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On this half-day excursion, you’ll have an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with seals in their natural element. Fly from Vancouver Harbor to Nanaimo for a quick boat ride to Snake Island, where you’ll jump into the water to snorkel with seals and other sea life on this unique adventure that is open to snorkelers of all ability levels.


  • A 4.5-hour excursion to snorkel with seals at Snake Island
  • Take a seaplane ride from Vancouver Harbour
  • Swim with seals (or near them) in the sea
  • See other animals such as bald eagles and Canadian geese
  • Learn about the biodiversity and history of the area from your guide

What You Can Expect

Snorkeling with Seals in Nanaimo from Vancouver

Scenic Seaplane flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo

It’s just a short, scenic seaplane flight to Nanaimo from Vancouver, then a 15-minute boat ride to a small island where many seals make their home. You’ll be fully outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, gloves, boots, fins and snorkel to dive into the waters teaming with marine life.

If your new blubbery friends are sunbathing on the shore, you can make your way there to say hello up close and personal. Keep an eye out for majestic Canadian gees and bald eagles, too. You’ll have about two hours to spend in nature here, and then it’s a journey back to Nanaimo via boat and then sea plane to Vancouver Harbor.

Customer Reviews

Tracy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This experience is one we will never forget - it was simply awesome. The crew looked after us very well from checking in, kitting up and getting to and from the seals - it was smooth and no fuss. From the moment we swam into the island cannel, the adult seals watched us intently, swimming around us curious but a little wary to come to close. The seal pups though had no reservations....they swam right next to us mimicking our actions, nibbling our flippers and gloves, looking into our masks, following us the whole way in the was amazing. The wetsuits provided were excellent and we didn't feel or give a second thought about the water temp. We will definitely do this again our next visit to Vancouver.

Carmen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing tour! Such a unique experience with cute seals! The staff was very friendly and the boat ride out was equipped with beautiful scenery. The seals would jump into the water as we swam up to the island and then poke their head out and stare at us from 5 feet away!

Joseph W

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015


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