Pacific Yellowfin Cruises
British Columbia, Canada
At a Glance
Unique private charter cruise
Luxurious accommodation for up to 11 guests
Choose your itinerary to suit your time and requirements
Fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities in remote untouched areas
Gourmet cuisine and fine wines
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The boat sails between May and mid October each year and they offer a variety of cruise options.
Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Pacific Yellowfin Cruises or take a look at our itineraries to British Columbia
Pacific Yellowfin provides a truly unforgettable opportunity to experience the beauty and wilderness of the British Columbia coastline in a unique and historic wooden ship, resplendent in all the luxuries you could wish for.
Originally built as a coastal freighter for the US Army during the Second World War, the Pacific Yellowfin has a fascinating history that has brought her now to the beauty and serenity of Desolation Sound and beyond on the British Columbia coast.
Following spells as a spy ship and research vessel, this beautiful wooden boat was painstakingly refitted in 2003 and now offers the ultimate in luxury and comfort for guests wishing to explore this beautiful area.
Step on board and drink in the spotlessly clean decks, the shining varnish of the wood and the comfort and elegance of the main saloon. The ship is yours to enjoy for next 4 to 7 days and the 5 experienced and welcoming crew and there to ensure you enjoy every moment.
Although the Pacific Yellowfin will propose a cruise to all guests on board, nothing is set in stone and Captain Colin and his crew are happy to adapt to exactly what their guests would prefer. They can head to the best spots for Indigenous culture, where a local guide will lead you on an adventure in to untapped territory, or you can head out in one the ships three small craft, heading into tiny inlets where no one else had been to search out wildlife of all kinds.
Depending on the time of year, the Gulf Islands may be better for Orca watching, or perhaps heading to local island to explore farmers markets or vineyards. Desolation Sound offers spectacular scenery and local culture not to mention warm hot spring fed waters, perfect for breaking out the inflatable slide and diving into the crystal clear lagoons. Or perhaps paddle out in a kayak to a deserted beach for a gourmet picnic rustled up by the boat's amazing chef, Milan. Or hike to remote mountain lakes.
As you head into Fall, the boat heads north to the Great Bear Rainforest. This incredibly remote and spectacular area is home to the elusive Kermode or "Spirit" bears as well as grizzlies, eagles, porpoises and coastal wolves and makes for the ultimate adventure. Hike salmon streams and old growth forest, learn about the local Gitga'at culture and enjoy a traditional dinner with them. Head out for saltwater or fly fishing. Watch the salmon run, an amazing experience. This is where the boat comes into its own, taking guests to untouched parts of this magnificent wilderness area, far off the beaten track, without compromising on luxury.
On board the service and experience is fully 5 star. Intimate and personalized, the crew will do everything they can for their guests. Steer the boat, help with the navigation, learn about the pristine classic engine, relax in the hot tub, read about the flora and fauna, crank up the stereo, doze on the deck, be looked after, want for nothing. Each meal is a gourmet delight with Milan conjuring up magical gourmet extravaganzas in the galley. Enjoy the finest and freshest ingredients, paired with local wines, keeping your experience everything BC.
At night you slumber in proper beds with the finest linen and warm duvets. Proper flushing toilets, hot showers and even a bath are on board Fluffy towels, soft toys for the children and DVD players are all there for you whilst a day in the freshest air leaves you heading for the deepest slumber, rocked by the gentle movement of the boat.
Each day will bring something new and exciting. Marvel at the hot water pumped in from the hidden springs, take the plunge from the inflatable slide on the side of the boat. Laugh, relax, be together as friends or family in this most unique and special adventure.
The vessel offers 4 guest staterooms, each beautifully appointed with varnished woodwork and a nautical theme. Each cabin has a TV monitor with DVD player.
The maximum occupancy of the whole boat would be 11 plus a cot
The Captains Stateroom is located on the upper deck and offers the best views on the boat as well as an en suite bathroom including a bath. The cabin has direct access to the upper deck and bridge.
The Owners Stateroom is located on the main deck and offers a four poster queen size bed and 5 portholes. There is an en suite bathroom and an extra bed or cot can be added. The cabin has direct access to the main deck and plenty of space.
The Bear's Cabin offers a double bed and two additional single beds with small portholes. There is a private en suite shower room.
The Orca's Cabin offers a small double bed and a drop down additional single bed. This cabin is ideal for a nanny with the children sleeping in the Bear's cabin next door. The private shower room is across the hall.
There is no specific child care available, however, children of all ages are most welcome on board. The Pacific Yellowfin is the perfect environment for a family vacation together.
Captain Colin Griffinson and his crew of four are here to ensure guests have the experience above and beyond what they dreamed of.
Highly talented Chef Milan offers up gourmet delights from the galley, the debonair Sebastien pairs perfectly Milan's creations with local wines, the extensively traveled Dominic accompanies guests on all activities and Chief Engineer Jack, the curator of the 1920s Twin Atlas Imperial engines recounts zany stories from his 50 years at sea.
Guests also benefit from the expertise of the even more local people: local artisans, local wildlife scientists and First Nations guides.
The vessel has a wealth of exciting toys and equipment to keep guests busy.
6 50cc motorbikes, 11 mountain bikes, 11 ocean and sports kayaks, 40 ft water slide, inflatable banana, hot dogs, tubes, water trampoline and water pistols are all carried on board.
There is also a hot tub and golf driving range on the boat.
A wide selection of books, board games and DVDs are available for guest use
The vessel carries a 22ft tender, 14ft RIB boat and 24ft beach landing craft with it at all times ensuring guests can be whisked off at a few moments notice.
Wildlife viewing is the main activity with opportunities to travel far and wide and totally off the beaten track. Eagles, dolphins, humpback whales, orca whales, seals, steller sea lions, black bears, grizzly bears and the elusive Kermode or "Spirit" bear are all often seen.
Fishing for salmon, halibut prawn and crab traps are all possible.
Waterskiing, wake boarding and tubing are also available.
Day 1 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
On your first day at Farewell Harbour, you'll arrive at the lodge by water taxi from Alder Bay. After a welcome orientation and lunch, you'll head off by zodiac in search of marine wildlife on the Johnson Strait.
Day 2 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today will be a wildlife viewing day to remember as you head out by boat to on your first full day bear viewing adventure to one of the main grizzly viewing estuaries.
Day 3 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today you'll be back on the water for another bear viewing safari or you can opt for an extenstive exploration of the Johnstone Strait in search of whales.
Day 4 - Farewell Harbour Lodge
Today you'll choose to enjoy your last day at Farewell Harbour either on a guided rainforest hike, a marine excursion or take a short kayak around Farewell Harbour, and soak in this secluded and spectacular island in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Location & directions
British Columbia, Canada
The Pacific Yellowfin is based in the Gulf Islands on the coast of British Columbia and cruises this area, Desolation Sound and the Great Bear Rainforest