Coastal Rainforest Safari | Whales and Bears

Holiday Duration: 5 Nights



NEW FOR 2020!

Experience the ultimate West Coast Canadian wildlife and cultural adventure on this Coastal Rainforest Safari; an exciting wilderness experience among the diverse wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. This unforgettable nature experience includes whale watching, black bear and grizzly bear viewing, and a unique opportunity to learn about the Indigenous culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people, who have resided in the area for over 14,0000 years.

You will stay in luxury safari-style tents at the Skull Cove base camp on Branham Island (40 km north of Vancouver Island’s Port Hardy by boat), which is strategically situated in the heart of wildlife-rich waters on an island covered in temperate rainforest.

This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.

The Safari Camp

The Safari Camp

The Coastal Rainforest Safari camp is in Skull Cove on Branham Island, which is in a remote wilderness location in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. The ocean-side safari tents are spacious canvas-walled tents that are raised on wooden platforms made from locally milled cedar. Each tent is furnished with a king or two twin beds, dresser, bedside tables with lamps, a wooden bench, and a propane fireplace. Each tent includes a private ensuite bathroom with toilet, sink, and hot shower.

To reach the camp a short flight of stairs are climbed from the protected cove where the boats are moored and the paths throughout the camp are all boardwalked for both guest comfort and to protect the forest floor. However, guests should be comfortable walking a couple hundred metres over uneven and potentially slippery ground as while much of the wildlife viewing is done by boat, there are times when you will go ashore to view bears along the riverbanks, stroll along a beach, or to visit a First Nations’ cultural site.

"It was an amazing experience for us as a family "

We returned from our trip yesterday and I wanted to send a quick thank you as it exceeded our expectations.  Your help in putting together the trip and arranging the vouchers etc. meant that it all went smoothly and the places that we got to see were very special indeed; there were some that you would definitely not find yourself.  You promised wildlife and it certainly delivered, with 32 whales over the two whale watching trips, a black bear and 7 moose. 

It was an amazing experience for us as a family and one that we will remember for a long time and will have to work very hard to replicate.  

Mr Edwards - Travelled to Quebec

Itinerary (5 Nights)

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

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Vancouver and have a night or more here before you...

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Day 2

Vancouver to Port Hardy

Head out to Vancouver airport once more and take a Pacific Coastal flight to Port...

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Day 3

Port Hardy to Branham Island

You will check in at Coastal Rainforest Safaris’ office in Port Hardy office at 10am...

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Day 4

Branham Island

Today starts with a hearty breakfast and French-pressed coffee at the oceanside dining table. After...

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Day 5

Branham Island

Today is an exciting ‘wild card’ day. After another hearty breakfast, you will be departing...

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Day 6

Branham Island to Port Hardy

After breakfast, the boat will be loaded to head back to Port Hardy; it will...

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