The time has finally arrived. You’re about to board a beautifully-restored, wooden schooner to see some of the most panoramic views in the Pacific Northwest—a trip you’ve anticipated for so long. The San Juan Islands offer something for everyone as they provide a great opportunity to enjoy nature and the sea with family or friends.
Majestic Aquatic Life
Not many spectacles compare to seeing a large whale up close and in person. Observe the majestic nature of these creatures, which have existed for millions of years. San Juan Islands serves as summer home to many native whale species, including the humpback whale, killer whale, and gray whale.
You’ve probably seen killer whales (orcas) in the movies, but it doesn’t compare to seeing these largest members of the dolphin family thriving right before your eyes in their own habitat. This extremely smart mammal provides both an entertaining and educational experience.
You should also be able to view a wide variety of bird species—native and migratory—as well as sea lions, dolphins, and porpoises. In late summer and early fall, you might see schools of silver salmon skimming the sea’s surface. Since there are so many great aquatic creatures to see, it’s paramount that you bring a real camera. You’ll be able to capture high-quality shots of some of the most fascinating wildlife, on the islands and in the sea.
When you’re on San Juan Islands cruises, you’ll be treated to a friendly and knowledgeable staff. It may be your first time in this area. The crew will help you learn more about the area before the ship even sets sail. That way, you can prepare and create an itinerary, which helps if you’re traveling with a group of people.
There may be animals you don’t know about or locations that puzzle you. The seek out an amiable crew that will provide insights into these matters so that you can get the most out of these unique voyages. They will also make sure you know exactly where to stand on the boat when photo opportunities are about to present themselves.
These cruises are perfect if you’re looking to escape your normal routine. A classic wooden schooner provides an elegant backdrop to your day of fun and relaxation. If your cruises last late into the day, you’ll be able to relish the sunset. Hearing the water slap the hull of the boat provides a soothing effect you can’t match.
There is really no limit to how much fun you’ll experience or what you’ll see on a San Juan Islands cruise. If you need more information, contact a schooner charter company in advance. Its staff and crew will make sure you know everything such a trip holds in store.
Evolution of Whales Animation, ocean.si.edu
Top 10 Reasons to Go on a Cruise, abcnews.go.com