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Boat Tours & Charter Trips:

3 Hour Scenic and Wildlife Tour


3 Hour Scenic Sunset Cruise


4 Hour Scenic Tour & Salmon Fishing


4 Hour Local Cruise to Snake Island and Departure Bay


5 Hour Gulf Islands Cruise, BBQ, Swim, Paddleboard


6 Hour Gulf Islands Tour, BBQ, Paddleboard, Beach Lunch or Dinner


Custom Boat Cruise or Tour


Boat Charters & Marine Tours

Unreel Charters offers customizable boat charters, scenic tours, day trips, wildlife tours, boat rental and marine adventure tours. Located on central vancouver island's east coast in Nanaimo, we have access to some of the most scenic and beautiful landscapes in the world. You are only a short boat ride away from stunning views of the pacific ocean, snow capped mountain ranges, secluded white sand and shell beaches and ocean carved sandstone cliffs of the gulf islands.


Explore remote areas of the gulf islands that's only accessible by private boat and only know by select locals. Go for a paddleboard along some of B.C's most scenic shorelines, go for a swim in the warm secluded bays of the gulf islands, have a drink or lunch on a remote beach, swim and lay out in the sun on our floating water mat, grill up some fresh lunch or dinner on our onboard bbq, the possibilities are endless!


We can customize any marine tour or charter for your specific occasion. Whether your just looking for a fun experience on the water or celebrating a special occasion, we can make it happen. We can offer charters for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, corporate events and any other special occasion. If you have a special request for your charter please let us know!


For the more adventurous outdoor enthusiast, we can plan overnight trips to marine park campgrounds in the gulf islands including Newcastle Island Provincial Park, Pirates Cove Provincial Park, Wallace Island Marine Park and Galiano's Montague Harbour Provincial Park. These stunning oceanfront campgrounds are only accessible by private boat.


All trips are private with your group only and all are weather dependant. These trips can be customized for you adding or changing activities, travelling to different locations etc. Please let us know if you'd like to customize your trip.

Our Trips


3 Hour Scenic & Wildlife Tour

Viewed from the water, take in some of the most scenic locations Nanaimo has to offer. View local sights of the Inner harbour, Newcastle Island, Departure Bay, Pipers Lagoon, Shack Island, Hudson Rocks, Five Finger Island and Snake Island. As we depart, we will cruise through departure bay past the BC Ferries terminal and alongside Newcastle Island. Once out of the bay we will head north past Pipers lagoon, with views of Vancouver Islands waterfront as well as the world renouned North Shore mountain ranges. We will continue past Hammond Bay, the historic Shack Island and Neck Point Park. Continuing North, we cruise past some on Nanaimo's most expensive waterfront properties before turning and heading east to cruise pask Five finger islands and Hudson Rocks Ecological Reserve. Both islands are well know for their colonies of bird species and seal and sealion populations. We will then proceed to Snake island, a location best know for its multiple ship wrecks, large sea bird populations as well as resident seal and sealion colonies. From there we will proceed past Newcastle and Protection Islands to Nanaimo's Inner Harbour. We will cruise past the downtown harbour marinas where the largest boats and yachts are moored. We will then proceed past the famous Dinghy Dock Pub, the only floating pub in North America. If you would like, we can drop you off at the pub for lunch, dinner or for drinks. You can take the Pub ferry back to Downtown Nanaimo when your ready to wrap up your day. Otherwise, we will continue on to where we departed from. While this is Not a whale watching tour, if we hear or know of any whales in the area at the time we will do our best to take you to them. We will do our best to take you to the locations where marine life like Seals and Sealions gather, but we cannot guarantee they will be there for viewing at the time of your trip as that is something that is out of our control.


4 Hour Scenic Tour and Salmon Fishing

Take in Nanaimo's beautiful scenery and enjoy some salmon fishing in the same trip. With Nanaimo's fishing grounds so close to our scenic tour areas, we can take you for a cruise by some of the most well know sights off Nanaimo, followed by a few hours of Salmon fishing. Relax and take in the sights, then try your hand at landing one of B.C's largest and most iconic salmon, the Chinook.


5 Hour Gulf Islands Cruise, BBQ, Swim, Paddleboard

For this tour and cruise we will head South to the Inner Gulf Islands. Past the massive cliffs of Gabriola Island and through the legendary Dodds Narrows. Once through the narrows, we will cruise past Mudge Island and towards Decourcy Island. We will stop and drop anchor at Decourcy Island at Pirates Cove Marine Park. From here we can launch the paddleboards to explore around the bay, go for a swim off the boat, relax on the floating water mat, grill up some lunch or dinner on the bbq or just take it easy on deck with your favourite music playing and enjoying some food and drinks. The options are yours to decide once we drop anchor. We can provide 2 inflatable paddleboards that can hold 2 persons each, as well as lifejackets and waterproof cellphone cases. If you would like more than 2 paddleboards, please let us know in advance and we can set you up with rentals for the day.


Custom Charter or Tour

Customize your own adventure on the water with a cruise, tour, overnight camping trip or whatever else you can think of. Let us know what you would like to do and we can try and make it happen. Please contact us to discuss your custom boat charter.


3 Hour Scenic Sunset Cruise

Truly one of the best times of the day to be on the water. This cruise will include The "golden hour", as its referred to, right before, during and after sunset. Enjoy a scenic evening cruise through Departure bay and along Nanaimo's scenic waterfront. Cruise past Pipers Lagoon, Hammond bay and Shack Island. View the rugged coastline along Neck Point Park while we continue North past Nanaimo's most valuable waterfront properties. As the sun starts to set, we will make our way towards Five Finger island and then to the inner harbour. Catch the sun set in the distance over the beautiful Vancouver Island mountains and Salish sea. Bring a few cocktails and snacks and relax on the back deck while you take in stunning sunsets you can only see from the water. Perfect for any occasion.


4 Hour Local Cruise to Snake Island and Departure Bay

For this charter we will head out through Nanaimo's Inner Harbour, cruising past Newcastle and Protection Islands. We will continue North and head towards Snake Island. Snake Island is a small remote island that is known for its shipwrecks, sandstone rock formations and large seal and sealion populations. Its also a great spot to drop anchor and head out on the small island to explore. With stunning 360 degree views, of Vancouver Island, Gabriola Island, Mt, Baker and the sunshine coast mountain ranges, Snake Island is an great place to spend part of your day. We can also setup a shore lunch or dinner on top of this little island. After departing, we will head into Departure Bay, where time allowing we can spend some time on deck, enjoying food or drinks while anchored up in the bay.


6 Hour Gulf Islands Tour, BBQ, Paddleboard, Beach lunch or Dinner

For this tour into the Gulf Islands, we will head through Dodds Narrows and past Mudge island. We can make a stop at Decourcy Island and Pirates Cove Marine Park. From there we will head East to view the massive sandstone walls of Valdes Island. We will cruise along Valdes until we reach the remote beach at Blackberry Point. From there we will drop anchor close to shore. From there guests can take the paddleboards out, go for a swim, lay out on the water mat, take the tender to shore and walk along the secluded beach, or stay on the boat for food or drinks. The options are yours to decide. We can arrange to have a shore lunch or dinner at the beach as well. While we cannot provide your food, we can provide everything else to cook and enjoy your meal with, either on the boat or on shore. Once we depart, we can cruise by Pylades and Ruxton Island on the way back to the harbour. We can provide 2 inflatable paddleboards that can hold 2 persons each, as well as lifejackets and waterproof cellphone cases. If you would like more than 2 paddleboards, please let us know in advance and we can set you up with rentals for the day.

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