Summary : Explore the Salish Sea on both sides of the United States/Canadian border. Discover wildlife, natural wonders, and expanses of unencumbered scenery on this expedition aboard a boutique yacht with only 22 guests. Take High Tea in Victoria, British Columbia. Enjoy casual beachcombing and guided nature walks. Kayak in Princess Louisa Inlet, hike to Chatterbox Falls, and search for orca whales, eagles, and Dall's porpoises. Hike and tide pool hunt on Jedediah Island, the most diverse of the Gulf Islands. Cruise the San Juan Islands and visit The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. Return to Seattle, Washington after eight adventure-filled days.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$3,845 to $5,045
Transfer to the Safari Quest at Seattle’s waterfront, where the crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail in time for cocktail hour and dinner as you cruise into the Salish Sea.
After clearing customs, it’s all ashore in downtown Victoria. Take High Tea at the elegant Empress Hotel, then spend 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. Small group skiff rides keep you busy in a sheltered bay or along rugged shoreline, where sea lions, tide pools, driftwood, and superb birding are common sights. Pass through the Malibu Rapids into the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Only half a mile wide and walled in by 7,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, The Princess culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. Anchor in the inlet for exploration on foot and by kayak. The evening offers up relaxation in the upper deck hot tub or, when conditions are right, campfire camaraderie with your yachtmates.
Watch the early light play through Princess Louisa Inlet, brightening your morning. Set aside time for one last paddle or exploring the inlet by skiff before heading out to the “yachter’s paradise” of Jervis Inlet. Binoculars in hand, keep all eyes open for orcas, porpoises, seals, and sea lions along the rocky shoreline as you cruise through the waters of Princess Royal Reach.
Wake up with a guided kayak or skiff outing among the remote Harmony Islands. During lunch onboard, take in the sights around you. Arriving at Jedediah Island—the most diverse island in a chain of more than thirty islands and islets—hike and investigate the tide pools with your knowledgeable crew in this provincial park.
Sublime glacially-carved landscapes and a backdrop painted with harbor seals, bald eagles, sea lions, and Douglas fir. Cruise the protected waters of the Salish Sea crossing back into the U.S., through the intricate passages of the San Juans. On San Juan Island, the largest of the chain, clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before an intriguing visit to The Whale Museum and touring historic sites. Later, navigate to some of the most remote islands in the archipelago. Location and conditions have their say in what’s in store—a coastal hike, a stroll in the woods, or a search for orcas. It’ll be a treat, wherever the tides take you.
Spend the day in some of the lesser-known San Juan islands, accessible only by boat or float plane. Kayak or skiff into the sunrise. The scenery is stunning and the passages are just right. Be on watch for orca and other marine wildlife. If the weather permits, picnic on shore. Hike along a windswept bluff or stick to the shoreline for some “gunkholing” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. There’s a Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening, and afterwards an always-entertaining picturesque recap of your week aboard.
This morning, cruise into Seattle via either the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or at picturesque Shilshole Bay. After breakfast, the captain and crew bid you a fond 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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Shipboard accomodations; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment such as kayaking; all meals onboard the ship; turndown service. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional activities; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; gratuities; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.