Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest

from £3528
excluding flights *
7 nights Aug-Oct


The Great Bear Rainforest of Western British Columbia is home to orcas, eagles, wolves, black bears, grizzlies, and the rare and mysterious white Kermode (Spirit) bear. Cruising the remote islands and inlets of this special area is the ideal way to experience its diverse wildlife.


  • Chance to see the rare Kermode bear
  • See whales frolic in the waters
  • Watch grizzly bear fish for salmon
  • Scenic delights including magnificent waterfalls and ancient Petroglyphs
  • Explore the protected waters using stable sea kayaks
  • Small-ship cruise experience, with an onboard naturalist

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • All meals
  • Services of a naturalist guide

Full description

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range on the west coast of British Columbia, the ancient Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world.

The rare Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear, is a unique subspecies of the black bear, in which one in ten cubs display a distinctive white coloured coat.

You will be sailing on board the 16-passenger 68 foot ketch, Island Roamer, or her sister-ship the Island Odyssey. Or new for 2018 is the flagship yatch SV Island Solitude, at 82' long and 30% larger than Island Roamer and Island Odyssey. Each of the vessels offer comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library and lounge area, and plenty of deck space for wildlife-spotting.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a twin-share room on board

Departure Vessel Twin Price (pp)
26 Aug 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390
27 Aug 2018 Island Roamer £3,528
03 Sep 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390
04 Sep 2018 Island Roamer £3,528
06 Sep 2018 Island Odyssey £3,528
11 Sep 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390
12 Sep 2018 Island Roamer £3,528
14 Sep 2018 Island Odyssey £3,528
19 Sep 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390
20 Sep 2018 Island Roamer £3,528
22 Sep 2018 Island Odyssey £3,528
27 Sep 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390
28 Sep 2018 Island Roamer £3,528
05 Oct 2018 SV Island Solitude £4,390

Minimum group size 8 people, Maximum group size 16 people

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • All meals (from lunch on day 1 until breakfast on day 8)
  • Wine is included with dinner
  • Services of a naturalist guide for the duration of the cruise
  • Parks, First Nations and forestry service fees
  • Sustainability fee
  • Return transfers from airport to dock
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Bella Bella - Great Bear Rainforest

You will be met upon arrival in Bella Bella and transferred to the top of the Municipal Dock on the Bella Bella waterfront. Upon boarding the ship, cabins will be assigned, an introductory safety briefing completed and then you will set sail for the Great Bear Rainforest. Each night you will anchor in a different, secluded anchorage.

Days 2-3: Fiordland Provincial Protected Area, Great Bear Rainforest

Head deep into the coastal mountains to explore the Fiordland Provincial Protected Area. Kynoch Inlet has some spectacular rock faces and waterfalls. Visit remote estuaries and hope to see bears attracted by the spawning salmon. You may visit the native village of Klemtu to see the new longhouse, recently built for the local community.

Days 4-7: Princess Royal Island, Great Bear Rainforest

Travel along the shore of Princess Royal Island - the best known area for seeing the rare Spirit or Kermode bears. These bears are actually black bears with a recessive gene that makes about ten percent of the bears in this area all-white. Visit creeks and river estuaries and keep an eye out along the shoreline. Khutze Inlet has a beautiful river valley, an abundance of birdlife and bears are often seen along the shore. Spend a day with local Tshimshian guides, as they share their favourite wildlife viewing areas, ancient sites and intriguing art. In Whale Channel expect to see humpback whales.

Day 8: Bella Bella

Return to Bella Bella late morning.

Island Roamer

Grade: Simple

Type: Sailing Ship

The Island Roamer is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins. The vessel is large enough to provide comfort, privacy and safety, yet small enough to create a good rapport among passengers and crew. The boat's comfort and design make her perfect for exploring the beautiful coastline of British Columbia.

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