Tour Overview

Paddlers will enjoy this guided Vancouver Island kayaking journey to the islands outside Ucluelet Harbour and into Barkley Sound. At the start of the tour, the guide prepares everyone for a day of adventure. Kayaks are set up for each guest, and seats and foot pedals are adjusted. Lessons are given and safety concerns and procedures are explained.

Departing from the beach at our Majestic Ocean Kayaking Centre in Ucluelet, we will first explore the sights in the Ucluelet Harbour, including a variety of wildlife that frequent this area. We will then paddle out into Barkley Sound and experience the open Pacific Ocean. Your guide will point out some spectacular views of the rocky shores, gigantic kelp beds, and perhaps an ancient First Nations whaling beach. You might even paddle the whole west coast of Barkley Sound up to Toquaht Bay. Colonies of sea lions, seals, a diverse array of intertidal life, and even whales may all be spotted on this day trip.

Your guide will lead the tour and is in charge of safety at all times. Guests having difficulty will receive extra assistance when required. We always travel as a group and stay close together. If there is a slow paddler we must wait for them, and strong paddlers must stay with the group.

After a couple of hours’ paddling in the morning, your guide will take you to one of the nearby sandy beaches to enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch and a short rest, where we can check out some tidepools and take in the stunning scenery. Your tour will continue for another couple of hours in the afternoon, before returning to our kayaking beach for an estimated arrival time of 3:00pm.

Depending on the route chosen by your guide and how far you paddle, there is the option of returning by truck or by boat at the end of the day

Departure

Departs daily: 8:30 am – returns 3:00 pm

Food & Recipes
A gourmet lunch is served on your tour. There will be plenty of food, including custom-made sandwiches with smoked meat on fresh bread or bun, veggies & dip, fresh fruit, granola bars, lemonade or tea, and one of our famous kayak kookies.
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What Is Included?

- 1/2 hr instruction and 4 1/2 hrs on the water with rest stops.
- All kayaking equipment, PFD, paddling jacket, neoprene booties, use of our dry bags for your camera.
- A delicious gourmet picnic lunch with hot drinks, a snack and water bottles.
- All kayaking equipment (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request.)
- 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 Is Not Included?

- 1/2 hr instruction and 4 1/2 hrs on the water with rest stops.
- All kayaking equipment, PFD, paddling jacket, neoprene booties, use of our dry bags for your camera.
- A delicious gourmet picnic lunch with hot drinks, a snack and water bottles.
- All kayaking equipment (Double kayaks are provided. Single kayaks are available upon request.)
- 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 Should You 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
- Binoculars
- Extra clothes (in case you want to wear something warmer/cooler)

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Safety Promise

Majestic Ocean Kayaking has been leading tours on the west coast of Vancouver Island since 1993. Our kayak guides are well-equipped, trained, and practiced in the use of a variety of safety equipment and procedures. We hold all the required permits set out by Parks Canada and BC Parks, and are always respectful of their guidelines for operation. Our guides are all experienced kayakers, highly qualified, and certified to the standards required by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia, including current wilderness first aid certification. They are all experienced outdoors people who lead and participate in their own trips and adventures in the off season. They know the best areas to paddle, and also the tricks of our weather.

All of our guests will be given a demonstration of our equipment, a lesson on basic paddling strokes and skills, and an explanation of safety procedures. We provide our guests with all the necessary equipment to outfit a kayak safely, including a PFD, sprayskirt and pump. Your guide will lead the tour and is in charge of safety at all times. We travel as a group and always stay close together; any guests having difficulty paddling will receive extra assistance. Our guides are experienced at leading tours to suit both novice and experienced paddlers alike, ensuring that everyone will enjoy their tour.

The Majestic Way

Majestic Ocean Kayaking guests venture here from around the world to see what British Columbia kayaking is all about, and to experience one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We are a first class destination for international nature lovers, situated within our coastal temperate rainforest and amongst incredibly diverse wildlife.

Majestic Ocean Kayaking tours range from short harbour explorations to multiday adventures; all catered with delicious gourmet meals prepared by our in-house chef. Our ocean kayaking tours allow guests to explore the rugged beauty of the west coast and to share our passion for paddling, wildlife, great food and good company.

Our trips are fun and educational, with a conscious regard for safety and for our environmental impact on the land and water at all times. As stewards of these precious ecosystems, we set an example by closely following national park policies, as well as our own high ethical standards, in order to minimize our impact on the environment.

In all aspects of our business, from our kayaking tours, guides, office staff, food, landscaping, and our purchasing decisions, we are constantly striving to improve and make our practices more sustainable and environmentally sound. We welcome all feedback and suggestions. Best known for our personalized service and attention to detail, we strive to act with consciousness and compassion in our dealings with our guests, our employees and all our suppliers.

Pick up a paddle and find a bit of freedom for yourself - the adventure of a lifetime awaits!

Environmental Stewardship

At Majestic Ocean Kayaking, we take our role as environmental stewards seriously. We keep to established tent sites and trails, compost our food waste, and dispose of all garbage responsibly. We follow Leave-No-Trace principles in the backcountry, storing food out of reach of wildlife, and minimizing campfire impacts. We respect all wildlife that we encounter; keeping in mind that sightings are precious to our guests, but always maintaining a respectful and safe distance.

We are proud to support the work of local conservation and naturalist groups such as the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino Shorebird Society, the Central West Coast Forest Society and the Wild Pacific Trail. We regularly get our hands dirty by organizing and participating in beach cleanups in the areas that we visit. We are also very proud of our role as educators. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of the natural and cultural histories of the areas we work in, while teaching our guests about minimum impact philosophies and practices that they can carry forward to use in their own lives and travels.

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My husband and I did the Barkley Sound / Outside Waters tour (4.5 hr) and it was perfect even for me who had never kayaked before :) Tracy was super friendly and personable at check in and they were great at making sure we were outfitted appropriately. Definitely would recommend them and look forward to hopefully hitting the broken islands tour next year! Thanks again for everything!

Your Kayak Tour Of A Lifetime Awaits

Kayaking Ucluelet, Tofino, the Broken Group Islands and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, BC is truly majestic.