Sailing the Islands of Haida Gwaii

from £3473
excluding flights *
8–9 nights May-Aug


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.


  • 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 the new 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 twin-share

Departure Duration Vessel Twin Price (pp) Special Guest
15 May 2019 9 days Island Solitude £4,598
23 May 2019 9 days Island Solitude £4,598
31 May 2019 9 days Island Solitude £4,598
06 Jun 2019 9 days Island Roamer £3,693
08 Jun 2019 9 days Island Solitude £4,598
14 Jun 2019 9 days Island Roamer £3,693
16 Jun 2019 9 days Island Solitude £4,598
22 Jun 2019 9 days Island Roamer £3,693 Captain Gold (Haida Elder & Historian)
25 Jun 2019* 8 days Island Solitude £4,102 Robert Davidson & Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Haida Natives & Artists)
02 Jul 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102
09 Jul 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102
16 Jul 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102
24 Jul 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102
31 Jul 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102 Barb Wilson, Kii'iljuus - (Haida Matriarch) & Dr Nancy Turner (Ethnobotanist)
07 Aug 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102
14 Aug 2019 8 days Island Solitude £4,102

All departures embark and disembark at Sandspit, Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii. * This tour includes museum visit & Haida dinner land tour. All other departures include museum visit & Haida lunch land tour.

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
  • Full financial protection »

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

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 the ship. Settle into your cabin and enjoy dinner onboard. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Days 3-8: 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 9: 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 Solitude


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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