2019 South Broughton Explorer is a four-day sea kayaking trip that explores the clusters of islands that make up the southern portion of the Broughton Archipelago. Our kayaking runs along the edge of waters where both Humpback whales and Orca whales travel and play. Each day, we venture through remote passages and clusters of islets rich in marine life and perfect for a day of whale watching and sea kayak adventures.
This trip highlights a visit to a native site with visible remains of a past culture and an opportunity to see a variety of land based ani
Our adventure travel trips start at a permanent base camp. We also have the option of using other camps hidden amongst the small islands of the South Broughton Marine Park and make the trip nomadic.
Family Rates: start @ CAD$3800 (based on fam of four)
Trip Deposit: CAD $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 day because of the travel distance or the plane connections to Comox Valley Airport. Pre-trip meeting in Port McNeill @ 7:30 pm the evening before your departure date. The meeting is scheduled to introduce you to your guides, check your gear, fit personal floatation devices, fit a paddle and answer any questions you might have about the trip. We will familiarize you with a double sea kayak or single kayak and review our route on the marine chart of the area.
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.