2019 South Broughton Explorer is a four-day three night adventure in the core area of humpback whales, sea lions and maturing bald eagles. Every day of the trip will have it surprises. The area we kayak in consists of a series of rainforested islands, rocky islets and sandy beaches. The area you will kayak in features scenic passages rich in marine life and often holds wildlife surprises when you lease expect them. Snow capped mountains and large vistas of untouched forests make up the back drop scenery from camp. You will end each day with freshly cooked meals, a beach fire and conversations of what the next day will bring to the trip.
Everything is controlled by the tides and weather. Our days journey uses the currents that flow within these waters and make kayaking easy. We encourage folks to try single and double kayaks on these trips and expand your paddling skills. Kayaking is done in a combination of waters and conditions under the leadership of our seasoned guides. Nature walks are done in conjunction with lunch or at the end of the paddling day. Early morning and evening kayaking are a definite possibility if conditions present the opportunity.
Family Rates: start @ CA$3800 Family of four)
Trip Deposit: CA$250 per person
TRIP DEPARTURE DATES
Trip Days: Monday – Thursday
June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27
July 02-05, July 09-12, July 16-19, July 23-26, July 30-02
August 06-09, August 13-16, August 20-23, August 27-30, August 30-02
September 03-06, September 10-13, September 17-20
Arrival Day: Arrival in Port McNeill is usually late in the afternoon or early evening because of the travel distance or the plane connections to Comox Valley Airport. A pre-trip meeting is planned for early evening on your night of arrival in Port McNeill @ 8:30 pm. The meeting is scheduled to introduce guides, check your gear, fit personal floatation devices, and answer any questions you might have about the trip.
Note: Discovery Expeditions reserve the right to alter the itinerary of this trip due to weather, tides or unexpected circumstances.
DAY 1: WHALE WATCHING, SHUTTLE, KAYAKING
- Meet at 8:30 am at the Tourist Information Centre in Port McNeill, BC
- Meet guides and load your gear on shuttle boat. Park your vehicles.
- Whale watching morning on route to camp. Light snack, drop gear and get in the kayaks.
- Mid morning kayak into clusters of small rainforested islands, with a great variety of wildlife.
- Afternoon in open waters with whale, sea lions and dall porpoises.
- Dinner, a short walk on the beach to catch the sunset and finish the day with a beach fire.
DAY 2: HUMPBACKS AND EAGLES
- A morning watching and taking pictures on marine mammal (humpback whale) activities just off camp.
- An afternoon filled with island hopping and quiet exploring of small passages full of wildlife.
- Viewing and photo time in an area with wildlife rookeries and local habitats.
- Afternoon stroll in the unique coastal rainforest. View flora and fauna.
- A time put aside for a little fishing and beach combing.
- Happy hour, dinner and a second night with a beachfire.
DAY 3: NATIVE CULTURE AND SEALIONS
- Morning kayaking to see whales and perhaps an early morning bear on the beach.
- Visit a shoreline, alive with the sounds of kingfishers, eagles, and myriad sea birds.
- Afternoon around a sea lion rookery with a large number of eagles in the area.
- Paddle into known Humpback Whale sighting and viewing areas.
- Dinner, a walk in the rainforest and a spot to watch the sun go down.
DAY 4: KAYAKING AND WILDLIFE VIEWING
- Morning packing up, breakfast and then a nice morning paddle to circumnavigate small islets and islands near camp.
- Morning stops for pictures of wildlife and passage of whales.
- Early afternoon kayaking in areas where you can see harbour seals in the keip, otters on the shore and Dalls’ porpoise in open waters.
- After a relaxing lunch we will load our shuttle boat to begin our voyage back to Port McNeill, arriving late afternoon (3:00 pm)
- Whale watching, dolphin and porpoise encounters are possible on the way back to McNeill.