Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Discover the pristine coastal wilderness of British Columbia and the most remote of the San Juan Islands aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Venture.
  • Spend a day exploring the charming city of Victoria, and attend a private reception at acclaimed natural history artist Robert Bateman’s museum.
  • Examine the behavior of orcas at close range, using underwater exploration tools like a video camera and hydrophone.
  • Glide into the secluded fjords and inlets of Desolation Sound while exploring by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or Zodiac.



The western seaboard of North America is an unspoiled labyrinth of tiny islands, spectacular fiords, and abundant wildlife. Trace the coast from Seattle to British Columbia aboard the National Geographic Venture. Explore hidden coves and stunning archipelagos by kayak and Zodiac, and venture ashore to hike through misty forests. As we voyage from the lush San Juan Islands to the Gulf Islands to Vancouver, spot orcas, sea lions, and bald eagles; visit picturesque coastal towns; and learn about the native cultures that call this region home.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.


Day 1: Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle and embark on the National Geographic Venture.

Meals Included:Dinner
Day 2: Exploring the San Juan Islands

Spend the day exploring the more remote San Juan Islands, an emerald-green archipelago off the coast of Washington that is ideal for kayaking, hiking, and exploring by Zodiac. Search for seals and sea lions in rocky inlets, and spot bald eagles while walking through dense forests.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Friday Harbor

Explore Friday harbor, a picturesque town on San Juan Island. Visit the Whale Museum, with its fascinating collection of artifacts, artwork, and whale skeletons; and stop in at small shops and galleries. Later, we’ll search for orcas on our way to British Columbia.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Victoria, British Columbia

Arrive in charming Victoria, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Choose from several activities as we explore British Columbia’s capital city. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a stroll walking tourthrough historic neighborhoods, or peruse local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while learning about the work of one of Canada’s best-known artists.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Exploring the Gulf Islands

Wake up this morning among the Gulf Islands, a forested archipelago in the Strait of Georgia. We’ll take our pick of perfect spots to kayak, hike, and search for wildlife.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Johnstone Strait/Alert Bay

Sail through Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the northern Northern hemisphere. In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre and to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people to , and learn about their ancient culture.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a network of sheltered fjords and inlets on the north end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Explore evergreen-shrouded shores by kayak or go hiking through forests and meadows. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s a farewell dinner with the ship's captain.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia. Set amid a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, this coastal metropolis is enveloped by natural beauty. Disembark our ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your adventure on your own in this cosmopolitan city.

Meals Included:Breakfast