departing every day for the day trips and every Friday and Saturday for the multiday trips.
What are the other guests like?
Our pretrip information and orientation plays a big role ensuring that all guests have a very good idea of what to expect on their tour. We ask guests to come with a spirit of adventure and friendship. Our guides are fun and friendly people and have procedures in place to bring the group together.
What kayak will I have?
We have double and single kayaks from Current Designs, Nimbus, Necky and Seaward. We will ask for your height and weight when you book your tour to allow us to select a kayak most appropriate to your size. We will then adjust the foot pedals and seat to ensure a good fit for you. A full group of 8 guests would have 4 singles and 2 doubles so that everyone can take turns to share the different kayaks.
Do I have to be able to swim?
No, you do not need to be a good swimmer to come on one of our trips but you should be comfortable in and around water. You will be wearing a pdf or lifejacket at all times while on the water in your kayak. Some of the places we visit are great for taking a refreshing dip so bring your swimsuit.
What if I am too slow or fast for the group?
Many guests are concerned about the pace of the tour. Some people are concerned that the group will be too slow and others that the group will be too fast. We keep the group together, taking turns in the single and double kayaks. If someone is tired that can take a turn in the double with someone stronger. This also helps the group stay together and travel faster.
Are there any age requirements?
We have had paddlers of all ages on our tours, from 7 to 87.
If you are a family with small children under the age of 12, and a group of 4 or more (i.e. 2 adults and 2 children), then we are able to give you a private family tour at no extra charge. Guests under the age of 19 need to have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
If you are an adult and you do not want to be on a tour with small children then you will appreciate our policy of not having children under 12 on our adult tours.
As a general rule we do not have any age restrictions and we have found that it is not always possible to determine a persons paddling ability by their age. In all cases we will want to discuss your children and families requirements before booking.
For the more ‘mature’ paddlers, or for anyone concerned about their paddling ability, please give us a call so that we can discuss tour dynamics with you.
Where do we sleep?
We sleep in tents, they are roomy and water repellant. We usually set them up in the forest but some people like to have their tents on the beach. Our sea kayaking tours are a wilderness experience and so involve camping with minimal facilities as part of the adventure. Tenting is generally based on double occupancy, however if you are traveling alone we do our best to provide you with your own tent. We will do our best to make you comfortable and feel at home on your tour.
When is the best time of year to come?
We start doing our full schedule of kayak tours April 1st and we operate until October 1st. In the Spring the Gray Whales begin their migration north, and we usually see them throughout the season. The wildlife is abundant on the west coast. The black bears will start to appear in late May. All through the summer months there is a variety of wildlife to see on the trips, check our wildlife photo gallery.
In regards to the weather; this is a temperate rainforest, we have a mild wet winter and so can go kayaking 12 months of the year depending on weather conditons. Spring tours can be warm and sunny during the day, offering great paddling but with a chance of rain. The weather improves and is more reliable as we get closer to July and August, these are our warmest months. They are also the busy months with groups taking advantage of the warm weather and school vacations.
September is still a great time to visit because of the reduced number of visitors and our long summer.
How much kayaking experience is required to join one of your trips?
You do not need to have kayaking experience. We paddle 4 – 6 hours per day with rest stops.
We try to organize trips to satisfy both active adventurers and those looking for a more relaxing vacation. We hope you’ll agree we’ve found the right balance.
Tours are suitable for fit people and lessons are included. We have some tours that are for experienced paddlers and we can discuss their suitability with you.
What will the weather be like?
The weather on the West Coast of Vancouver Island South is generally pleasant from April through to the end of September. This is a temperate rainforest environment. We suggest our guests be prepared for any type of weather by bringing the all the recommended clothing on your packing list. August is on average the warmest month with a mean temp. of 14.8 degrees celcius, January is on average the coolest month with a mean temp. of 4.5 degrees celcius. The maximum average precipitation occurs in February with an average rainfall of 184 mm. July has the most hours of sunshine with 227.30 hours. We can get some fog in the warmer summer months. More information on weather can be found here.
I have food allergies/food intolerances/am vegetarian. Can you cater to me?
We are happy to accommodate any food requirements of our guests. Be sure to let us know what you require when booking. We are experienced in adjusting and specializing our menus to accommodate your needs. We can prepare an equally delicious vegetarian or allergen free main course. We have suprised our guests with the thoughtful detail that we put into accommodating their needs.
What happens if my kayak tips over?
In the rare event of a capsize, all of our guides are well practiced in rescue proceedures to quickly and efficiently get you back in your boat. We will discuss these proceedures with you during our pre-trip talk.
Being dressed properly in quick-dry clothing will ensure that you will be comfortable to continue paddling. We also carry changes of clothing with us, so can find a safe place to stop where you can change into some warm dry clothes if needed.
Are there toilets?
In the Broken Group Islands we use the National Park campsites which have solar composting toilets.
Some areas that we travel in do not have composting toilets available, we use established pit toilets where they exist. If these are not available, then guests would use the intertidal zone in an area where the tide naturally flushes, away from other campers, and any known shellfish harvesting areas.
We put used toilet paper into small zip lock bags that we carry with us, so that we can pack out it out together with any used feminine hygiene products. Your guides will explain all of the minimum impact procedures thoroughly to you as part of your trip orientation.
What happens if there is bad weather?
If you are coming for a half day or full day trip and the weather gets bad then we can reschedule. Please let us know if you are concerned about the weather – call us the day before and discuss the options. We cannot read your mind and everyone is different – we have some guests that will go kayaking in any kind of weather and they are disappointed if we cancel a trip due to hard rain and strong winds. We have others who will not go kayaking if there is a little bit of mist. Let us know what you want to do.
If you are on a multi day trip, we can adjust our route to paddle in sheltered areas. Paddling in the rain can be a wonderful experience when dressed correctly. If we encounter a serious rainstorm or very strong winds and it is unsuitable to be on the water, we will go hiking and tidepooling, stay in camp and drink warm beverages, play cards, read and chat around a campfire. The guides will make sure that everyone is comfortable.
Where do I need to get to for the start of the trip?
Our trips depart from 1167 Helen Road in Ucluelet.
We ask you to meet us here the day before your multi day trip departs so that we can get acquainted, finish up any outstanding paperwork, go over the departure details, hand out the dry bags and try on the paddling gear.
Please let us know your estimated time of arrival, especially if you are delayed and cannot arrive during our regular office hours of 7am – 7pm.
If you are signed up for a day trip you are welcome to stop by our office to see where we are located and check on any last minute details, otherwise see you in the morning at the time we have given you.
What wildlife might I see?
The West Coast of Vancouver Island is home to some incredibly abundant and diverse wildlife populations. On our trips we hope to see humpback and gray whales, black bears, deer, sea lions, seals, sea and shorebirds, otters, wolves, bald eagles and a huge variety of intertidal life from sea stars to anemones, moon snails to sea cucumbers.
What are the chances of seeing whales?
We are lucky to have orcas, gray and humpback whales in the waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island. In March every year 16,000 to 26,000 grey whales pass through on their northbound migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond. Humpback whales migrate north from the waters off Mexico and Hawaii, to the north Pacific to feed in the summer month. Orcas aren’t as frequent visitors to these waters but are generally spotted a few times a year, even in Ucluelet harbour.
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