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Orcas & The Mothership Kayak with the Orca in Comfort

4 nights

Set in the home of British Columbia's resident orca population, this trip with Mothership Adventures provides the ideal combination of pristine coastal wilderness kayaking and spectacular wildlife viewing.

Onboard the Columbia III, you can easily travel to the untouched corners of the Broughton Archipelago (usually inaccessible by expedition kayakers) where you will be positioned in the right place at the right time for the most unforgettable wildlife encounters.

This is the perfect trip if you would like to kayak with the orcas but do not want to camp.  Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome.

The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

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Day 1

Port McNeill to Alert Bay

The Columbia III will be awaiting your arrival in the seaside town of Port McNeill. on the north...

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Day 2

Alert Bay to Broughton Archipelago

Today at 9 am sharp the group will visit the U'Mista Cultural Center giving you an...

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Day 3-4

Broughton Archipelago

Each morning, after a hearty breakfast, the brightly coloured kayak flotilla will be launched&nbs...

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Day 5

Broughton Archipelago to Port McNeill

This is your last morning to enjoy the peaceful environment of the Broughton Archipelago. Yo...

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Day 1

Port McNeill to Alert Bay

The Columbia III will be awaiting your arrival in the seaside town of Port McNeill. on the north end of Vancouver Island.  Here you will be greeted by the Columbia's captain and crew as they prepare to cast off. Departure time aboard the Columbia III is 6pm. The first night the boat will moor at the First Nations' village of Alert Bay; home to the renowned U'Mista Cultural Center.

4 nights aboard The Columbia III.

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Day 2

Alert Bay to Broughton Archipelago

Today at 9 am sharp the group will visit the U'Mista Cultural Center giving you an appreciation for the culture and history of the local Native people. Back onboard the Columbia III you will have a delicious lunch as you cruise towards the Broughton Archipelago keeping your eyes out for wildlife. When you reach your destination, you will review kayak orientation and safety procedures before setting off for an afternoon paddle.

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Day 3-4

Broughton Archipelago

Each morning, after a hearty breakfast, the brightly coloured kayak flotilla will be launched and you will begin your day of exploring the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago. Every day will bring a new array of stunning sights and surprises.

Wildlife that you are likely to see include orca, pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, harbour seals, sea-lions, black bears foraging on the beach and the majestic bald eagle perched in a tree. Lunches will be enjoyed on one of the many beaches throughout the archipelago, each with a spectacular view and often on an ancient First Nations village site.

Afternoons will be spent paddling, snoozing on a sunny beach or relaxing aboard the cozy Columbia III. Walking in the rainforest, visiting a salmon river estuary, whale watching from the Columbia III or visiting a whale research station are all options on this tour.

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Day 5

Broughton Archipelago to Port McNeill

This is your last morning to enjoy the peaceful environment of the Broughton Archipelago. You may choose between a last paddle, or if the orca are in the area, to spend some time whale watching from the Columbia III as it makes its way back to Port McNeill. You will be served lunch along the way.

The approximate return time is between 1pm and 3pm, but please note that this cannot always be guaranteed as the weather and wildlife will play a role in determining when you get back.

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Booking your holiday with us doesn't end when we send your confirmation out to you, either. Talk to us about adding excursions or room upgrades or even restaurant recommendations; we are here to offer advice all the way up to your departure date. Even when you have left the UK, we are still here to help. For example if your flight that we have booked is delayed or cancelled due to ash cloud, strike, etc, it is down to us to re-arrange your travel. We will do everything we can to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. And better still, we are fully bonded with ATOL and ABTA, so your money is completely protected.

You will need to allow a day or two either side of this Mothership Adventures trip for travelling to and from Port McNeill, the boat's starting destination.  Please speak to the office for advice.  You could also add this itinerary onto another to create your own bespoke holiday, we specialise in these tailor made holidays so are happy to help.

Mothership Adventures trips are also available in Desolation Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest. Please ask for details.

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