Sailing the wild side of the San Juan Islands
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In Eastsound, WA, Washington, United States of America
Join us in an intimate exploration of the San Juans’ wildlife and natural splendor. Sail with orca whales. Paddle through hidden coves in our kayaks. Explore remote islands rich with seals, sealions, nesting eagles, otters, and many others. Enjoy gourmet meals and tranquility aboard our beautiful 54’ sailing yacht. Luxuriate in an effortless letting go of stress and worry as our attentive service, in the San Juans’ enchanting environment, join to bring you a deep relaxation of the soul.Show less
- 3 days
Our trips originate at the Deer harbor Marina in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands.
- Eastsound, WA
- State / Region
- Zip / Postcode
- United States of America 48.7107758 -122.9318969
Although the itinerary of our 3 day tours usually includes the same highlights, the order in which we visit them is often based on wind direction, tides, and where the orca whales happen to be. There are about 170 islands in the San Juans, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and several quaint seaside villages. What follows is a typical route.
1. We leave the dock in Deer Harbor at 10 am, heading south through the heart of the San Juans, through Harney Channel, passing dramatic Orcas Island, sleepy Shaw Island, and the sandy beaches of Lopez–threading a narrow gap between Spencer Spit on starboard, and the rocky cliffs of Frost Island on port. Here we reach into the expanse of placid Lopez Sound, usually picking up a freshening breeze coming in from the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Anchoring in a cozy little cove in a little-known corner of Decatur Island for a gourmet picnic on a secluded beach.
Weighing anchor, we continue south along the east side of Lopez to the far south end of the San Juans to a spectacular cove for the evening.
2. After waking up to hot scones and a spread of fruit, (customarily followed by a full breakfast later) we may take a short hike to a beautiful promontory overlooking the Straits, and the Olympic Mountains. Once under way, we often hoist the huge rainbow spinnaker and head northeast up Rosario Strait, and relax in the hammock under the bright colors. We sometimes stop on this leg to explore James and Cypress Islands. Rounding the eastern edge of Orcas, we thread the scenic gap between Barnes and Clark Island, and stop for the night at the remote wildlife sanctuary of Matia Island.
3. After visiting with baby seals, otters, eagles, and others–by kayak if desired, we take a leisurely walk around the island, beachcombing in hidden coves, and strolling through towering ancient fir trees.
Leaving Matia behind, we head west towards Sucia Island–a marine park at the north end of the San Juans. Anchoring in one of the myriad intricate coves, we often go ashore for another picnic on a sandy beach. Miles of hiking trails can be explored here for the adventurous. The kids might enjoy investigating old smugglers’ caves above the beach.
Mid-afternoon finds us under sail southwest bound between Orcas and tranquil Waldron Islands. Dropping anchor once more at Jones Island, we enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres before the short sail back to home port at Deer Harbor.
All meals, snacks and a variety of beverages, fine wines with dinner
All bedding, towels and washcloths
Aveda shampoo and conditioner, handsoap, body soap and lotion
Fishing and crabbing gear
2 single kayaks
Solar-powered, electric inflatable tender
Life vests for children through XXL adults
A fine captain and superb chef
fishing licenses if desired
transportation to/from Deer Harbor
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If cancelled up to 1 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.