Salish Sea Tidepool Tour

Make your next beach walk more enjoyable and heighten your understanding with experienced naturalist guides to one of the most scenic & secluded shores on Vancouver Island.

Discover the marine life in the intertidal zones where the biological riches of the Salish Sea are a result of the daily and seasonal mixing of waters. On this 3 hour tide pool excursion you will observe how the marine plants and animals share their environment where survival is a constant challenge.

The peaceful pulse of the lapping waves and the sounds of nature all contribute to the ambience of this special seashore location. You can interact with a variety of wild creatures in one of nature’s most fascinating places where ocean water and land meet.

Every tide pool walk is exciting because there is always something different to discover. One highlight is the Ring-spotted Doris. Found in the lower intertidal zone and subtidal waters on rocky shores and crevices, the Ring-spotted Doris is a Nudibranch (pronounced NEWD-i-brank) belongs to the Mollusks group, and the class Gastropod.

The Ring- spotted Doris (Discodoris Sandiegensis) varies in appearance from Alaska to Southern California. In our Salish Sea waters this nudibranch is marked with many spots and rings on a creamy to tan coloured base compared to the to the ones in San Francisco that are almost white with fewer markings.

They are carnivorous and eat anemones, bryozoans and their favorite food are purple sponges. It is both male & female. Following mating with another individual they lay a curly ribbon of white eggs in protected nooks and crannies. They only live a maximum of one year

Tour start times are dependant on the tides.
3 hour discovery tour. $49.00 per person, Cdn plus GST
Children free with minimum two adult fares.

Staying in Vancouver ? Prices below are for pick up and return.
Departure Bay – per group $99.00
Float Plane Dock – per group $99.00
Duke Point – per group $119.00
Nanaimo Airport – per group $139.00
Comox Airport – per group $159.00

Ring Spotted Doris – Nudibranch

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Bald Eagle


Arab Bay Sunstar, leather and ochre sea stars

Sunstar, leather and ochre sea stars

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