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“Thank you for such a positive experience that will remain with us in memory forever!”

— Ledgerwood Family, Orcas Island, WA



“I was impressed with the craftsmanship of the vessel, your combined generosity, and the skill, knowledge, and commitment as expressed by David.”

— Isabel Athmann, Deer Harbor, WA



“The food was absolutely fantastic!”

— Wales Christian, Orcas Island, WA



“This was a fantastic experience for us! Thank you for the great hospitality and food, and for showing us this beautiful place on Earth! No words can adequately describe it!”

— Thomas Family, Willoughby, OH



“The Na’walak is beautiful — accommodations excellent. My favorite was the electric motor on the skiff — what a thrill to move into the wilderness without noise!”

— Flora Coughlin, Seattle, WA



"Our trip with you many years ago was one of our most memorable adventures. You were an amazing skipper and naturalist."

— Richard Pell, Sarasota, FL



"Adventure of a lifetime. Highly recommended for any traveler that wants to see the Great Northwest in a private, comfortable environment, and to view up close all that nature has to offer!"

—Joann I. Osage Beach, MO


I would recommend Captain Dave to anybody considering a trip to the Northwest. We came all the way from Florida to visit this area. The only way to see this area is with Captain Dave and Emerald Isle Sailing Charters."

—Derek and Kathy O'Brien and Family



“I can’t say enough about Dave. His experience with commercial fishing, fish spotting, and working with Raincoast Conservation Society make him incredibly knowledgeable, which added immensely to my enjoyment of the trip.”

— Megan Coughlin, Seattle, WA

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and read Megan’s own
journal of her
Great Bear Rainforest adventures
onboard the Na’walak



"We absolutely loved every minute. We were sad to have to leave the boat, and hope to be back again to bask in Captain Dave's knowledge and friendship–we have made a friend for life."

— Dorothy M. Boise, ID



It was a true pleasure working with Dave — a consummate professional and expert navigator! We really appreciate Dave’s hard work and hope you guys will be proud to see the Na’walak in our film.”

— Anne Marie Hammers, National Geographic Television








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