Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest



Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest Sailing the Great Bear Rainforest
8 Days from $4,577 p/p in USD Departures: Aug, Sep, Oct

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range on the west coast of British Columbia, the ancient Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world. The rare Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear, is a unique subspecies of the black bear, in which one in ten cubs display a distinctive white coloured coat. You will be sailing on board the 16-passenger 68 foot ketch, Island Roamer, her sister-ship the Island Odyssey, or the flagship yacht SV Island Solitude, at 82' long and 30% larger than Island Roamer and Island Odyssey. Each of the vessels offer comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library and lounge area, and plenty of deck space for wildlife-spotting.


  • Country:
  • You will visit:
    Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
  • Tour type:
    guided, small group
  • Safari standard:
  • Wildlife:
    Orcas, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, eagles, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, Kermode (Spirit) bear
  • Viewing by:
    Sailing Ship
  • Getting around:
    Sailing Ship
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Bella Bella or Terrace, British Columbia


  • Chance to see the rare Kermode bear
  • See whales frolic in the waters
  • Watch grizzly bear fish for salmon
  • Scenic delights including magnificent waterfalls and ancient Petroglyphs
  • Explore the protected waters using stable sea kayaks
  • Small-ship cruise experience, with an onboard naturalist

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • All meals
  • Services of a naturalist guide


Island Roamer 
Grade: Simple  |  Type: Sailing Ship
The Island Roamer is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.

Island Odyssey
Grade: Simple  |  Type: Sailing Ship
The Island Odyssey is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.

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.

Day by Day

Day 1:  Bella Bella - Great Bear Rainforest

You will be met upon arrival in Bella Bella and transferred to the top of the Municipal Dock on the Bella Bella waterfront. Upon boarding the ship, cabins will be assigned, an introductory safety briefing completed and then you will set sail for the Great Bear Rainforest. Each night you will anchor in a different, secluded anchorage.

Days 2-7:  Great Bear Rainforest

Over the next 6 days you will travel to a number of areas around the Central Coast such as Campania Sound and Whale Channel - excellent areas for spotting humpback whales and Steller sea lions. You may go ashore in the Gitga’at (Princess Royal Island) Conservancy. You'll cruise over to Bishop Bay to enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot springs and spend a day with a Gitga’at native guide, taking you to his favourite bear viewing area. With patience and some luck you'll see black bears maybe even the elusive white Spirit Bear! You may visit the First Nations village of Klemtu or Hartley Bay to see their ceremonial Big Houses. Voyage deep into the coastal mountains to explore the Fiordland Conservancy where, beneath towering rock bluffs and waterfalls, we will search remote estuaries to see grizzly bears feeding on spawning salmon.

Day 8:  Bella Bella

Return to Bella Bella late morning.

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - your captain will keep the route flexible in order to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather and tides, and the interests of the group.



Twin Price (pp) Departure       Vessel           

From £4,286      25 Aug 2019     Island Solitude   
From £4,286      26 Aug 2019     Island Roamer    
From £4,286      02 Sep 2019     Island Solitude 
From £3,473      03 Sep 2019     Island Roamer    
From £3,473      04 Sep 2019     Island Odyssey   
From £4,286      10 Sep 2019     Island Solitude   
From £3,473      11 Sep 2019     Island Roamer    
From £3,473      12 Sep 2019     Island Odyssey   
From £4,286      18 Sep 2019     Island Solitude    
From £3,473      19 Sep 2019     Island Roamer  
From £3,473      20 Sep 2019     Island Odyssey   
From £4,286      26 Sep 2019     Island Solitude    
From £3,473      27 Sep 2019     Island Roamer   
From £3,473      28 Sep 2019     Island Odyssey   
From £4,286      04 Oct 2019     Island Solitude   
From  £3,473     05 Oct 2019     Island Roamer   


  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms on board
  • All meals (from lunch on day 1 until breakfast on day 8)
  • Wine is included with dinner
  • Services of a naturalist guide for the duration of the cruise
  • 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


  • International flights - 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. 

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



  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Discover The World'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Discover The World' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability



  • 25 Aug 2019    
  • 26 Aug 2019    
  • 02 Sep 2019    
  • 03 Sep 2019    
  • 04 Sep 2019   
  • 10 Sep 2019   
  • 11 Sep 2019  
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  • 18 Sep 2019   
  • 19 Sep 2019   
  • 20 Sep 2019   
  • 26 Sep 2019   
  • 27 Sep 2019   
  • 28 Sep 2019   
  • 04 Oct 2019   
  • 05 Oct 2019   



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