The San Juan Islands belong to an archipelagic treasure trove in the Pacific Northwest. A collection of hundreds of islands, the San Juans teem with wildlife on land and in the sea. As a result, it has become the destination of choice for seafarers, whale watchers, and adventurers from all walks of life.
Visitors can reach San Juan Island, the second biggest of the four main islands, via an hour’s ferry ride from the mainland port of Anacortes, WA. Another way to access this piece of paradise is via air, with flights arriving at Friday Harbor Airport daily. Pontoon planes are also available from Seattle’s Lake Union that deliver you right to the downtown docks. From there, you can take private charters for a few hours, to half-a-day, to overnight, allowing you an intimate view of what the San Juans have to offer.
Bonding with the Family
Take the whole clan to embark on something new and exciting for a real change, sailing on an historic wooden schooner, such as Spike Africa. As you sail away on your surprisingly affordable private charter, you start to appreciate the history and beauty of the old wooden ships. Ships such as these, which have been exquisitely restored over the years, symbolize the rich history of the islands. Along with them come many colorful tales of adventures past, piquing the interest of young and old alike. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to feel the deck gently rock on the waves amidst a cool spray of sea mist. And on an 80-foot schooner, there’s plenty of room below deck to visit or enjoy a snack.
Exploring New Horizons
The San Juan Islands is home to various species of flora and fauna. As you lazily sail along on your schooner, check out the lush greenery surrounding the islands. Breathe in the cool sea breezes, take a peek through your binoculars, and you might find all manner of seabirds such as wild geese, falcons, eagles, herons.
Aside from drinking in the breathtaking views, there’s more for you to explore as you weave through the islands. Whale watching is a favorite activity along the San Juans. If you’re lucky, you may get a chance to watch pods of orcas, grey, and minke whales in their natural habitats. Get to learn about their migration patterns and grow a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation. Other marine creatures you are likely to greet include sea lions, porpoises, otters, and schooling salmon, depending on the season.
A Treat for that Special Someone
Looking for a unique treat for your significant other? Nothing is more romantic than a quiet evening on the still waters of the Salish Sea. Summer sunsets in the San Juans are low, slow and often spectacular. Private charters may be arranged for couples who want to experience something new and sail away on a romantic escape. Whatever time of day you wish to set out, you will certainly be captivated by the picturesque landscape and idyllic sunset found only in the San Juan Islands.
Other Great Perks
Whether you’re adventuring as a family or group, or opting for an intimate trip, San Juan Island cruises offer plenty to whet your appetite. Luckily, your schooner has a fully-equipped galley where gourmet meals can be prepared by professional chefs. You’ll surely appreciate the fresh, local ingredients, paired with some of the finest Northwest wines. You can sample such seabound delights as calamari, oysters, clams, crab, salmon, and halibut. Just thinking about the fresh catch of day will make your mouth water. What is better than a warm and friendly staff serving your meals and attending to your group’s needs on an island-protected sea? Whatever you can envision can be arranged.
Embark on Memorable Journeys
If you want to make your next family holiday unforgettable, then explore the possibilities and book your private charter cruise today. Beyond discovering the beauty of the ocean-scapes, you can gain a deeper appreciation for all of nature’s wonders. Give the experts a call, get a first-class ticket to paradise, and make memories that will last forever.
Guide to the San Juan Islands, SeattleMet.com
What to Do, VisitSanJuans.com