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Bowen Island

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64 Reviews
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Basics

Just a 20-minute boat ride from Vancouver, Bowen Island is an ideal day trip. Jet Ski tours of Howe Sound depart from Granville Island and skirt around the scenic coast of Bowen Island, as well as other neighboring islands such as Anvil Island. Some Jet Ski tours make a dinner stop at Bowen Island, allowing participants to disembark and dine at one of Bowen Island’s local restaurants.

While the island is served by a ferry, visitors looking for a little more freedom and flexibility may want to rent a private speedboat instead. Once on the island, while away the hours lounging on sandy beaches, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Fly and dine
Nimapaul, Sep 2021
Fly and Dine to Bowen Island from Vancouver
We had a wonderful experience with seaplane and BowenIsland....my daughter's birthday we celebrated in there..they make that to us a special event...it's really really good place..
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informative and exciting
JOHN_E, Jul 2021
Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour
a most excellent tour guide, Greg made the whole experience most exciting and informative. He attended to the safety of his passeegers by being courteous and caring.
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It was a magical event for my wife and I.
nicholas_m, Aug 2021
Fly and Dine to Bowen Island from Vancouver
So amazing! Surprised my wife with this for her 40th and she was blown away. I was too! Everything about it was so well done. Pilot was super nice, Doc Morgan's was great! Car ride home was good, but most of the info I read said it would be a limousine, but it wasn't. So that wasn't a great surprise. But the rest was great
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Highly recommended
Zareen_N, Aug 2021
Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour
Very relaxing and enjoyable trip. The guide, Simon, provided very useful information and had a great sense of humour. Would do it again.
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Photography tips
Edna_A, Mar 2020
Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography
It was a great tour! We learned a few really useful photography tips, had a great walk around the forest of Bowen Island, the day was gorgeous and our tour guide very knowledgeable and fun! We really enjoyed the tour. Highly recommended!
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Highly recommend it
A_S, Oct 2020
Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography
It was definitely the best tour I've ever joined. The view was stunning, the group was nice and engaging, and I learned new photography skills! I'd like to join a different tour of his in the future for sure!
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Excellent until no transport back to hotel.
Goran_Wallin, Aug 2021
Fly and Dine to Bowen Island from Vancouver
The Harbor Air flight was a TEN STAR!!!! Doc Morgan's restaurant was excellent! Ferry to Horseshoe Bay very good! Would have given 5 STARS but upon arrival in Horseshoe Bay there were no instruction where to meet the car or driver. We waited for 30 min and decided to call UBER. We were driven back to the hotel. That costed me an extra $40.- I like you to reimburse me!
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Must do
Paris_C, Jul 2021
Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour
Very fun. I highly recommend doing this tour even if you are a local. The guide was very informative and the food was good too
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Wonderful experience
Francis_B, Feb 2021
Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography
The tour was really great!! Nash was a good tour guide and he had a good knowledge of bowen island as well as vancouver area. We shared lot of stories and he showed me lot of beautiful parks. Moreover, I discovered a nice restaurant in the village and the food was excellent especially the soup and bread. Moreover, he took good pictures of me and the quality is excellent! I can litterally say it was much better than I was expecting and I wish to have Nash as a tour guide again. It's thanks to him if I really enjoyed my visit on Bowen Island!!
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Great experience
Frederic_M, Aug 2020
Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour
It was a great experience, the guide was really good and made the journey interesting, I highly recommend this attraction.
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Must go and explore!
Tanisha_R, Feb 2021
Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography
Such an amazing experience!!! My partner surprised me with this tour for my birthday, and I can safely say that this has been the best birthday yet! We met Nafees in an easily accessible location and then took transit to the ferry. All throughout the tour he was friendly, informative, and shared stories of his many travels. He took amazing photos of us and of the island landscape - absolutely beautiful! The tour itself wasn't rushed in anyway; Nafees allowed us to take as much time whenever and wherever we wanted to. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to be outdoors. It was truly amazing and I can't wait to go back!
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Plane Sailing.
elsamere2014, Sep 2019
Fly and Dine to Bowen Island from Vancouver
Great experience, highly recommended. Flight was well organised and professional and the meal at Doc Morgans was excellent. Not too much walking is involved so suitable for the less able although the getting into the plane maybe a little tricky but I have arthritis in my knees and I managed fine. The only iffy part is the limousine back to the hotel. Make sure you know where the limo will be waiting when you get off the ferry. The Limo dropped me off at my hotel leaving my daughter to be dropped off at her appartment. She knows Vancouver well as she lives there and she said he took all the wrong roads to drop her off and then said he couldn't get her to her door unless she paid an extra $10 as it wasn't a hotel. she told him to drop het at the end of her road and she would walk, which he did. Don't be put off by this, the Limo was great just be a little cautious. Overall an excellent excursion and would highly recommend,

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bowen Island is an easy day-trip option for visitors based in Vancouver.

  • Most boats dock at Snug Cove on the east coast, where you’ll find restaurants, cafés, art galleries, and a weekend market in summer.

  • Private speedboat rentals usually include a boat license, safety briefing, and instructions.

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How to Get There

Regular ferry service to Bowen Island departs from Horseshoe Bay terminal. To get to the ferry terminal, ride bus 250 or 257 from downtown Vancouver, a journey of between 40 and 50 minutes. The ferry journey itself takes another 20 minutes or so. For a quicker option, take a water taxi or pilot your own private speedboat from Granville Island.

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When to Get There

Bowen Island is best in summer, when warm weather allows for outdoor activities. The summer season also offers more festivals and events, including outdoor climbing sessions and open-air yoga classes.

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Wildlife-Watching near Bowen Island

The boat trip over to Bowen Island takes passengers through the heart of Howe Sound, where a host of wildlife species thrive. As you cruise across from the mainland, look out for harbor seals, which can often be seen at Palm Rocks, and bald eagles. Whales, including humpbacks, have been spotted in the waters of Horseshoe Bay. Bowen Island is free from bears and cougars, though deer do roam freely.

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