8 Days from$4,715 p/p in USD
DeparturesAug, Sep, Oct
Guided, Small Group
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.
Safari types:Bear Safari, Cruise Safari, Whale Safari
You will visit:Great Bear Rainforest
Wildlife:Birds, Kermode Bear, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Humpback, Steller Sea Lions
Getting around:Sailing Boat
Start/end:Start/end in Bella Bella, 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
Grade: Simple | Type: Sailing Ship
The Island Roamer is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.
Grade: Simple | Type: Sailing Ship
The Island Odyssey is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring just 8 private cabins.
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.
Price Per Person – GBP
From GBP 4,100 per person
Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 16
- 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 in Terrace (transfers in Bella Bella payable locally, approx $15)
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection
- 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.
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Day by Day Overview
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.
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.
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.