At Island Marine Adventures we are try to help individuals and groups nourish their souls and rediscover their adventurous selves in a fun way. 


Activities are tailored to suit, maximize and accommodate the needs, ages and schedules of individuals, couples, families, students, groups or employees. 


Our trips are safe learning experiences designed for people who want to have fun appreciating, exploring and enjoying what nature and the marine environment  has to offer.

Our focus is to share the culture, wildlife and biodiversity and natural beauty of the Nanaimo marine and island region.  It has attracted the attention of media from around the world.

We are proud to have been featured on many media platforms.

Your adventure awaits ...choose fun

Update: October  2021


The Catamaran sailboat Shadowfax has serviced us well this summer and was hoisted out of the water, placed on blocks, cleaned and serviced on October 1st 2021..  Several exciting overhauls will be completed.  A second motor will be installed in addition to reinstalling our electric motor, providing us with plenty of power backup.

The inflatable Kodiak has been serviced and will again be in service for this next summer.  We had great fun with both the catamaran and the inflatable.  


This last summer has been extremely busy and most importantly we all remained safe. We had no Covid - 19 issues.  

Over the years we received  many thoughtful TripAdvisor comments.   Please check them out.  This past year we again received the 2021 - TripAdvisor Award of Excellence.  I understand that Google Business also has many great reviews.

We are available to take 2020 reservations and pre bookings. There is no cost for this but can help ensure that you have a tentative date for the time you choose.  Call me for details.  We ask everyone to call two days prior to your booking to confirm that the weather for your upcoming date is cooperating.  We don't go out in rainy or bad weather or in unsafe conditions.

Thank you and please keep safe!

Hans Bongarts





Island Marine Adventures and COVID -19

During these extraordinary times of the COVID -19 pandemic some changes to our operations are still necessary to ensure the health and safety of our clients.  Our operations are still based on the directives and guidelines made by the Provincial Health Officer and the Minister of Health.  These have changed lately and it looks like 

all of us can breath a small sigh of relief.

We are still offering our 1.5, 2 or or 3-hour Shadowfax catamaran sailing /cruising adventures.

Sanitizing sprays are available for use. 

Bring your own masks if needed. 

Your initial phone contact number is kept in case we need to provide a Covid-19 follow-up.

Access to the boat will not be allowed:

  • If you have a cough, fever or flu like symptoms.

  • If you or a member of your household has had sustained contact with an individual or someone who has been quarantined by public health due to exposure to COVID -19.


Our priority during these challenging times is the health and safety of our clients and the community at large. We will continue to operate in compliance with The Provincial Minister of Health and Medical Health Officer.


Please note that we can still arrange a A Celebration of Life or the Ashes to the Ocean Ceremony.  These usually take about 1.5 hours.

We are starting to set up pre and on-site liability procedures.

Note:  We will keep you informed as new guidelines become available.  

Thank you for your patronage.

Hans Bongarts (Captain)

Contact: Tel:  250.714.5303