Whales and Bears at Farewell Harbour

from £1850
excluding flights *
3 nights May-Oct

Overview

From your base at Farewell Harbour Lodge on Berry Island, you are perfectly positioned to explore the natural highlights of the renowned Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Separating Vancouver Island and mainland BC, here you are in close proximity to both the grizzly bears of Knight Inlet and the orcas of Johnstone Strait. Berry Island also offers excellent hiking trails and sheltered sea-kayaking opportunities.

Highlights

  • Search for orcas, humpback whales and other marine life
  • View grizzly bears in the wild
  • Explore the islands and inlets of the Broughton Archipelago by sea kayak

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Transportation
  • Grizzly bear viewing tour
  • Marine excursions

Full description

During your stay at Farewell Harbour you will cruise in search of wildlife, with the option to join a bear safari by boat travelling into Knight Inlet or other prime bear habitat estuaries nearby. Marine excursions will venture into Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in search of the orcas and humpback whales known to frequent this area.

You will also have the chance to explore the island, uncover local First Nations culture and take an optional guided sea-kayak excursion through sheltered inlets and coves. Each evening swap stories with your fellow-guests at the lodge and learn more about the area and its incredible wildlife through a series of talks and presentations given by your guides. Alternatively soak up the spectacular scenery and solitude from the lodge’s oceanside hot tub – the perfect spot to reflect and enjoy the sunset.

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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 room with private bathroom

Departures from Port Hardy Duration Twin Price (pp)
16 May - 31 Jul 2018 3 nights £1,861
01 Aug - 17 Oct 2018 3 nights £1,974
01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 3 nights £1,850
01 Aug - 08 Oct 2019 3 nights £1,960

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departures from Vancouver Duration Twin Price (pp)
16 May - 31 Jul 2018 3 nights £2,216
01 Aug - 17 Oct 2018 3 nights £2,329
01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 3 nights £2,212
01 Aug - 08 Oct 2019 3 nights £2,324

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals and snacks
  • House wine with dinner and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Full day grizzly bear viewing tour
  • Full day marine excursion
  • Half day marine excursion on arrival day
  • Half day optional excursion on last day - marine excursion, sea kayaking or guided interpretive rainforest hike
  • Welcome orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities
  • Evening presentations by wildlife guides
  • Round-trip shuttle & water taxi
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Port Hardy - Farewell Harbour

Depart Alder Bay on a scenic 30 minute water taxi to Farewell Harbour Lodge. You will be met on arrival and welcomed to Farewell Harbour Lodge with an orientation briefing. Later, join a cruise in search of orca and other marine wildlife in the rich waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Return to the lodge for a buffet dinner and an optional presentation about the surrounding area and its wildlife.

Day 2: grizzly bear viewing

After a hearty breakfast set off by boat on a full day bear viewing adventure. You will cruise to one of the local estuaries where you will search for bears either by zodiac or on foot, depending on the tide. Without being restricted to a viewing hide you will have a good chance of seeing bears at eye level. Return to Farewell Harbour Lodge this evening for dinner and another optional presentation.

Day 3: whale watching

Today you have the option of another day with the bears, or a full day excursion in search of whales. Enjoy an extensive exploration of Johnstone Strait and the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, renowned for its large resident orca population. Orcas typically return to these waters from mid-July although humpback whales and other marine life can often be seen from May onwards, throughout the summer season. Dinner and an evening presentation await back at the lodge.

Day 4: Farewell Harbour - Port Hardy

This morning you can take your pick from a choice of activities: a half day sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge, a half day bear viewing safari, a half day marine tour, guided interpretive rainforest hike, or an interpretive visit to the world famous U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay to learn more about local First Nations Kwakwaka’wakw culture. After lunch it’s time to depart Farewell Harbour Lodge via water taxi back to Alder Bay.

Farewell Harbour Lodge

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Grade: Standard

Type: Unique And Boutique

Farewell Harbour Lodge is a beautiful wilderness property ideally situated to experience the best of British Columbia’s whale watching and bear viewing opportunities.

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