King, queen or twin beds, elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing), private bath with shower.
Enjoy an inclusive boutique exploration and sail into a yachters’ paradise on both sides of the border—take in nature’s wonders by kayak, skiff, or on foot, witness British Columbia’s stunning Princess Louisa Inlet, British-influenced Victoria, enjoy High Tea in a garden, and discover the San Juan Islands and a charming seaside town. You’ll experience first-hand Mother Nature’s role in creating some of the most dramatic scenery along British Columbia.
Transfer to the Safari Quest at Seattle’s waterfront, where the crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail in time for cocktail hour and dinner as you cruise into the Salish Sea.
After clearing customs, it’s all ashore for free time in downtown Victoria. Take in a visit to the elegant Empress Hotel; Royal British Columbia Museum; or browse the quaint shops nuzzled about this garden city. Later, travel by coach to Butchart Gardens for High Tea and to leisurely enjoy the garden’s 52-acres of botanical wonder. Back on board the yacht, set sail through the Gulf Islands and settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea.
Discover nature’s wonders today off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Small group skiff rides keep you busy in a sheltered bay or along rugged shoreline, where sea lions, tide pools, driftwood, and superb birding are common sights. Pass through the Malibu Rapids into the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Only half a mile wide and walled in by 5,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, The Princess culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. Anchor in the inlet for exploration on foot and by kayak. The evening offers up relaxation in the upper deck hot tub or, when conditions are right, campfire camaraderie with your yachtmates.
Watch the early light play through Princess Louisa Inlet, brightening your morn. Set aside time for one last paddle or exploring the inlet by skiff before heading out to the “yachter’s paradise” of Jervis Inlet. Binoculars in-hand, keep all eyes open for orca, porpoise, seals, and sea lions along the rocky shoreline as you cruise through the waters of Princess Royal Reach.
Wake up with a guided kayak or skiff outing among the remote Harmony Islands. During lunch onboard, take in the sights around you. Arriving at Jedediah Island—the most diverse island in a chain of more than thirty islands and islets—hike and investigate the tide pools with your knowledgeable crew in this provincial park.
Situated in the heart of the Salish Sea, today's passage carries you south, back into the protected waters and intricate passages of the Gulf Islands. Towns throughout these islands harbor artist’s hamlets, organic farms, vineyards, and sublime glacially-carved landscapes in a backdrop painted with harbor seals, bald eagles, sea lions, and Douglas fir. Your captain navigates to where land and sea explorations await. The location determines the adventure de jour—a coastal hike, explorations in a quaint seaside town, or searches for orcas. It’ll be a treat—wherever the tides take you.
An early start has you meandering through the San Juan Islands—172 islands and rocky islets make up this archipelago. On the largest of the islands, San Juan Island, you’ll clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before a visit to the intriguing Whale Museum. Learn about the resident pods of orca that call these island waters home before getting underway for a day of “gunkholing,” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. The scenery is stunning and the passages are just right. Be on watch for orca and other marine wildlife. Delight in a festive Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening and enjoy a picturesque recap of the week with your expedition leader.
After breakfast on board, the Captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!
A passport is required on this cruise. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 36 m Passenger Capacity: 22 Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2006 Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests. Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge. There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation. Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.
• Boutique yacht adventure—only 22 guests • Princess Louisa Inlet—A World’s Most Beautiful Place (Condé Nast) • San Juan, Harmony, and Gulf Islands • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in Princess Louisa Inlet, Buccaneer Bay, and Jervis Inlet • Search for orcas, eagles, and Dall’s porpoise • Leisure time to explore Victoria, British Columbia High Tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel • Visit the Whale Museum in quaint Friday Harbor • Casual beachcombing and guided nature walks • Cruise the Seattle waterfront • Gunkholing in a yachters’ paradise