Sailing the Islands of Haida Gwaii

from £3598
excluding flights *
7–8 nights Aug, May-Jul

Overview

The Islands of Haida Gwaii are one of the richest biological and cultural areas in Canada. Known as the 'Galapagos of the North', Haida Gwaii is an incredibly abundant area, rich in marine wildlife and home to ancient Haida villages and impressive pole carvings. On this cruise adventure you'll get close to nature whilst travelling in a small group vessel to minimise the impact on the environment.

Highlights

  • Encounter abundant marine wildlife including blue whales, humpback and orcas
  • Go in search of the world's largest black bears
  • Relax in the natural hot springs surrounded by enchanted flora and fauna on Hot Springs Island
  • Anchor in secluded bays surrounded by pristine wilderness
  • Listen to Haida stories and learn about the traditional and modern Haida way of life

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • All meals
  • Museum & Haida land lunch / dinner tour
  • Services of a naturalist guide

Full description

Cruise the waters of this remote archipelago seeing ancient Haida villages, an incredible abundance of wildlife and outstanding wilderness scenery. In June 2010, Canada's first marine protected area was announced surrounding the islands. This cruise primarily explores the eastern and southern shores which lie within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site. Gwaii Haanas is an incredible area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains.

Blue, sperm, minke, sei, gray, fin, humpback and orca whales all frequent these waters. In early summer, several thousand Steller sea lions also congregate at Cape St. James, located at the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, to mate and give birth to their pups, quite a marvellous sight! You may also spot a few Queen Charlotte Islands black bears, the largest black bears in the world. Through isolation from their mainland cousins these black bears have developed a larger lower jaw because of frequent foraging and feeding along the shoreline. You'll also see a variety of interesting birds. Some of the more colourful species include tufted puffins, horned puffins and black-footed albatross. With such abundant bird life, raptors, such as the peregrine falcon, are also common in Haida Gwaii.

You will be sailing on board the 16-passenger 68 foot ketch, Island Roamer, or new for 2018 is the flagship yatch Island Solitude, which is 82' long and 30% larger than the Island Roamer. Both 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

Departures Duration Vessel Twin Price (pp)
03 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
10 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
17 July 2018 8 days ** Island Solitude £4,019
25 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
01 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
08 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
15 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019

All departures embark and disembark at Sandspit, Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii. * Includes Museum & Haida lunch land tour ** Includes Museum & Haida dinner land tour. Minimum group size 8 people, Maximum group size 16 people

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • 1 pre-night at Sandspit Inn
  • All meals (from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on the last day)
  • Wine is included with dinner
  • Services of a naturalist guide for the duration of the cruise
  • Museum & Haida land lunch / dinner tour
  • 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: Arrive Sandspit, Haida Gwaii

Enjoy one night in Sandspit before your sailing adventure begins.

Day 2: Sandspit and Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii

Enjoy breakfast at the Sandspit Inn. Today you will enjoy a trip to Graham Island for a tour of the Haida Heritage Centre and a traditional Haida lunch. In the afternoon you'll travel to Moresby Camp to board Island Roamer. Settle into your cabin and enjoy dinner onboard. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Days 3-7: Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii

You will spend the next few days exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore ancient Haida villages, old growth forests, beautiful creeks and shoreline, and intertidal zones. Subject to conditions you'll hopefully spot humpback whales, porpoise, dolphins, sea lions and orcas. You'll search the shoreline in hopes of spotting a few Gwaii Haanas black bears foraging for food and you'll be amazed by the myriad of intertidal creatures found in the nutrient-rich channels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8: Sandspit and Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii

Depart mid- morning at Moresby Camp. A charter bus will be available to transfer you to Sandspit Airport for afternoon flights back to Vancouver. Breakfast included.

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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