There are four principal cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest,
British Columbia and Alaska. We recommend that these areas be
explored incrementally over a period of a few years so that the
charter client has adequate time to explore the many natural wonders
and resources unique to each cruising ground and become acquainted
with M/V Kiawah and obtain the feeling that the vessel is their
own by repeat visits in subsequent years.
Puget Sound & the Canadian Gulf Islands
The charter client that wishes to explore these unique islands
will be treated to wildlife including Orcas and playful harbor
seals, as well as quaint villages that makes up the island and
resort culture. San Juan Island destinations of Friday Harbor
and Roche Harbour, Orcas Island's Rosario Resort and other well-sheltered
anchorages such as Sucia Island allow for pleasant exploration
and entertainment close to fine dining opportunities. The Canadian
Gulf islands present a culture with a British flare and a pace
that matches a vacationer's dream. There are hundreds of anchoring
opportunities and shore side exploration of small villages including
Ganges on Saltspring Island to Montague Harbour on Galliano Island.
For those clients interested in more metropolitan destinations,
Victoria, on Vancouver Island, retains the charm of a smaller
town with the benefits of a large city. Vancouver, British Columbia,
which will play host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and is often
ranked one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offers world
class entertainment, dining, and unparalleled shopping. A one-week
charter provides adequate time and an introduction to the Pacific
Northwest's many charming physical, cultural and natural resources
to be found in these two adjoining countries.
Desolation Sound Marine Park British Columbia
A two-week charter to this world famous cruising ground approximately 80 NM
north of Vancouver allows the client to experience remote anchorages,
water temperatures that approach and often times exceed 70 degrees
and unmatched natural splendor of the more accessible British
Columbia Coast with attendant fishing and crabbing opportunities.
The typical voyage explores the waterfalls of Princess Louisa
Inlet with its step fjord like walls, the waterfall and fresh
water lake at Tekearne Arm, the quaint Refuge Cove store and untold
anchorages from Walsh Cove to Preideux Haven. There is enough
time in this itinerary for the client to experience guided salmon
fishing at Painter's Lodge and April Point Lodge on Discovery
Passage near Campbell River. For the adventurous, Blind Channel
Resort and Thurston Bay Marine Park can be reached to give the
client a taste of navigating north of Yulculta Rapids and Big
Bay and the experience that goes with a more remote area.
Hakai Marine Park-BC Central Coast
The client that wishes to explore the British Columbia Central Coast will experience a natural environment that is remote and far from most recreational boaters cruising grounds, but can be reached with relative ease by transiting Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. M/V Kiawah is equipped to reach these remote cruising grounds in comfort so that the charter client can experience BC's largest marine park, its white sand beaches, gray whales that inhabit Fitz Hugh Sound and probably the most prestigious fly in fishing resort, Hakai Beach Resort.
Guided salmon trips may be arranged together with the opportunity to experience fine dining in the most remote of settings. While cruising, typically the charter client stops at Sullivan's Bay a unique floating community, explores the many inlets from Belize Inlet to River's Inlet with Dawson's Landing and may go as far north as the Indian Village of Bella Bella and adjacent Ocean Falls. During a long voyage crew and guest changes can easily be accommodated at Port Hardy on Vancouver Island or by specially arranged floatplane service to outlying anchorages.
The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska
The charter client that wishes the ultimate experience may charter
M/V Kiawah for as little as four weeks and as much as eight weeks,
may by special arrangement organize a one way charter and experience
some of the most unique scenery and natural resources anywhere
along the Inside Passage in Alaska. The owners of M/V Kiawah confirmed
this itinerary for it's prospective clients in 2003 by completing
a flawless 31-day round trip voyage from Kiawah's moorage in Bellingham
Washington navigating the Inside Passage north to Glacier Bay.
At a more leisurely pace the typical charter client will see Misty Fjords National
Monument with such unique anchorages as Punch Bowl Cove, with its
towering waterfall that can be reached by hiking trials. Working
your way north, you will arrive at the charming port of Ketchikan, a major cruise ship
destination and continue on through Clarence Strait to Anan Bay where the US Forest Service maintains
a Grizzly Bear and Black Bear Observatory.
Farther northward, stops include the quaint village of Petersburg
which is not visited by cruise ships and thus retains its character
and working waterfront, Frederick Sound with its summer population
of Humpback whales that put on an impressive show in their natural
environment and pleasant anchorages such as Gambier Bay where
you are usually alone to enjoy the natural beauty of the Alaskan
environment. Entering Tracy Arm the charter client can experience
calving glaciers with attendant icebergs, some of which reach
Stephen's Passage. From there the voyage heads for Juneau with
its excellent transportation facilities that can easily accommodate
crew or guest changes.
Leaving Juneau the charterer usually heads for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve where a permit is required for entry. Only 25 recreational boats are allowed in the park at any one time, so careful planning well in advance is required to thoroughly enjoy this natural wonder with peaks towering to 18,000 feet a few miles from tidewater. With adequate time the charter client will move south
through Chatham Strait and Peril Strait to Sitka with access to world class fishing and a Russian Culture that is indicative of early settlements in this part of Alaska. Rounding out the passage are anchorages at Warm Springs, Baronof Hot Springs and a trip that works its way back to Ketchikan and south if the client is navigating on a round trip basis. For
clients with less time, a specially arranged one-way charter offers the time needed to experience these natural and cultural features of Southeast Alaska.