The fjords and inlets of Desolation Sound are alive with spectacular wildlife from grizzlies to orcas whales. Connect with local and native culture: Delia the oyster lady and the Klahoose band. Go onshore to go mountain biking and crabbing. Desolation Sound boasts a stunning environment of wildlife and landscapes and is considered by many boaters one of the top three cruising grounds in the world, along with Fiji and New Zealand's Bay of Islands, and Alaska. The waters of the sound are calm, sheltered and warm: the warmest salt water north of Mexico awaits swimmers in Pendrell Sound with a temperature hovering 28° C/ 82° F! There are many protected anchorages suitable for exploration by small boats, kayaks and canoes with many opportunities to enjoy swimming, kayaking and fishing. The shoreline varies from low rolling hills to 1,300m/4,500 foot peaks with many hiking options, mountain lake dips and panoramic picnic stops.


  • Spectacular scenery with snowcaped mountains, fjords, forests & ancient trails
  • Amazing wildlife: orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, Bald eagles, grizzly & black bears
  • Connecting with local culture
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 - 2 Desolation Sound

    After a scenic one-hour flight from Vancouver to Heriot Bay on Quadra Island, land by the Pacific Yellowfin and meet your crew with a champagne welcome reception. After a cruise to Manson's landing, enjoy a walk to the lagoon to uncover sand dollars. Two beautiful and easy hikes are possible: on the old school house trail with a visit of the Cortes museum (named after the Spanish conqueror of Mexico, Hernando Cortes) guided by the museum's curator Lynn and/or to Hague Lake, about 1km/0.5mi from the wharf, that skirts the lagoon and passes through an old growth forest. We also take the tenders and explore neighbouring Gorge Harbor. This harbor is almost completely enclosed and has many coves and islands to explore by small boat. There are pictographs on the high cliffs at the narrow entrance to the harbor. They are best viewed at high water when the current is slack, as the tidal current runs at up to 4 knots through the shallow opening. The following day, we cruise to nearby Carrington Bay for a barbecue on the beach. Regenerate from these first two days with one of our famous picnic lunches and soak up the ambience of the area.

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  3. Day 3 Squirrel Cove

    After breakfast, cruise to the sheltered waters of Squirrel Cove for a guided kayaking tour with Dominic where you'll see the traditional winter settlement area of the Klahoose First Nation, a northern Coast Salish tribe. In the afternoon, make the most of all the water activities there are on board: kayaking, tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, rides on the 12m/40ft slide and jumps on the trampolines.

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  4. Day 4 Desolation Sound

    Provincial Marine Park Enjoy stunning views of the 60kms/37mi of coastline in Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park on a morning cruise to Pendrell Sound. Swimming or snorkeling are expected here as this area is also known as the Mexico of the North with waters reaching 28° C / 82° F in summer. Improve your skills and techniques waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking or simply sliding down the 12m inflatable slide.

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  5. Day 5 Refuge Cove

    After waking up again to Milan's gourmet breakfast, we'll take the tenders to Refuge Cove and stop for a visit at the general store for an island-style espresso or tea. This small community is one of the few year-round communities in the Desolation Sound area. Spend the rest of the day reading a book or soaking up the sun on the aft deck or take the tenders to reach a hike to Black Lake to see the beaver working her dam.

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  6. Day 6 Cassel Lake

    Cruise to Teakerne Arm, an area north of the BC's Sunshine Coast and the beginning of the Desolation Sound area. Visit an oyster farm and chat with the resident oyster lady - our female version of Crocodile Dundee - before harvesting your lunch on her private beach. Later, take a full-pressure shower under Cassel Lake Falls or take a short hike to have a more relaxing bath in Cassel Lake. (The trail is well-worn and a helpful haul-out rope has also been placed here for your convenience).

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  7. Day 7 Whiterock Passage - Rapids

    The Pacific Yellowfin makes its way North to Whiterock Passage and the famous "Hole in the Wall". Depending on tides, we make tender trips to either Surge Narrows or Arran Rapids to experience a unique marine event: shooting rapids flowing at 6-8 knots. We will also watch the bald eagles diving for unfortunate fish tumbled up from the depths by the turbulence. And if we are lucky, killer whales will also join in the feast. On your last night we will have a singalong using the Pacific Yellowfin's own songbook. In Ireland, where Captain Colin Griffinson is from, they say that if you know the words of the song, you are a good singer thus, there is no shortage of great singers onboard the Pacific Yellowfin. So on your last night, sing, roast marshmallows, drink wine (or juice) and gaze at the stars until the break of dawn.

    Overnight: Pacific Yellowfin

  8. Day 8 Depart

    From Whiterock, we head back to Taku. The Tlingit people honour the nesting sites of birds by calling them "taku" for the feeling of peacefulness and spirit of family that they represent. From here you can rendez-vous with your seaplane for another scenic flight back to Vancouver, and as we say goodbye, you'll take that sense of calm and tranquility with you.

  9. Depart

Low £ 7,025 $ 9,826 € 8,357
High £ 5,215 $ 7,294 € 6,204


  • Prices are per person per week based on occupancy of minimum eight people.
  • Pacific Yellowfin is available on a private charter basis only


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands).
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.


  • Flights.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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