Sailing the Islands of Haida Gwaii

Whale watching in Haida Gwaii
from £3598 7 - 8 nights | May - Aug Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May - Aug


The Islands of Haida Gwaii are one of the richest biological and cultural areas in Canada. Known as the 'Galapagos of the North', Haida Gwaii is an incredibly abundant area, rich in marine wildlife and home to ancient Haida villages and impressive pole carvings. On this cruise adventure you'll get close to nature whilst travelling in a small group vessel to minimise the impact on the environment.


  • Encounter abundant marine wildlife including blue whales, humpback and orcas
  • Go in search of the world's largest black bears
  • Relax in the natural hot springs surrounded by enchanted flora and fauna on Hot Springs Island
  • Anchor in secluded bays surrounded by pristine wilderness
  • Listen to Haida stories and learn about the traditional and modern Haida way of life

Cruise the waters of this remote archipelago seeing ancient Haida villages, an incredible abundance of wildlife and outstanding wilderness scenery. In June 2010, Canada's first marine protected area was announced surrounding the islands. This cruise primarily explores the eastern and southern shores which lie within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site. Gwaii Haanas is an incredible area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains.

Blue, sperm, minke, sei, gray, fin, humpback and orca whales all frequent these waters. In early summer, several thousand Steller sea lions also congregate at Cape St. James, located at the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, to mate and give birth to their pups, quite a marvellous sight! You may also spot a few Queen Charlotte Islands black bears, the largest black bears in the world. Through isolation from their mainland cousins these black bears have developed a larger lower jaw because of frequent foraging and feeding along the shoreline. You'll also see a variety of interesting birds. Some of the more colourful species include tufted puffins, horned puffins and black-footed albatross. With such abundant bird life, raptors, such as the peregrine falcon, are also common in Haida Gwaii.

You will be sailing on board the 16-passenger 68 foot ketch, Island Roamer, or new for 2018 is the flagship yatch Island Solitude, which is 82' long and 30% larger than the Island Roamer. Both vessels offer comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library and lounge area, and plenty of deck space for wildlife-spotting.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Sandspit, Haida Gwaii
Enjoy one night in Sandspit before your sailing adventure begins.
Day 2: Sandspit and Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii
Enjoy breakfast at the Sandspit Inn. Today you will enjoy a trip to Graham Island for a tour of the Haida Heritage Centre and a traditional Haida lunch. In the afternoon you'll travel to Moresby Camp to board Island Roamer. Settle into your cabin and enjoy dinner onboard. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Days 3-7: Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii
You will spend the next few days exploring the eastern and southern shores of Moresby Island. Daily activities include wildlife watching, shore excursions to explore ancient Haida villages, old growth forests, beautiful creeks and shoreline, and intertidal zones. Subject to conditions you'll hopefully spot humpback whales, porpoise, dolphins, sea lions and orcas. You'll search the shoreline in hopes of spotting a few Gwaii Haanas black bears foraging for food and you'll be amazed by the myriad of intertidal creatures found in the nutrient-rich channels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8: Sandspit and Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii
Depart mid- morning at Moresby Camp. A charter bus will be available to transfer you to Sandspit Airport for afternoon flights back to Vancouver. Breakfast included.

*If your tour is a 9 day tour, there will be more time spent at above places.

Accommodation Options

Island Roamer

  • Grade: Simple Full board
  • Type: Sailing Ship

The Island Roamer is a custom 68-foot ketch featuring ju…


The above is a selection of vessels available for this holiday. Other options are also available. Please contact us for further details.

Prices & Dates

Prices are per person based on twin-share cabins.

2018 DeparturesDurationVesselPrice
24 May 2018 9 days * Island Solitude £4,466
01 June 2018 9 days * Island Solitude £4,466
07 June 2018 9 days ** Island Roamer £3,598
09 June 2018 9 days * Island Solitude £4,466
15 June 2018 9 days * Island Roamer £3,598
17 June 2018 9 days * Island Solitude £4,466
23 June 2018 9 days * Island Roamer £3,598
26 June 2018 8 days ** Island Solitude £4,019
03 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
10 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
17 July 2018 8 days ** Island Solitude £4,019
25 July 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
01 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
08 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019
15 August 2018 8 days * Island Solitude £4,019

All departures embark and disembark at Sandspit, Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii.

* Includes Museum & Haida lunch land tour
** Includes Museum & Haida dinner land tour

Price includes
Return transfers from airport to dock ● 1 pre-night at Sandspit Inn ● twin-share ship-board accommodation ● All meals from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on the last day, wine is included with dinner ● Services of a naturalist guide for the duration of the cruise ● Parks, First Nations and forestry service fees ● Sustainability Fee ● Museum & Haida land lunch / dinner tour

Price excludes
International flights & domestic flights to Sandspit - please contact us for best available fares ● any additional meals not specified above ● Personal travel insurance (Discover the World offers a comprehensive policy - please contact our team for details) ● Additional airline or airport taxes or security charges, that are payable locally ● Gratuities & items of a personal nature

Minimum group size 8 people
Maximum group size 16 people

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