This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.
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 in downtown Victoria. Take High Tea at the elegant Empress Hotel, then spend time on your own to 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.
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 yacht mates.
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.
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!
Your days will be filled from the moment you wake until you retire to your cabin with opportunities for group meals, off-ship outings, and presentations in the evening. You can choose to participate in the activities and presentations each day or sit them out, but one thing is for sure, this cruise will keep you moving!
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
Your adventure will begin in Seattle, Washington where you will be shuttled by the outfitter to the yacht, Safari Quest to begin your journey into the Salish Sea.
The last night on the ship, you will have a special farewell dinner, and the next morning after breakfast, you will disembark back in Seattle, Washington.
All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all adventure activities and equipment from the boat. Also included is several wellness offerings such as the on-deck hot tub and fitness equipment.
Daytime highs for April and May range from 55°F – 65°F with nighttime lows around 40°F – 50°F and many clear, sunny days. September – November transition from warm temperatures around 65°F and clear skies in September to slightly chillier temperatures around 50°F and more rainy days in November.
The Salish Sea is an ecological treasure. It’s islands, estuaries, rivers, and creeks are home to thousands of spectacular wildlife species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. These include iconic species such as orca, bald eagles, Pacific salmon, and the Pacific giant octopus. This intricate network of coastal waterways provides you with stunning views as you explore rich passages.
This is an exclusive yacht which holds 22 guests and a generous guest to guide ratio of 2 guests for each crew member. Look forward to plenty of opportunities to learn from expert guides, as well as hands-on instruction for all your adventure activities with room to relax aboard the ship.
Meet the Safari Quest – a spacious boutique yacht that offers ample vantage points for taking in the sights and relaxing. The ship carries all the adventure equipment for guests including kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and more. All cabins are equipped with a TV and DVD, iPod docking station, private bath with shower and heated tiles, and generous closet space. Your vessel includes a casually elegant salon, fully stocked bar, and cozy library to sit back and relax. The vessel also comes equipped with an on-deck hot tub and fitness area in the sun lounge to enjoy.
You can look forward to a delicious daily menu filled with meals designed to reflect the flavors of the region including locally sourced ingredients when possible. For breakfast – you can choose from an early riser breakfast with fresh baked pastries and fruit or a full breakfast with hot, cold, and specialty dishes. For lunch – you will find a range of salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. For happy hour – enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. For dinner -choose from several entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats or a vegetarian dish with a chef-selected wine pairing and be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as tiramisu.
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