• Safari Quest, Canada

Itinerary Summary

Duration
9 Days
Price
£3795
When
April - May
Destination
Canada
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
9 Days £3795 April - May Canada Small Group Safari
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Whales of Canada's Inside Passage

Discover the secret places on Washington's wild coastline as you cruise past mountains, bays and glacial valleys on your boutique yacht, looking out for orcas and bald eagles soaring overhead.

Board your boutique yacht, the Safari Quest, and embark on a journey to explore the remote and beautiful coastlines of Washington. Departing from Seattle, you will cruise through the South Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands witnessing some of the region’s most breathtaking natural landscapes. Kayaks, paddleboards and hiking poles are on hand throughout your journey to let you venture out into the wilderness and explore at your own pace.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Stay aboard Safari Quest, a comfortable and stylish yacht with four decks from which to view the surrounding landscapes.
  • Explore the Salish Sea's San Juan archipelago, South Puget Sound and Deception Pass
  • Observe marine wildlife including orcas, seals and whales as well as eagles and seabirds.
  • Kayak among rocky outcroppings, spotting sea life.
  • Hike mossy island forests frequented by red fox, deer, and woodpeckers.

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A 9 day journey sailing along the rugged coastlines of Washington

from £3,795 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Seattle

Touchdown in Seattle, Washington State's largest city, famous for its futuristic Space Needle and surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Meet your driver at the airport who will transport you to your hotel. Enjoy the bustle of the city or simply rest before your voyage begins tomorrow.

Day 2

Seattle - Embark Safari Quest

Set sail via the ship canal to Lakes Union and Washington—their glacially formed basins dug more than 12,000 years ago. After dinner, a sunset cruise through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and into Elliott Bay sets you right for the night. Seattle was founded along these shores and you don’t want to miss the skyline!

Overnight: Safari Quest (D)

Day 3

South Puget Sound

Mudflats, watersheds, and a microclimate feed the riches of the South Sound. Explore the intertidal zone by kicking in the mud with your guides looking for anemone and hermit crabs. Kayaking, hiking, and skiff rides are on tap, too—in one of the region's many state parks. At about 100 miles long, Puget Sound offers ample opportunity for observing the serpentine shore as you cruise through Tacoma Narrows and past Point Defiance, Vashon Island, and Bremerton. Cap off your first full day of play watching for Dall’s porpoise, with a front-row view from the bow.

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 4

San Juan Islands

Wake up surrounded by the wilds of the Salish Sea, a humbling 360 degrees of wilderness. It’s the captain’s choice where you’ll land today, but rest assured, you’ll be away from the crowds. There are unending options for investigating this sea-salty playground. If you’re kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Rocky outcroppings play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Ashore, it’s one boot in front of the other, hike through the forest or “take the high road” to ridges overlooking the archipelago. Join your expedition team on deck to search for whales, seals, sea lions, and bird rookeries as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same.

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 5

Deception Pass / Strait of Juan de Fuca

A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, perhaps even sail through the swirling waters of Deception Pass. Later in the day, keep watch for marine mammals as you venture into the open waters where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. Drop anchor for the evening in a tucked-away cove.

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 6

Sucia Island

With no paved roads or even ferry access, enjoy your day on picturesque Sucia Island—total year round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. You feel a million miles away from it all, exploring the intertidal zone with your guides, hiking across the island, and kayaking in a protected bay. 

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 7

Olympic Peninsula

Make it an ideal morning by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old-growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddleboard, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 8

Olympic Wilderness

Olympic National Park Hike (or snowshoe if the snow is still there!) in Olympic National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — surrounded by rainforest, old-growth forest, and top of the world 360-degree views. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures. 

Overnight: Safari Quest (B, L, D)

Day 9

Depart Seattle

After your final breakfast on board, bid farewell to your crew and fellow shipmates and disembark in Seattle. Head to the airport for your international flight home, or to your hotel ready for the next stage of your journey.

TRIP DETAILS

SMALL GROUP INFORMATION

This safari is run on a small group basis with set departure dates in April and May.

2022 departures are for 7 nights onboard Safari Quest and are from £3795 per person sharing a twin/double cabin.

Dates are as follows:

April 8 / April 15 / April 22 / April 29

May 6 / May 13

$200 port taxes/fees are additional.

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