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 »

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 »