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$109.86 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Vancouver Island Whale and Wildlife Tour

Make your way to the historic seaside village of Cowichan Bay, 45 minutes north of Victoria and 45 minutes south of Nanaimo. Meet up with passionate guides who love sharing Vancouver Island’s marine ecosystem, then get fitted with a warm flotation suit, gloves, a hat, goggles, and sunglasses. It's also a good idea to wear a warm sweater or jacket and comfortable pants, and to bring sunscreen and a camera.There's rich and abundant marine wildlife found along the shores of southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and you'll watch for orca whales, humpback whales, grey whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, and a variety of bird species.The landscape of southern Vancouver Island is just as remarkable, and the route passes rock bluffs, tidal pools, and sandy beaches before returning to the original departure point.

$106.23 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

The Strait of Georgia Seaplane Tour from Nanaimo

Travel like a true west coast British Columbia local on this daily scheduled flight. Fly from Nanaimo, crossing the Strait of Georgia and taking in the spectacular scenery during your 20 minutes seaplane flight. Discover the many tiny islands dotting across the sea and spot the cute villages on them. You'll have 1 to 4 hours in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast before returning via seaplane to the Harbour City, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Experience two exhilarating take offs and landings on this unique tour, different everyday! Total flight time equals 40 minutes. Tour may vary depending on the day. Already in Sechelt? Fly this tour in reverse!

$107 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cowichan Valley Winery, Food and Craft Beverage Full-Day Tour

A visit to the Cowichan Valley isn’t complete without going on a food and wine tour that will excite your senses and leave you longing to return! Only 45 minutes from the bustle of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley truly is a little piece of the beautiful Island countryside. Your 8-hour tour includes tastings at five different venues, plus lunch and tasty snacks along the way. Start the day with a wine tasting to get your tastebuds ready for the day. Afterwards, nourish yourself with a locally sourced lunch in the countryside at an amazing local restaurant. After lunch, you'll continue tasting the afternoon away throughout the valley's numerous vineyards and learn firsthand why Cowichan's burgeoning wine industry has earned a well-deserved reputation for award-winning wines. From land to hand, find out how your favorite wines are made and why specific grapes thrive on Vancouver Island.

$100.31 Outdoor Activities

4-Hour Vertical Cave Challenge in Horne Lake

Begin your caving session 15 minutes early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers. Afterwards, embark on a moderately strenuous uphill trail for 25 minutes (1 km), broken up by five informative stops. You'll see steep metal stairs at the entrance to Riverbend Cave, where you'll navigate in the cave over loose and slippery rocks. You must pass through three crawl passages, about the same size as crawling under a picnic table. Your guide will then drain out a submerged section of the cave, a crawl known as the “Siphon Room”, in order for you to enter the second half of Riverbend Cave. Once the standing pool of water is drained, continue deeper into the cave, leading to a series of vertical drops. From there, your guide will provide one-on-one instruction and all equipment to rope your way down to view ”Achilles Pit”. Climb up and down a 15 ft (5 m) vertical rock wall with large, easy holds and a 15 ft (5 m) cable ladder. Once underground, you can see an amazing crystal formation over four stories tall!The tour usually includes a short "lights-out" session, before returning to the Visitor Center via steep downhill trail. This tour does involve some crawling and basic roped climbing under the instruction of a certified vertical cave guide. Cavers must wear sturdy footwear (i.e. running shoes or boots) and two layers of warm clothing. Avoid cotton jeans or shirts. Nylon or poly-pro pants, shirt, sweater, and jacket are recommended.

$104.32 Kid Friendly

Nanaimo Bungy Jump

Bungy jumping is an ancient rite of passage. Over 260,000 guests have taken this ankle-strapped plunge, unleashing joy, freedom, and adrenaline in the process.There are six increasingly exciting levels of bungy jumps in over a dozen styles at WildPlay Nanaimo, British Columbia. At check-in, choose to stick with the simple Swan Dive, or up the bragging rites with a Hover Drop, Corkscrew, Front Flip, Prop Plunge, or other style in the current level. Like surprises? Ask for the Big Bobowski, the Jump Master’s choice.Add the GoPro camera option to create a lasting memory of the jump from an up-close and very personal angle. It's great for sharing the proof of such an accomplishment with family and friends near and far.

$72.22 Kid Friendly

Nanaimo Primal Swing: Giant Pendulum Ride

Primal Swing is a reinvented playground pastime with maximum head-spinning, gut-twisting, scream-inducing fun. It's an arc of adrenaline.Guests slingshot from the famous Bungy Jump bridge, 140 feet (42 meters) above the Nanaimo River. Reaching intense speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour, the swing soars in a pendulum through the natural rock canyon, dropping toward the water below in a series of long breathtaking arcs. With intense pendulum rides into an abyss, the Primal Swing is speedy and scream-worthy.Guests will gear up for their ride with a comfortable paragliding harness and detailed instructions from experienced swing masters. Hang on to the last shred of courage as the Primal Swing reaches more than 2Gs of force.