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British Columbia: Yachter's Paradise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Safari Quest
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This 8-day yacht cruise brings you to the best of what coastal Washington & British Columbia have to offer. Highlights of this voyage include exploration of nature´s wonders on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, extended time in stunning Princess Louisa Inlet, kayaking and skiff excursions in pristine fjords and inlets, and guided nature walks. Enjoy botanical wonders and High Tea at Butchart Gardens and spend leisure time exploring the protected waters of the Gulf Islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle, Washington | Embark
Day 2 : Victoria, British Columbia
Day 3 : Harmony Islands
Day 4 : Princess Louisa Inlet
Day 5 : Jervis Inlet
Day 6 : Captain's Choice | Gulf Islands
Day 7 : Washington's San Juan Islands | Friday Harbor
Day 8 : Seattle, Washington | Disembark

Highlights

  • Take High Tea at the Empress Hotel and experience Canada's Garden City
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in Buccaneer Bay and Princess Louisa Inlet
  • Watch for orca whales, seals, and sea lions along Jervis Inlet
  • Visit the tiny town of Friday Harbor and enjoy the intriguing Whale Museum

Ship

Safari Quest

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a kayak trip. The Fairmont Empress Hotel in British Columbia. Kayaking around the west coast. The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. The Malibu Club in British Columbia.

Day 1 Seattle, Washington | Embark

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.

Day 2 Victoria, British Columbia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After clearing customs, it’s all ashore for free time 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.

Day 3 Harmony Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Princess Louisa Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After passing through the Malibu Rapids, 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 yachtmates for a nightcap in the saloon.

Day 5 Jervis Inlet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Captain's Choice | Gulf Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 is a treat — wherever the tides take you.

Day 7 Washington's San Juan Islands | Friday Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, 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 “gunkholing,” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. The scenery is stunning and the passages are just right. Be on 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.

Day 8 Seattle, Washington | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast on board, the Captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!

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Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, and transfers.

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Included in Your Fare (2016):
Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
Entry fees to national parks/preserves
All from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
Exclusive activities and shore visits
All meals aboard the vessel
Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium winePremium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
Non-alcoholic beverages
Wellness amenities
Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
All port taxes/fees

Not included in Your Fare (2016):
Airfare to and from your home city
Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
Travel protection
Optional excursions and land tours


Included in Your Fare (2017-2018):
- Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves
- From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
- Exclusive activities and shore visits
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Wellness amenities
- Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
 
Not included in Your Fare (2017-2018):
Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel's cew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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