From wildlife to local cuisine, there are many reasons to check out San Juan Islands sailboat cruises: a chance to see orca whales and other sea creatures swim in their natural environment; beautiful views of blue water and cloud-lined skies; enjoying local cuisine; visiting art galleries; seeing farms; and browsing museums.
But, before stepping on the boat’s deck, make sure you bring along some necessities for Pacific Northwest waters when on a San Juan Islands sailboat cruise.
A Good Camera
There’s nothing worse than seeing an orca whale breach the ocean surface without capturing a photo of it. To avoid missing the shot of a lifetime, bring a good camera with you, preferably a DSLR. Of course, bring a zoom lens as well so that you can take stunning shots from afar, because boats are mandated by law to maintain a certain distance from orcas to ensure their safety.
Sunblock and Hat
If you are going out on a day cruise under sail, you’ll definitely want some protection against the sun–after all, you’ll spend most of your time on the deck and looking out into the ocean horizon. A broad-rimmed hat combined with sun block, with a rating of at least SPF 50, should be ample for deflection of those nasty UV rays.
It’s not just your skin that needs protection against the elements. Your eyes do, too. By keeping the sun’s glare out of your eyes with sunglasses, you can better focus on spotting orcas at sea. You’ll be protecting your eyes, and look cool all the while!
The San Juan Islands are mostly protected from otherwise rough waters from the north, but periodic rains, splashing and windblown water occasionally visit the deck. Wearing shoes with non-skid soles help prevent mishaps such as slipping or falling, neither being part of an enjoyable outing.
Rain hat and Jacket
Speaking of rain, it is a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket and rain hat for those isolated showers at sea that come and go, just like the orcas, under otherwise friendly skies of the area.
A good camera, non-skid shoes, sunblock, and a hat are just some of the things that you should bring on your San Juan Islands cruise. Whether you plan on seeing orcas or just enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, make sure you bring these essentials to make your adventure truly enjoyable.
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