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Eco-Friendly Small Ship Adventure

With the long and inlet-laden coastline BC has, touring by sea makes perfect sense. One might expect to have novel adventure, easy wildlife viewing and a peaceful pace from a sea-bound tourism experience. Recently Bluewater Adventures showed me I could concurrently have a luxurious and gourmet experience. Aboard their 70' Island Odyssey yacht, guests are served freshly prepared, mouth-watering meals and tapas prepared by the onboard chef. After about ten minutes aboard, I better understood why the wealthy seem to be so fond of owning great big showy boats. With tourism companies like Bluewater around, living the high-life at sea is temporarily brought within grasp of anyone wishing to treat themselves.Despite only being onboard for 3 hours, I ventured below the decks to get a peek at the 'living quarters'. There were many inviting, cheerful, wood-polished sleeping rooms with porthole windows. Not spacious, but certainly full of childlike 'playing fort' styled fun.This manner of small ship tourism elegantly fills the gap for those who run from the bloat of a cruise ship AND the labours of a self-guided trip. If this is you, BC's small ship adventures will be a true wilderness experience and education.

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Taken on June 12, 2009