Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest

from £3473
excluding flights *
7 nights Aug-Oct

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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 twin-share

Departure Vessel Embark Disembark Twin Price (pp)
25 Aug 2019 Island Solitude Bella Bella Terrace £4,286
26 Aug 2019 Island Roamer Bella Bella Terrace £3,473
02 Sep 2019 Island Solitude Terrace Bella Bella £4,286
03 Sep 2019 Island Roamer Terrace Bella Bella £3,473
04 Sep 2019 Island Odyssey Terrace Terrace £3,473
10 Sep 2019 Island Solitude Bella Bella Terrace £4,286
11 Sep 2019 Island Roamer Bella Bella Terrace £3,473
12 Sep 2019 Island Odyssey Terrace Terrace £3,473
18 Sep 2019 Island Solitude Terrace Bella Bella £4,286
19 Sep 2019 Island Roamer Terrace Bella Bella £3,473
20 Sep 2019 Island Odyssey Terrace Bella Bella £3,473
26 Sep 2019 Island Solitude Bella Bella Terrace £4,286
27 Sep 2019 Island Roamer Bella Bella Bella Bella £3,473
28 Sep 2019 Island Odyssey Bella Bella Bella Bella £3,473
04 Oct 2019 Island Solitude Terrace Bella Bella £4,286
05 Oct 2019 Island Roamer Bella Bella Bella Bella £3,473

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

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 16

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 2-7: Great Bear Rainforest

Over the next 6 days you will travel to a number of areas around the Central Coast such as Campania Sound and Whale Channel - excellent areas for spotting humpback whales and Steller sea lions. You may go ashore in the Gitga’at (Princess Royal Island) Conservancy. You'll cruise over to Bishop Bay to enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot springs and spend a day with a Gitga’at native guide, taking you to his favourite bear viewing area. With patience and some luck you'll see black bears maybe even the elusive white Spirit Bear! You may visit the First Nations village of Klemtu or Hartley Bay to see their ceremonial Big Houses. Voyage deep into the coastal mountains to explore the Fiordland Conservancy where, beneath towering rock bluffs and waterfalls, we will search remote estuaries to see grizzly bears feeding on spawning salmon.

Day 8: Bella Bella

Return to Bella Bella late morning.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - your captain will keep the route flexible in order to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather and tides, and the interests of the group.

Island Roamer

Canada

Grade: Simple

Type: Sailing Ship

The Island Roamer is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.

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Island Odyssey

Canada

Grade: Simple

Type: Sailing Ship

The Island Odyssey is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.

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Island Solitude

Canada

Grade: Standard

Type: Sailing Ship

An 82-foot-long sloop with just 6 private cabins, the Island Solitude was designed specifically for small group expeditions.

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