Category Archives: San Juan Islands

Sucia Island

Sucia Island is commonly the first overnight stop that our charter guests make after departing from our docks on Saturday morning. It is 2.5 miles north of Orca’s Island in the San Juans, and is actually the largest island in an archipelago of ten islands, meaning that there is plenty to explore both on and off your boat. The isolated coves and bays dotting the shoreline of the island has… Read More »

Celebrating the Holidays in the San Juan Islands

If you have ever considered spending the Holiday Season in the San Juan Islands, you are in for a delightfully festive experience. Each island has unique traditions for you to enjoy. Orcas Island kicks off the season during the last weekend in November, when you can see the Olga symphony perform and enjoy the Eastsound Artwalk to pick up some unique, locally handcrafted gifts. Throughout December you should also plan… Read More »

Cypress Island

Cypress Island is a small island sandwiched between Blakely Island and Guemes Island, just south of Bellingham Bay. Although about 40 people live on the island, the Washington Department of Natural Resources manages the vast majority of the acreage and leaves it in its natural state. Cypress is heavily forested and has an extensive trail system linking various parts of the island. In roughly the center of the island is… Read More »

Vendovi Island

The San Juan Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization in Washington State dedicated to conserving land in the San Juan Islands for use as public parks, nature preserves, and other uses. One of the Trust’s most recent conservation projects is Vendovi Island, a mysterious 217-acre island located off the southern tip of Lummi Island just south of Bellingham Bay. Historically, the entire island has been privately owned, but the owner… Read More »

River Otters

Spotting marine mammals in the Salish Sea is certainly a highlight of any charter vacation. The animal that immediately comes to most people’s minds is the resident orcas that call this region home. There are, however, opportunities throughout the islands to spot some of the smaller marine mammals that live in and around the local waters. For example, there is a good chance that you’ll spot a river otter during… Read More »

Breweries and Wineries in the San Juans

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the best micro-brewed beer and small-batch wine in the country, and the San Juan Islands are a beautiful place to indulge. If you stop at Eastsound on Orcas Island during your charter, you can’t miss a visit to the Island Hoppin’ Brewery, located just north of town on Mt. Baker Rd. Island Hoppin’ is a new brewery, just opened in September of… Read More »

Harbor Seals

Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are the most common and abundant marine mammal in the Salish Sea, and you are very likely to encounter them while you’re on charter. Harbor seals are quite small for marine mammals. Full grown, they average 5-6″ long and weigh around 300 lbs. They range in color from grey to tan, and most have spots, giving them a mottled appearance that provides excellent camouflage. Harbor seals… Read More »

Enjoy a Spooky Halloween in the San Juan Islands

If you are visiting the San Juan Islands around Halloween and want to get in to the holiday spirit, you don’t have to look to hard to find a reportedly haunted location to investigate. Several hotels and restaurants around the islands have reported unworldly activity that will give even the most stubborn nonbelievers an appropriately seasonal chill. I’ve gathered a couple of the best stories to get you started on… Read More »

Learning About Native Peoples at Blake Island and Tillicum Village

Charter guests who are interested in learning about the history and native peoples of the San Juan Islands region would benefit from a stop at Blake Island. Blake Island is located in the middle of Puget Sound between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island. It is a 475 acre marine camping park, offering five miles of saltwater shoreline as well as unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline.… Read More »