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Something Special About Toba Wildernest

We found Toba Inlet to be some of the most beautiful areas in Desolation Sound. When we were there the water was that greenish color, almost like we’d see in the Bahamas. It seemed to have phosphorescent glow about it.

As we approached Toba Wildernest Resort, we enjoyed a parade of boats passing us as they left the marina.

Lots of boats coming and going from Toba Wildernest.

As we slowly approached the marina dock I radioed Kyle, who gave me instructions to dock on the inside of the T dock closest to shore. My immediate concern was if there would be enough water being that close to shore. With Kyle still on the radio, I asked him if there was enough depth for our two-foot draft. His comment was that there was more than enough. Once tied up I noticed the distance beneath our boat was whopping 40 feet.

I missed it the first few times, maybe you didn’t, the name is Toba WilderNEST Resort. The owners, Kyle and Andrea, have made a “nest” out of this beautiful piece of “wilderness,” off Toba Inlet. They raise their family and run a business in this remote wilderness. They live there year round and enjoy a lifestyle not many of us would entertain, not long term anyways. Their location is very remote, not a neighbor for miles. The only way to get to this marina is by boat.

“Some might say there’s not much do to at this marina/resort and to that I’d quickly say that although that statement may be true – that is what is so very special about Toba Wildernest Resort.”

Situated off Pryce Channel, to the North of the Redonda Islands and at the gateway to Toba Inlet, Toba Wildernest gave us a chance to experience a very rustic and remote dockage situation. It also gave us an opportunity to get off of our boat, stretch our legs, fill up our water tanks, take hot showers and socialize with other backcountry seekers. But, more importantly, it allowed us to get up close and personal with a stark, peaceful, uncultivated wilderness setting.


Lisa and I had read there was a trail, starting not far from the resort, following a riverbed up the mountain, so soon after we were settled in at the dock, we headed to the trailhead just past the marina building to take in the “Wildernest” falls. We followed the homemade signs up the steep incline, using tree roots as steps in some areas. We made it, not to the very top of the mountain, but high enough to get some good exercise on the steep, rooty trail. We can’t imagine what the run off from that waterfall would be like in the springtime as there has not been much rain in this area lately and the riverbed is all but dried up.


Interesting enough the resort’s, (consisting of marina, family home and rental cabins), entire electrical source is generated by Kyle and Andrea’s home-built hydroelectric plant and they use water from the falls for their water supply for the whole resort (above and below).


Cocktail hour was held on the dock of Toba Wildernest that night. I enjoyed swapping stories with C-Dory owner and a few other guys on the dock while Lisa was preparing dinner.

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