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Looking for an alternate to a large overcrowded, impersonal and often expensive public bus to get to tourist destinations on Vancouver Island such as Nanaimo, Tofino, Port Alberni, Courtney, or Victoria? Of course you are! Welcome to TikiTour Bus Company, a small and friendly transportation company that happily caters to backpackers from across Canada, North America, and around the world. [caption id="attachment_667" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Tiki Tour Bus - Painted Turtle Guesthouse Blog Site Nanaimo"]Tiki Tour Bus - Painted Turtle Guesthouse Blog Site Nanaimo[/caption] TikiTour Bus charges similar prices to the big public bus companies that offer transportation on Vancouver Island to many destinations including the popular bus trip to Tofino. With Larissa, you get there faster and in comfort with no time wasted waiting for people to upload and off load at all the tiny towns - we go direct and stop for random sightseeing and fun short activities along the way. For example, on a hot day we may stop for a swim at a lake so deep they haven't found the bottom, hike up to a huge trestle bridge and risk a train coming and feel like you are in the movie "Stand By Me" and run from the train, hug a tree in Cathedral Grove which is British Columbia’s pride with some of the oldest trees or even perhaps a mini pub crawl along the coast. TikiTour Bus Company is owned and operated by Larissa Whittle, a 32 year old Kiwi/Canadian who has been living back in Canada for 7 years now. “I started my little company to provide backpackers with the types of personalized travel service I would have like during all my years of backpacking. I feel these things are the essence of Vancouver Island and you shouldn't miss out on them just because you don't have a car and have to take the bus.  So for now I have one "Bus" which is actually a 15 seater van and when I get more established and grow as a company I plan to get more of the same vans so it's easier to get to all the little local spots and keep it personable.” [caption id="attachment_668" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Bus Goes to Tofino coast with exceptional beaches"]Bus Goes to Tofino coast with exceptional beaches[/caption] Whether you’re traveling with us to the surfing beaches of the rugged Pacific Rim west coast, heading up to Port Alberni to do a little tubing or rafting, or spending a night or two in the downtown arts district of Nanaimo, we offer a service that our backpacking customers appreciate – you are never dropped without supplies… Before arriving at your destination (whether that is hostel, guesthouse, hotel or campground), Larissa makes a final stop at a grocer/liquor store so you can stock up on supplies! From one backpacker to another, Larissa knows how many hours you waste trying to find supplies, and then luggin’ everything back. Drop off – Pick up Locations:
  • Vancouver – SameSun Backpackers
  • Nanaimo – Paint Turtle Guesthouse
  • Victoria – Ocean Island Backpackers Inn
  • Courtenay – The Cona Hostel
  • Port Alberni – Fat Salmon Backpackers
  • Tofino - we offer regular Tofino bus trips to the greater Tofino/Ucluelet area and will drop you off at any hotel, hostel or campground that you are booked into.
TikiTour Bus travels from Nanaimo, Victoria, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Tofino/Ucluelet and the cost is $22.00 per leg of the trip – so you don’t pay for what you don’t need… Travelling from Victoria to Nanaimo? $22.00… Booking a trip from Nanaimo to Port Alberni? Just 22 bucks! Due to distance, travel to Tofino/Ucluelet is considered 2 legs ($44.00) from Nanaimo. Each leg is about 1 ½ to 2 hours in duration including sightseeing pit stops and a final convenience stop… FREE services that you will never get on a public bus or with a large tour company! [caption id="attachment_669" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Super Natural Vancouver Island"]Super Natural Vancouver Island[/caption] A full service, weekly package is also available which also includes a connection to Vancouver for just $180 CDN. For more info on the week long package, check out the TikiTour Bus website. Due to the variety of stops and schedules offered by the TikiTour Bus Company, the online schedule may appear a little confusing at first glance. It is best to review the website, and then call or email to discuss your own travel plans while visiting Vancouver Island. TikiTour Bus Company specializes in making your stay on Vancouver Island fun, affordable and memorable and depending upon bookings, your unique travel plans can possibly be accommodated.