Have you been contemplating taking your family up to the Pacific Northwest, but unsure on the best way to see it? Try sailing around the San Juan Islands! With so much wildlife available around the islands – orcas, dolphins, otters, humpback whales, bald eagles – sailing through the calm waters makes for an interesting time. There are many other reasons as to why a sailboat charter is the perfect way to see the San Juan Islands. Listed below are some of the activities you have access to when you hire your own private schooner.
Orca and Wildlife Quest
As mentioned above, a full-day chartered schooner is the best way to observe the orcas of the Salish Sea. The orca quest is also highly educational for children as it teaches them about wildlife and preserving the environment for survival of all creatures.
Being on a schooner is also the best way to witness the famous rain shadow of the Olympic Peninsula. On a beautiful sunny day, it is not uncommon to look up to see a 50-mile stretch of clear blue sky with dark heavy storm clouds in every direction.
Marine State Parks
There are several marine state parks along the San Juan Archipelago that can only be accessed by boat. By choosing an overnight island exploration, you and your family – together with the crew – will be able to head to an island’s shore for some hiking and exploring. Dinner will be cooked onboard or even on a campfire. Depending on the weather, you can either be a true islander and camp under the stars or sleep on the schooner.
Various Timelines Available
There are several options available when it comes to picking the timeline that works best for you and your group of family and friends.
For instance, there are evening sail cruises that last for about 2-hours that offer a great view of the sunset. You may not be covering as much ground as in a full-day’s sailing but it is a stunningly beautiful way to see the sun setting over the Pacific Northwest.
A full-day of sailing lasts for about 8-hours allowing you unparalleled vistas. You will be taken through Turn Island, Lopez Island, Speiden Island and Cattle Pass. Once on Haro Strait, you will be afforded full panoramic views of the Olympic Peninsula – the likes of which can only be seen from sea.
Conclusively, the Pacific Northwest has much to offer in terms of wildlife, island hopping and breath-taking views. Remember to charter a schooner for a day or even longer and see the area the way it should be taken in.