Summary : Discover the Salish Sea on both sides of the United States/Canadian border. Enjoy high tea, wildlife, natural wonders, and expanses of unencumbered scenery on this expedition aboard a boutique yacht with only 22 guests. Kayak in Princess Louisa Inlet, hike to Chatterbox Falls, and explore tide pools on Jedediah Island the most diverse of the Gulf Islands. Enjoy casual beachcombing moments and guided nature walks. Search for orca whales, eagles, and Dall's porpoises.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$3,845 to $5,395
Transfer to the Safari Quest at Seattle’s waterfront, where the crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail and enjoy cocktail hour and dinner before nestling in to 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.
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; all meals onboard the ship. 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.