Category Archives: San Juan Islands

Learning about orcas at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor

Many of our charter guests arrive for their charter hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the pods of Orca whales that call the San Juan Islands home. It can be difficult to predict where you will find these majestic creatures as they are continually in motion following their food source. With that said, we are always amazed by the stories of our charter guests who happen upon the… Read More »

San Juan Islands: Hiking Moran State Park

If you want to get off your boat and do some exploring during your charter, Moran State Park is a can’t-miss stop! Located on Orcas Island, the park was donated to the State of Washington by Seattle Shipbuilder Robert Moran in 1921. Moran is also the original owner of the historical Rosario Resort, previously a single-family home, located near the entrance to the park. (The resort is another must-see site… Read More »

Rosario Resort & Spa

A popular and easy-to-access destination during your charter is Rosario Resort, located on Cascade Bay on Orca’s Island. This historical resort was originally a mansion built by Seattle ship engineer Robert Moran. Moran moved to Seattle from New York City with naught but a dime in his pocket, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become part owner of Seattle’s largest ship-repair company by 1902. By 1904, due to… Read More »

Are you ready for a San Juan Islands and Victoria Flotilla?

Pack your bags and your passport and be prepared to be wowed by the beauty, charm and history on our Victoria and Salish Sea Flotilla. Starting May 29 through June 7, this San Juan Islands guided vacation takes you on a tour of the San Juan Islands while stopping at various points to explore, hike and play along the way. You’ll be guided by San Juan Sailing owners Roger and Marlene… Read More »

San Juan Islands Lighthouses

There is a nostalgia surrounding lighthouses. They are cloaked in history, and speak to us of dedication, stormy nights at sea and dangers avoided. The San Juan Islands are ringed by five light houses, indicated on the adjacent map. You may have sailed past them before, perhaps given them a glance of respect for the service they provide you as a mariner, but do you know their stories? Let’s take… Read More »

Get in touch with nature on Lopez Island

Known as the Friendly Isle because of its pleasant residents, Lopez Island is a 15-mile stretch of land that boasts nearly 65 miles of shoreline. To say it is a beach vacationer’s paradise would be an understatement. However, Lopez Island has a lot more to offer than beach combing. The island is a mix of forest and farmland, where peaceful bays and beaches mingle and the spectacular Cascade and Olympic… Read More »

Spend Your Summer Days Care-free in Friday Harbor

There is so much to do in Friday Harbor during the summer that visitors may have a hard time fitting everything in! Charter guests looking for a memorable visit can rent a kayak, bike or moped and see the village from a unique perspective. With hundreds of shops and museums to browse and enjoy, getting around can be half the fun! For those who want to take in some of… Read More »

Don’t call it a “Humpback”

Whales are a common, but always exciting, sight in the San Juan Islands. Some live in the area year-round, such as our Resident Orcas or the more elusive Transient Orcas. Many others, including Humpback whales, simply pass through during their long yearly migrations between their summer feeding grounds in the north, and their winter breeding grounds near the Equator. Lucky charter guests may have the opportunity to catch a glimpse… Read More »