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Paws and Jaws
6 days · Vancouver, B.C. return · Easy
Seeing a humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, a grizzly bear chasing salmon in a shallow river, or a pod of killer whale surfacing in unison are often considered once in a lifetime experiences and all three are possible on "Paws and Jaws" and "Orca Water Base Camp tours."
- 6 days, 5 nights
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Activity Level
- Max Group Size
- Up to 10 people
- Motel/ Comfortable high quality roomy tents with good sleeping pads.
- Clean van, Water taxi
- 5 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Activity Notes
- Fully guided for a kayak tour, Day 1 and 6 are unguided
- All the necessary kayaking and camping equipment, including kayaks, paddling jackets, PFD (life jacket), group shelters, tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and sleeping bags (you may bring your own)
- All meals during the kayak trip and 2 breakfast at a motel
- Transportation from Port McNeill (Vans and Water taxis)
- Return Airfare from Vancouver, B.C. to Port Hardy, B.C.
- Two nights accommodation in Port McNeill, B.C.
- Return shuttle from Port Hardy, B.C. to Port McNeill, B.C.
- Any meals outside the kayak portion of the tour (2 breakfast at a motel are included)
- Travel insurance for accidents or emergency evacuation
- Guide gratuities
- 5% local tax
Schedule & Prices
|Jul 7–Sep 8, 2017||$2,399||—||—|
Paws and Jaws Itinerary
- Day 1: Vancouver, B.C. - Port McNeill, B.C. We fly you from Vancouver B.C. to Port Hardy, B.C. where you will be met and shuttled to Port McNeill, B.C.. Overnight accommodation at a local motel. A pre-trip meeting at 8:00 pm with your guide is planned at the local office within walking distance from your accommodation. Your guides provide you with an overview for your trip, distribute dry bags to pack your clothing, and answer any questions you may have.
- Day 2: Port McNeill, B.C. - Hanson Island, B.C. We meet at 8:30am to head down at the marina to load the water taxi. It is just a short walk from the motel, and all your bags are transported by our van. Extra luggage can be left at your motel while you are on your kayak tour. The 45 to 60 minute water taxi ride takes us to our base camp. Upon arrival at the base camp your guides provide a site orientation, plus a kayak and safety briefing. We kayak for a short time before lunch, giving you time to get used to the kayaks, the wilderness setting, and each other. The afternoon is spent kayaking and viewing the areas diverse wildlife.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Days 3 and 4: Hanson Island, B.C. Each day brings a new journey; our base camp is ideally situated for exploring the area. The base camp is located on killer whale travel routes and humpback whales often feed within sight of camp. The islands and small islets close to the camp are home to numerous sea birds, bald eagles, and seals. There is always plenty to see. Both killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by our camp, and we have enjoyed many dinner shows from the beach. When we encounter killer whales on the water, we often drop a hydrophone into the water so we can listen to their vocalizations. Your kayak guides plan each day according to weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities, and guest interests. Lunches are usually spent on a secluded beach, returning late each afternoon to the comforts of the Orca Waters Base Camp. Every day is different, but rest assured, our goals are the same as yours– exploring, kayaking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, and enjoying the scenery.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Day 5: Hanson Island, B.C. - Port McNeill, B.C. Today is an early start. We are picked up around 7:00am for a two hour boat ride up Knight Inlet. When we arrive at our destination in Glendale Cove we move to a flat-bottom boat to view grizzly bears from the estuary and river. We arrive back in Telegraph Cove around 4:00 pm where our van is waiting to drive us back to Port McNeill. The timing of the bear tour is flexible to improve viewing opportunities so a later arrival back in Port McNeill is possible. Last night is spent in Port McNeill, B.C. , where you can enjoy a hot shower in your local motel, and slowly transition out of vacation mode. Later guests and guides often get together for a no-host farewell dinner at a local restaurant. If you need to get back to Vancouver on this day we can arrange for a late flight and adjust pricing to accommodate one less day on the tour.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
- Day 6 Return to Vancouver, B.C. After breakfast you will be shuttled to Port Hardy Airport and fly back to Vancouver, B.C.