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We saw plenty of whales, dolphin, and grizzly and black bears - Orcas and grizzlies wildlife cruise

By Hilary Mackintosh, United Kingdom

2010-09-02

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was my 14-year-old son who wanted to go on a holiday where we could see bears - out sea kayaking one morning we were able to get really close to a black bear on a beach. He was slightly ahead of the rest of the group and didn't see the leader gesturing to us to not go any closer, and no-one wanted to shout, so he drifted gradually nearer to the bear, while the rest of us held back - watching him totally spellbound by the bear was a memory I'll treasure forever.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I was concerned about sea-sickness, as I am not a good sailor, but we were never far from land and the sea was very calm. Only on one afternoon did I find it rough. Find tablets that don't knock you out, as you won't want to miss a moment!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We spent the first week on the boat, travelling round the Broughton Archipelago. We hardly saw anyone else - I've never been anywhere so remote, even though it doesn't particularly look it on the map - so I can't say we benefited local people at that point, but we certainly had little impact on the environment. We spent the second week on Alert Bay island, and certainly supported the local tourist industry there, taking advantage of various First Nation workshops and activities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The week on the boat was incredible. The scenery was breathtaking, we saw plenty of whales, dolphin, and grizzly and black bears. I found the sea kayaking a very spiritual experience, really feeling at one with nature. And the camaraderie that developed within the group of like-minded people, guests and crew, despite a huge age range, was a delight. I think my family were all completely refreshed, mind, body and spirit, by the experience.



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