Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest

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  • 7 nights
  • Aug-Oct
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Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest

from £4,100 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Aug-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
Bear watching

Look out for the rare kermode or spirit bear

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See whales frolic in the waters

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Watch grizzly bears as they fish for salmon

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Paddle a kayak around islands and inlets

Why this trip...

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Style of vessel

This holiday is based on a ship ideally suited to the areas visited and the conditions

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Conservation/Eco-tourism

This itinerary has a strong focus on wildlife and natural habitat conservation, one of our pillars of sustainability

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.

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 Island Roamer, Island Odyssey or Island Solitude. Each of these vessels have been beautifully designed in a manner which reflects the relaxed style of the trips. The small group sizes allow for an interactive and intimate experience and allows guests to explore areas which larger vessels cannot access. Each vessel offers comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library and lounge area, and plenty of deck space for wildlife-spotting.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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 where the cruise ends.

Return to Bella Bella late morning where the cruise ends.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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Island Roamer

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 16
  • Class: Sailing
  • Optional activities available
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Island Odyssey

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

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

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 16
  • Class: Sailing
  • Optional activities available
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Island Solitude

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

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

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 12
  • Class: Sailing
  • Optional activities available

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Prices and Departures

Price from £4,100 excluding flights

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.

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 in Terrace (transfers in Bella Bella payable locally, approx $15)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices & Departures

Please contact us for further details including prices and departure dates, or for a full quote for your holiday plans to include pre- and post-sailing arrangements.

Group Size

Minimum: 8 | Maximum: 16

Meet our expert

nordic team doug kington bw
One of our specialists
Meet Doug

30 Grizzlies seen in the wild

8 Canada provinces visited

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