What a great first day aboard National Geographic Venture! After leaving Vancouver, BC, we journeyed north to Desolation Sound where guests enjoyed hikes, Zodiac tours, and kayaking around these stunning waters. These coastal temperate rainforests paint such a stunning landscape of colors and life everywhere you go. Looking up invites an awe-inspiring view of yellow bigleaf maples. Peering down reveals a beautiful, hidden world of fungal networks spreading throughout the growth of trees and decomposing logs. Mushrooms galore!

The rest of our evening was spent eating another delicious meal from our talented galley team, followed by a fascinating presentation from naturalist and cultural interpreter Sharon Grainger. Guests learned about the long history of the First Nation’s communities in this region of the Pacific Northwest, as we prepare to be welcomed in Alert Bay tomorrow by the Kwakwaka’wakw people.