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Dinner awaited – medium rare steak and butter-dripping lobster tail.  But...“I hate to do this to you just before THIS dinner but there’s a mammoth pod of dolphins off our bow.” The announcement on the ship’s loudspeaker sounded almost apologetic. This was, after all, our grand finale dinner in a week of spectacular food. Out there, hardly yards from our keel were hundreds and hundreds of saddleback dolphins, splashing and leaping and twisting in the rays of golden sunset light. You’ve heard the phrase, “The water was alive.” Well, yes it was. It frothed and churned and bubbled. For a good twenty minutes. Then we headed in for dinner and were literally settling bottoms into chairs when Captain Shawnda Gallup’s voice echoed again, “Uh. Folks. We’ve got rays. Dozens of them.” Sure enough, their large ... (more)

Vancouver Island Yacht Charter

The amazing thing was the fish. They were everywhere... huge schools of  China rockfish looked like something from the tropics. And the submerged walls were coated with life... plumose, sponges, barnacles, clumps of feather duster worms. But we weren’t at Browning Pass. This was a spire of rock on Vancouver Island’s northwest coast, a spot dived by only a handful of people before, a spot still loaded with fish because it’s not exactly on anyone’s harvest path and still loaded with life because, frankly, hordes of divers haven’t scraped it off. The go... (more)