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Sea Otter Explorer Kayaking Tour in Vancouver Island, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): British Columbia  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1550 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1550 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

On the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, the Nuchatlitz is a spectacular island group of small islets, soft sand beaches, open ocean views, and amazing wildlife. Accessed through the coastal village of Zebellos, our water taxi drops us off for this five-day voyage. Days are spent exploring the many islets, reefs, and beaches.

The wildlife can be spectacular; in fact, the Nuchatlitz is one of the few places on Vancouver Island where you can reliably view sea otters. After being hunted almost to extinction in the last century, their population is steadily growing, and now in the Nuchatlitz, we can view large rafts of these playful creatures. But that’s not all - nearby Nootka Island has a healthy population of black bears that are often seen foraging along the beaches at low tide. The occasional late night howling of wolves can be heard and humpback whales are once again being seen more regularly. If you’re looking for a tour that encompasses sandy beaches, west coast scenery, and fantastic wildlife, try our five-day Nuchatlitz exploration.

Day 1.

Arrive in Port McNeill the evening before your trip starts to meet your guides and rest of the group at 8:00 pm for a pre-trip meeting. They will provide you with an overview of what to expect on your trip, provide you with dry bags to pack your personal items and to answer any last minute questions you may have. We are picked up by van at 8:00 am for the 90-minute ride to the town of Zeballos. The van departs promptly so you will need to ensure you have already had breakfast and checked out of your room by this time. If necessary you will be able to store extra luggage at the hotel during your trip and leave your car parked in their lot free of charge. In Zeballos we will load our gear, kayaks and ourselves onto a boat for the ride to Nuchatlitz Inlet. We will be dropped off at a protected beach in Nuchatlitz Inlet. This will be our campsite for the next 2 days. After setting up camp we will go over basic kayak instruction and safety considerations on shore. We will spend some time practicing our kayak skills in sheltered water and once everyone is comfortable in their kayaks we will go for an afternoon paddle. There is a healthy population of sea otters in the Nuchatlitz area and we will be on the lookout for these furry creatures.(L) (D)

Day 2.

We will paddle deeper into Nuchatlitz Inlet. The shallows are home to a dizzying array of sea stars and other inter-tidal life. Black bears are common on Nootka Island and if we are fortunate we may spot one foraging along the tide line.(B) (L) (D)

Day 3.

On the third day, we break camp and begin to head towards the mouth of the inlet. This stretch of coastline is quite beautiful with many tiny pebble beaches and sea caves. As we get closer to the open ocean we may also spot sea lions on some of the tiny reefs and islets.(B) (L) (D)

Day 4.

We are able to avoid paddling the exposed coast by weaving through the many islets and reefs. It is in these more protected waters that we will most likely see the sea otters in their highest concentrations. When conditions are favorable we may also explore some of the more exposed islets and see some sea life that only lives on the exposed surf-swept rocks.(B) (L) (D)

Day 5.

On the last day, we’ll enjoy a last breakfast and linger over a cup of coffee before breaking camp for the last time. After a short paddle back to the pick-up spot, we’ll load the water taxi and head back up the inlet to Zeballos. Expect to arrive back in Port McNeil between 4:00 and 4:30 pm. We usually arrive back in Port McNeill in enough time for you to fly out of Port Hardy or catch a late ferry back to the mainland, but delays do happen. We strongly suggest that our guests spend the last night in Port McNeill, enjoy a hot shower, and slowly transition out of vacation mode. Most guests choose to do this, and guests and guides often get together for a no-host farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B) (L)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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British Columbia offers a kayaking experience like none other – stunning vistas, lush temperate rain forests, long sandy beaches, incredible wildlife, and vast wilderness areas. Simply put, British Columbia is one of the premiere destinations for sea kayaking in the world. Everything comes together here; an extensive...

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