(I found this quote on the website " http://boards.cruisecritic.com" ", but have no idea who wrote it :)
" We took a sailing day trip
out of Nanaimo harbour that may be up your alley. Bill, the skipper was awesome,
taking us wherever we wanted and providing tons of information about the area.
If you want a more hands-on experience, he will explain how and let you sail the
boat. I'm pretty sure he has fishing equipment on board as well. It's very
reasonably priced and I would do it again in a heartbeat. His website is
We are back from our holiday and wanted to let you know again how much we enjoyed the four hour Day Sail you took us on. It was Bob's favorite part of the holiday!! It was especially rewarding that you let Bob take an active role onboard Takuli III. We will certainly recommend your services and pass out your cards to all who are interested.
Blessings to you....
Bob & Connie June 13/05
Join us for an exciting sail departing from Nanaimo. There are many interesting things to see in this naturally protected harbour. The view from the water of Nanaimo and the surrounding landscape even impresses locals who experience it for the first time. We can also head out into Georgia Strait to experience good sailing and breathtaking mountain scenery. A great trip for groups of up to six, lots of room onboard and a very comfortable 45' sail boat. In the spring there are many fur seals and stellar sea lions to view, as they feed on herring that spawn in these waters. Orcas have been sighted by guests aboard Takuli III in the waters just off Nanaimo on several occasions, you never know when! You also can see eagles soaring above Newcastle Island. We sail around Newcastle Island and Protection Island and can sail past Snake Island, Entrance Island with a lighthouse and Gabriola Island. Other close islands include Five Finger, Jesse, Brandon and Hudson Rocks.
Takuli III sails comfortably at up to eight knots so we see all there is in our local waters. On the eight hour trips, we can enjoy lunch while underway or at anchor in a quiet bay. In the afternoon, we can explore Newcastle Island Marine Park. This beautiful island is the jewel of the harbour of Nanaimo and has been preserved and restored from its industrial past of coal mining and stone quarrying. The island itself is a paradise of shoreline cliffs, sandy gravel beaches, cave systems and a sparkling lake. Wildlife such as white tailed deer, rare blonde racoons, great blue heron, bald eagles and river otters among others make Newcastle Island their home. There is also evidence of two Coast Salish villages that were deserted when coal mining started. Today there are playing fields, 20 kilometers of hiking trails, camping and picnic sites. There is also a wonderful vista (Giovanni Lookout) looking down over the Strait of Georgia to the Sunshine Coast.
April, 2005-We counted 300 sea lions and 40 northern fur seals basking on the sandstone rocks of Entrance Island.On the way back to Nanaimo we passed two female Orcas heading south. Bring a camera and warm clothing. There is a private washroom aboard. You are welcome to participate in sailing Takuli III while underway or you can simply enjoy the trip relaxing in the fully protected cockpit or up on deck.
Four hour sail:
$80 per person
Morning, afternoon or evening
Eight hour full day sail:
$150 p/p (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Lunch and hot and cold drinks are provided on full day sail.
Drinks and snacks are provided on four hour sail.
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