21786
Washington
The San Juan Islands by Land and Sea: Hidden Anchorages
Cruise the San Juan Archipelago aboard a private chartered yacht, visiting national parks, spotting Orca whales and other wildlife, and enjoy guided scenic walks as we explore trails.
Rating (4.95)
Program No. 21786RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,899
7 days
6 nights
16 meals
6B 5L 5D
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At a Glance

Orcas breach nearby, harbor seals caper in the straits and bald eagles soar overhead as you navigate the pristine waters and narrow passageways of Washington’s San Juan archipelago. During three daylong voyages aboard the M/V Chinook, observe porpoises, whales and seabirds from the deck of the privately chartered vessel as you learn from the knowledgeable local captain and crew. Discover the islands’ unique ecology and geology on shore excursions with a local expert, visit a Chinook Salmon enhancement facility seen as a benchmark for natural rearing methods in the Northwest and much more. You’ll dine on cracked crab as you make your way between islands and enjoy comfortable lodgings in the seaside port of Friday Harbor, the heart of the San Juan Islands.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily on varied terrain and standing for up to one hour. Walking up/down boat ramps, getting on/off vessel; climbing stairs. Elevators and lifts unavailable on vessel and mini-buses.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy three days of private study cruises in the San Juan Archipelago aboard the M/V Chinook, highlighted by onshore explorations of the lighthouses, historic sites and hidden corners of three islands.
  • Experience the history and beauty of San Juan Island with lodgings and museum visits in charming Friday Harbor and enjoy exploring historic Roche Harbor.
  • Enjoy an interpreted hike on the northern island of Sucia and an exclusive jewel accessible only by private vessels, followed by a picnic lunch aboard the MV Chinook while cruising the islands.
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Cindy Hansen
Cindy Hansen’s love for whales inspired her to pursue a degree in zoology and career as a naturalist. She served as the on-board naturalist for Mosquito Fleet Whale Watching for eight years, and since 2001, has spent the winters working as a naturalist and migrating with the gray whales to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. Cindy was the education curator for The Whale Museum and is currently the education, outreach and events coordinator for Orca Network.
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