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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 : Sunshine Coast | Princess Louisa Inlet
Day 4 : Princess Louisa Inlet | Jervis Inlet
Day 5 : Harmony Islands | Jedediah Island
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 in time for cocktail hour and dinner as you cruise into the Salish Sea.

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 Sunshine Coast | Princess Louisa Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 5,000-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.

Day 4 Princess Louisa Inlet | Jervis Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Watch the early light play through Princess Louisa Inlet, brightening your morn. 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 orca, porpoise, seals, and sea lions along the rocky shoreline as you cruise through the waters of Princess Royal Reach.

Day 5 Harmony Islands | Jedediah Island

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

Day 6 Captain's Choice | Gulf Islands

  • Ship
  • 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!

Safari Quest

Per person starting at
$3,695
Safari Quest's Mariner Stateroom
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Mariner
C1, C2, C3, C4, C6. King, queen or twin beds, elevated port holes, private bath.
Safari Quest's Commandor Stateroom
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Commander
B2. Queen bed, view window, private bath.
Safari Quest's Captain Stateroom
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Captain
A1, A2, A3 & A4. King, queen or twin beds, balcony, private bath.
Safari Quest's Single Stateroom.
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Single
B1. Single twin bed, view window, private bath.

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:
- 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:
Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel's cew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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