1Embark in Seattle, WA
Transfer to the Safari Quest at Seattle’s waterfront, where the crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail and enjoy cocktail hour and dinner before nestling in to a remote anchorage for the evening.
After clearing customs, it’s all ashore in downtown Victoria. Take High Tea at the elegant Empress Hotel. Then spend time exploring the city on your own. Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum or browse the quaint shops nuzzled about this garden city. Back on board the yacht, set sail through the Gulf Islands and settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea.
3Sunshine Coast/Princess Louisa Inlet
Small groups can head off in the skiff this morning to look around the sheltered bay and shoreline of Sunshine Coast. After passing through the Malibu Rapids, you’ll enter the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Princess Louisa Inlet, only half a mile wide and walled in by 5,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. Anchor in the inlet for exploration on foot and by kayak. Enjoy the evening solitude relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or join your yachtmates for a nightcap in the salon.
4Princess Louisa Inlet/Jervis Inlet
Set the morning aside for paddling or exploring the inlet by skiff before heading out to the “yachter’s paradise” of Jervis Inlet. With 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 and around Jedediah Island—the most diverse in a chain of more than thirty islands and islets in the area.
5Harmony Islands/Jedediah Island
Discover nature’s wonders today off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Kayaks and skiff rides keep you busy in sheltered Buccaneer Bay—home to visiting sea lions, tide pools, driftwood, and a superb spot for birding. The word “Skookumchuch” means strong water in Chinook, and at Skookumchuck Rapids, one of the largest saltwater rapids on Canada’s west coast, trek two miles on an easygoing ramble in the forest.
6San Juan Islands & Friday Harbor, WA
Cruise the protected waters of the Salish Sea crossing back into the U.S., through the intricate passages of the San Juans. On San Juan Island, the largest of the chain, clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before an intriguing visit to The Whale Museum and touring historic sites. Later, navigate to some of the most remote islands in the archipelago. Location and conditions have their say in what’s in store—a coastal hike, a stroll in the woods, or searches for orcas. It’ll be a treat—wherever the tides take you.
7Islands of the Salish Sea, WA
Spend the day in more remote areas San Juan islands, accessible only by boat or float plane, that many never see. A beautiful area for water exploration by skiff or kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for orcas and other marine wildlife. If the weather is just right, picnic on shore for a relaxing lunch. Hike along a windswept bluff or stick to the shoreline for some “gunkholing,” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. Delight in a festive Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening and enjoy a picturesque recap of the week with your expedition leader.
8Disembark in Seattle, WA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or extend your stay with a hotel package.