Great Bear Rainforest Sailing

  1. 2020
    Friday, August 28, 2020 to Friday, September 4, 2020
    Tour Duration: 
    8 days
    Tour Price:
     $6,125 CAD, $5,055 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    2019 Starts in Terrace, Ends in Bella Bella 2020 Starts in Bella Bella, Ends in Terrace
    +5% GST and $100 Sustainability Fee are additional
    Number of Persons Limit: 
  • Grizzly and Black Bear Viewing 
  • Humpback Whales 
  • Hot Springs 
  • The Elusive Spirit Bear 
  • Visiting Native Villages and Big Houses

Cruise the Great Bear Rainforest in search of bears, whales and wolves. The remote central coast of British Columbia holds a spectacularly scenic wilderness. Every fall Grizzly and Black Bears come down from the towering peaks and lush rainforests to feed on spawning salmon.

On this adventure we search for these bears, including the all white race of Black Bear called a Kermode or Spirit Bear. We also have a good chance of finding wolves, humpback whales and numerous migrating and resident birds, including large numbers of Bald Eagles.

Join us to experience nature as you have never seen it alongside ten-thousand-year-old native cultures and learn why the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the last gems on the Pacific Coast.

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Day 0: Bella Bella

Upon arriving at the Bella Bella Airport for your Great Bear Rainforest tour, collect your luggage and look for Starr Shuttle. They will be notified of your arrival and a driver will be there to meet your flight to transport you to your accommodation of choice (not included in the tour price). Shuttle fees to and from the Bella Bella Municipal Dock are included in your trip fees. Any transportation beyond this service is the responsibility of the guest. Please remember to mention to the driver that you are a Bluewater guest. 
Day 1: Great Bear Rainforest
Participants will meet at the top of the Municipal Dock in the Bella Bella waterfront. Upon boarding the ship you will meet the crew, cabins will be assigned, and everyone will participate in an introductory & safety orientation. Once these few details have been looked after, we set sail into the Great Bear Rainforest. Each night we will anchor in a different, secluded anchorage. 
Days 2-3: Fiordland Conservancy
We now head deep into the coastal mountains and will focus the next two days on a large marine park called the Fiordland Conservancy. Here you will see has some spectacular rock faces and impressive waterfalls. We will explore remote estuaries and expect to see bears attracted by the spawning salmon. We may visit the native village of Klemtu to see the new longhouse that was recently built by the local community. 
Days 4-7: Princess Royal Island
We travel along the shore of Princess Royal Island – the best known area for seeing the rare Spirit or Kermode bear. These bears are black bears expressing a genetic variation that results in about ten percent of the population in this area being all white. We will visit creeks and river estuaries and keep an eye out along the shore as we travel. Khutze Inlet has a beautiful river valley, an abundance of birdlife and we may see bears along the shore. We are fortunate to spend the day with our local Tsimshian Native guides who will take us to their favourite wildlife viewing areas where we will get one of our best chances to spot the elusive 2 Spirit Bear and during the spring months they will show us their ancient village sites and traditional artwork. In Whale Channel we expect to see humpback whales and will take the time to observe these amazing, 15 metre-long creatures, whenever the opportunity arises. In open Principe Channel, we hope for a good wind to set the sails and have one of our best sails of the voyage! There will be time to explore the protected waters using our stable sea-kayaks that we have available. During our daily shore excursions, our onboard naturalist will help identify different coastal plants, animals, birds and marine life and interested participants can help keep a species list for the trip. 
Day 8: Bella Bella 
We arrive mid morning to finish our Great Bear Rainforest tour in Bella Bella in time to catch the Pacific Coastal flight departing in the afternoon from Bella Bella.


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Ship Info

Island Roamer

Joining us in 2003, this 68' ketch, The Island Roamer is the sister-ship to 'Island Odyssey'. Originally built as a luxurious private yacht in 1984, she completed a major renovation in 2003 to update the cabins and all safety systems. She features 8 private cabins (double occupancy), 3 heads with hot showers and a comfortable salon with a natural history library. On deck, the large deckhouse provides a comfortable spot to watch for wildlife. 

A certified Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel, Island Roam has all of the safety equipment, electronic navigation aids, and features you would expect from a vessel of her standard. All of our cabins have adequate storage space for your bags, personal items and jackets. Coat hangers and life jackets are stowed in every cabin for your convenience. There is electricity in each room, so you can charge your camera batteries and enjoy a reading light in the evening.


We have 8 private cabins, based on double occupancy.  At the time of booking, you may request a type of cabin you would like - single berths or if you and your travelling partner prefer, a double berth cabin. Single travellers do not have the choice of the double berth cabin. Specific room bookings are up to the crew once you have arrived onboard the vessel.