2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6B, Day 1 – Port McNeill to Kwatsi Bay | NW Explorations


2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6B, Day 1 – Port McNeill to Kwatsi Bay

All of the work that goes into making these experiences happen becomes gratifying when everyone arrives, and excitement immediately spreads through the group. We gathered for an orientation BBQ last night where we shared food, laughs, and stories before heading back to the boats to prepare for an early departure in the morning.

We pulled out of the marina while watching a beautiful sunrise. Right outside of Port McNeill, Cormorant Island hosts amazing totem poles from the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. The tallest totem pole in the world lives in Alert Bay and stands at an impressive 173ft tall. The carvings on this pole represent the different groups within the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. The fleet cruised through Alert Bay and got to see this totem along with many others that are in a totem park located right next to the water.

On the way to Kwatsi bay, we spotted whales, art on the rocks, and bull kelp as we passed by islands. Kwatsi Bay is surrounded by beautiful steep slopes and home to a small marina which used to be a popular destination but is no longer operating since it was sold about a year ago. Some of us explored on Kayaks while others took dinghies out. There was a trail on the other side of the bay that we pulled up to and it led us through the woods to a small waterfall.

There were many Kingfishers flying around the bay while we were exploring. Their loud calls echoed through the trees as they zipped by from branch to branch. These birds aren’t very big but they have a big personality. They tend to sit on tree branches watching the water and waiting. When they see a fish, they quickly dive down into the water to catch it. Sometimes they will hover above the water before diving headfirst after the fish.

Back at the boats everyone enjoyed the evening on deck. Clouds rolled through the trees and the light slowly faded along with all the humans. It was a wonderful first day with many things to look forward to!

P.S. Is Alaska on your bucket list? We can take you there! Email us to reserve your spot on our 2023 Mother Goose AK Flotilla. charters@nwexplorations.com 

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