Washington’s San Juan Islands at a Slower Pace

Immerse yourself in the heritage and pristine nature of the San Juan Islands as you learn about the region’s ecosystems, visit historic sites and enjoy an expert-led ferry ride.
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Program No. 10013RJ
5 days
Starts at
5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
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At a Glance

Enjoy a truly unique Northwest experience. Savor the ocean breezes on an expert-led adventure aboard a Washington State Ferry, chugging through deep-green waters as you glide from Friday Harbor past Orcas, Shaw and Lopez Islands in the Salish Sea. Search for orcas from coastal vantages and learn more about their sophisticated social structure at the unique Whale Museum. Uncover the Island’s rich history; from the indigenous coastal Salish people to the eclectic culture of today’s islanders.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to five blocks, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Standing up to one hour; walking up or down boat ramps for ferries; some stairs with no elevators. Bus/van does not have lift.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Voyage through the San Juan archipelago aboard the inter-island ferry as it chugs through the islands. A naturalist lectures while you enjoy the views!
  • Uncover the fascinating story of human occupation as a Native American historian and researcher presents archaeology finds of the Coast Salish peoples.
  • Visit Limekiln Lighthouse, a whale research and observation outpost and one of the best land-based sites to spot Orca whales in their native habitat.

General Notes

You might be interested in a more active, six-night version of this program, "Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands" (#18520).
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Greg Hertel
Greg Hertel is a retired physics and chemistry teacher, a former commercial fisherman, a licensed Coast Guard captain, and — as a resident of the San Juan Islands since 1974 —has served as port commissioner for Friday Harbor for 20 years. He teaches a portion of the naturalist course for the Whale Museum and has also taught classes at Skagit Valley College. Greg holds a B.S. in geology from Portland State University and a M.Ed. in natural sciences from Western Washington University.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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