Kyuquot Stay & Play Adventure Cruise

Two cruise dates available!

Cruise through Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and up the open Pacific to the remote village of Kyuquot. Enjoy a day in Kyuquot and an oppotunity to go on a Sea Otter Tour (when available). Visit historic Friendly Cove on the return voyage.

This Adventure Cruise fills up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment!

TWO NIGHT SAILING Kyuquot Stay & Play Cruise
June 20-22, 2019 or September 19-21, 2019 Double Fare: $1190*
Leave Gold River: Thursday: 7:00 am Arrive Gold River: Saturday: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

*Double occupancy only, $595 per person. Includes 2 nights accommodation in Kyuquot, dinners each night and breakfasts each morning. Fares include applicable taxes.


THURSDAY Departing from Gold River, the Kyuquot Stay & Play Cruise takes you through Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and off-shore on the open Pacific to Kyuquot Sound, home of the quaint maritime village of Kyuquot (pronounced Kie-YOU-cut) where you will spend the your first night and enjoy a hearty meal.  

FRIDAY Enjoy a day of relaxation in Kyuquot, walk the shoreline and forest trails, explore the village, or simply relax with a good book. On Friday local tour guide Luke Osenenko will be offering Marine Wildlife Tours*. Resident Sea Otters and Sea Lions are just 5 - 15 minutes out of the cove! Cost is $20.00 a person. These tours are weather dependent. Another option is to board the Uchuck Friday AM for a tour up the Kashutil Inlet to drop off freight.

SATURDAY On the return voyage to Gold River a stop will be made at historic Friendly Cove, a destination known as the ‘Birthplace of British Columbia’ which draws visitors from around the world. When it comes to the rugged beauty of the west coast wilderness, few areas compare. Once ashore, you can relax on the beach, visit Nootka Light House, walk the trails, or explore the tidal pools that are teaming with aquatic life.

Along the Route... Stops are made along the way at fish farms, logging camps, lodges, remote settlements and to drop off kayakers at remote locations. The MV Uchuck III also picks up hikers at Friendly Cove who have completed the Nootka Trail.

Bring your binoculars and camera! Passengers can expect to see a variety of marine life from bald eagles to sea lions, sea otters and on occasion, even whales. You might have the opportunity to see a kayak ‘wet launch’ when they are lowered on a raft from the ship’s deck at a remote location along the route. Make sure to bring your camera, tablet or cellphone, whatever is your preferred way to take photos or videos of your trip aboard the MV Uchuck III. Stops are made if the vessel comes across a raft of sea otters or whales.

The MV Uchuck III’s friendly and knowledgeable crew, comfortable wood finished lounge, galley and upper deck seating make this marine cruise a perfect way to spend a relaxing day on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Informative announcements are made along the route at locations of interest.

Follow your nose to the Galley! Our cook prepares hardy West Coast fare daily, including homemade soups, sandwiches or chili. Enjoy muffins hot from the oven and an assortment of other baked goodies along with freshly brewed coffee, all at reasonable prices. You are more than welcome to pack your own snacks and/or meals. 

When considering this Vancouver Island Adventure Cruise keep in mind that the Village of Kyuquot is a remote destination and does not offer the amenities and conveniences you’d find in larger centres. It does offer comfortable chalet style accommodations that reflect the Vancouver Island remote West Coast style of living. Guests with walking disabilities may find this marine tour difficult. Transportation to and from some of the accommodations is by small boat and there are always plenty of stairs. Trip includes accommodations, dinner and breakfast.

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Waiting List Option: If you have your heart set on a 2019 Esperanza Adventure Cruise please contact us as we do get cancellations from time to time on these select sailings. If we do not have room for you in 2019 we can also contact you as soon as we have set our Esperanza Adventure Cruise dates for 2020.