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 on field trips up to 5 blocks, sometimes on dirt paths or uneven surfaces. Standing up to one hour at a time on field trips; walking up or down boat ramps for travel aboard ferries; some stairs at historic buildings with no elevators. Frequent getting on and off of mini-bus /van. 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 our 6-night version of this program in the San Juan Islands: #18520 - Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands
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Russel Barsh
A graduate of Harvard University, Russel Barsh has devoted his career to educating and advising Native peoples on land and environmental issues. He has served as an adviser to United Nations agencies as an advocate for indigenous peoples in developing countries, and worked as the science adviser to indigenous organizations participating in the "Earth Summit," carrying out field missions in South Africa and Asia. Russel serves as the director of KWIAHT, a nonprofit laboratory in the Salish Sea.
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