Summary : The striking scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest – misty, moody, lush and verdant – has long been the defining natural attraction of this region. Here, mountains blanketed in dense forests, their peaks lost under snow and ice and often shrouded in clouds, rise abruptly. A maze of winding waterways and powerful ocean currents meet wild, rocky shorelines where black bears forage and bald eagles nest. Seals, sea lions, whales and porpoise inhabit these waters and dozens of bird species make their homes on rocky cliffs. There are few places in the world that hold so much natural beauty in such concentration. Experience a journey that follows the paths of glaciers, the trade routes of explorers, and the migrations of whales here in the Pacific Northwest.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
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Upon arrival, transfer to the Safari Quest. The crew will greet you with champagne as you set sail. En route enjoy cocktail hour and dinner prior to arriving in a remote anchorage for the evening.
After clearing customs, head ashore in downtown Victoria. Take High Tea at the elegant Empress Hotel, then enjoy time on your own to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum or browse the quaint shops nuzzled about this garden city. Back on board the yacht, set sail through the Gulf Islands and settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea.
Discover nature’s wonders today off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Kayaks and skiff rides keep you busy in sheltered Buccaneer Bay—home to visiting sea lions, tide pools, driftwood, and a superb spot for birding. The word “Skookumchuch” means strong water in Chinook, and at Skookumchuck Rapids, one of the largest saltwater rapids on Canada’s west coast, trek two miles on an easygoing ramble in the forest.
After passing through the Malibu Rapids, you’ll enter the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Princess Louisa Inlet, only half a mile wide and walled in by 5,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. Anchor in the inlet for exploration on foot and by kayak. Enjoy the evening solitude relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or join your yacht-mates for a nightcap in the salon.
Set the morning aside for paddling or exploring the inlet by skiff before heading out to the “yachter’s paradise” of Jervis Inlet. With binoculars in-hand, keep all eyes open for orca, porpoise, seals, and sea lions along the rocky shoreline as you cruise through the waters of Princess Royal Reach and around Jedediah Island—the most diverse in a chain of more than thirty islands and islets in the area.
Situated in the heart of the Salish Sea, today's passage carries you south, back into the protected waters of the Gulf Islands where intricate passages are home to some of the best kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. These islands harbor artist’s hamlets, organic farms, and sublime glacier-carved landscapes in a backdrop painted with harbor seals, bald eagles, pelicans, sea lions, and Douglas-fir. Land and sea explorations await—and it’ll be a treat—wherever the tides take you.
An early start has you meandering through the San Juan Islands—172 islands and rocky islets make up this archipelago. On the largest of the islands, San Juan Island, you’ll clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before a visit to the intriguing Whale Museum. Learn about the resident pods of orca that call these island waters home before getting underway for a day of exploring. Enjoy stunning scenery as you watch for orca and other marine wildlife. Delight in a festive Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening and enjoy a picturesque recap of the week with your expedition leader.
After breakfast on board, the Captain and crew bid you farewell.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; premium spirits, wine, beer; boot rental; port fees and taxes; from-the-boat adventure activities; wellness program: hot tub, fitness equipment. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.