Sea Otter Exploere Kayak Tour, 5 days
Exact kayaking routes may vary depending on possible wildlife sightings, currents, tides and weather.
- Day 0: Plan to be in Port McNeill the night before the kayak tour departs, as there is an 8:00 pm pre-trip meeting with your guides at our office, located at 1790A Campbell Way, across the street from the Haida Way Inn and next to the Black Bear Resort. We’ll provide you with an overview for your trip, distribute dry-bags to pack your gear in, and answer any questions you may have.
Meals Included: None
- Day 1: Our van departs promptly at 7:15 am for the 90-minute ride to the town of Zeballos. Please ensure that you’ve had breakfast, organized your gear, and checked out by this time. Vehicles and extra bags can often be left at your hotel while you’re on the trip – just ask at the front desk. Otherwise, let us know as we have limited free parking at our office.
In Zeballos, we load our gear and kayaks onto a water taxi for transport to Nuchatlitz Inlet. They drop us on a protected beach, in the middle of the best paddling in the area. After packing up our kayaks and going through a paddle briefing, we’ll hit the water and head to our campsite.
Meals Included: Lunch – Dinner
- Days 2 to 4: These days are spent exploring the area; Nuchatlitz Inlet and Nootka Island in particular. This area is characterized by sandy beaches, many small islets, and offshore reefs which disperse the pacific swell.
We will likely have two or three different camps during this trip, depending on weather, wildlife sightings, and group interests. There is extensive exploring to do among the many small islets. Along the Nootka Island shoreline we often see black bears at low tide; there is a considerable population here. Along Nuchatlitz Inlet there are some beautiful sea caves and many tiny pebble beaches.
The sea otters are abundant in this area, and we often see them from our camps; humpback whales are often a common sight as well, although they are also further out to sea, and thus sightings are more weather dependent.
Itineraries vary from trip to trip, but rest assured that wildlife viewing, exploration, and relaxing are always key factors in our trips.
Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch – Dinner
- 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch