Category Archives: boating trips

Experience Pristine Islands: Visit the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge consists of 83 small islands that are scattered throughout the San Juan Archipelago. These 450 acres were designated as a wildlife refuge in order to protect colonies of nesting seabirds, but they also attract a variety of other wildlife, such as bald eagles and harbor seals. For the protection of the animals, most of these islands are off-limits to visitors, although for wildlife… Read More »

Lime Kiln State Park

Lime Kiln State Park is a must-see stop for every whale enthusiast visiting San Juan Island. It is also known as the “whale-watching park” and is one of the best places in the world to watch for orca whales from shore. Due to the steep underwater topography, salmon and other prey fish are driven right up against the shore, and hungry orcas will sometimes approach to within 10 feet of… Read More »

Port Angeles, the Gateway to the Olympics

If you would like to see the Olympic Peninsula during your charter, you should make some time to stop at the charming small town of Port Angeles. Guest moorage is available at the Boat Haven Marina, which features amenities such as restrooms, showers, fuel, and pump outs. Harbor seals and sea lions frequent the harbor, and will likely be there to greet you as you pull in. For those interested… Read More »

Farmer’s Markets

Summer in the San Juan Islands is a time when the locals celebrate the rich bounty this region has to offer. Provisioning for your charter gives you a chance to indulge in flavorful, locally grown produce and other foods, and to immerse yourself in the rural culture of the islands. Each island has its own unique market where you can purchase locally grown foods and unique gifts. If you depart… Read More »

The Victorian Port Townsend, WA

If you’d like to experience the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and admire some late 19th century Victorian architecture during your charter, be sure to schedule a day in Port Townsend. Guest moorage is available through the Port of Port Townsend, either at the Boat Haven Marina or the Port Hudson Marina. Both are located close to shopping, restaurants, and historical sites of interest. Port Townsend became an official city in 1851,… Read More »

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass is probably the most scenic pass in all of the San Juans, and it draws thousands of tourists every year. Seeing it from the water, however, isn’t something that many people get the chance to do, but you certainly can during your charter! During ebb and flood tides, currents through the narrow strait can reach up to 8 knots and may result in whirlpools, standing waves, and roiling… Read More »

Anacortes

Visitors to the San Juan Islands may be familiar with Anacortes because it is the city from which all of the San Juan Island Ferries depart, but there is a lot to enjoy in and around the city that can be easily missed by the ferry passengers. Although you can easily drive to Anacortes from the mainland, it is actually located on an island in Skagit County called Fidalgo, and… Read More »

Visit La Conner

La Conner is a quaint seaside town located in Skagit County on the Swinomish Channel, which separates the mainland from Fidalgo Island. The town is a great stop for charter guests who want to see the quintessential Pacific Northwest but prefer to get off the beaten path that most visitors to this region see. Guests can moor their vessel with the La Conner Marina for $1.00/foot, and their guest docks… Read More »

Transient Vs. Resident Orcas

One of the biggest draws for tourists to the San Juan Islands are the orca whales (Orcinus orca) that frequent local waters. Most people are familiar with the appearance of orcas: their tall, triangular dorsal fins, grey saddle patches, and white eye spots are obviously identifiable characteristics. These charismatic marine mammals are not only entertaining to watch, but there is much more to them than meets the eye. Did you… Read More »

View Unique Art at San Juan Island Sculpture Park

The Pacific Northwest is rich with art of all forms, and one of the best places to see some of the local talent is the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Located just outside of Roche Harbor along the San Juan Transit route, the sculpture park features over 20 acres of outdoor art and houses 130 sculptures. Many of the sculptures were made by famous artists from the United States and… Read More »