The San Juans& Gulf Islands

The unique beauty and sunny weather of Washington’s San Juan Islands have been famous for generations

Nestled in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the nearly 200 unique islands get about half the rainfall of Seattle. The alluring charm of this archipelago is expressed both in its natural landscapes, and its diverse wildlife – above and below the water. Grass and moss-carpeted hillsides give way to graceful madronas and sculpted firs. Wildflowers fill the meadows in spring and early summer. The occasional sand or gravel beach is punctuated by whimsically shaped sandstone, beckoning the kids to explore. Rich emerald waters yield fish for the grill, crab, and prawns for a shore-side feast. Three groups of orca whales call the islands home during the year, chasing the salmon that migrate through. Eagles perch in shore-side trees, and a variety of seabirds cruise the bays and channels, diving for fish. Protected parkland abounds with several islands devoted entirely to the marine explorer. A large variety of trails provide great opportunities for discovery. A sunny overlook, a hidden cove, a quaint one-room schoolhouse, or an abandoned lighthouse are among the myriad treasures to be found. Local artist galleries, restaurants, and elegant resorts with spas lend variety to the bigger islands.

With a two-hour sail to the north, the Canadian Gulf Islands take up where the San Juans leaves off. Similarly beautiful in topography and weather, they provide a quieter, even more, relaxed experience. Myriad peaceful coves, madrona-clad sandstone bluffs, and mossy woodland trails invite adventurers. As in the San Juans, many sandy beaches lay thickly fringed with white shells; the telltale evidence of ancient village sites of the seafood-eating Coast Salish people. Relax with us in a protected anchorage while one of the famous sunsets caps another memorable day.

Tours

Duration
5 days
Group Size
2 to 6

5-Day Sailing Tour of the San Juan & Gulf Islands

Join us for an all-inclusive multi day sailing tour of the most beautiful marine environment in the world!

Our multi-day, all inclusive sailing tours are the best way to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in the Salish Sea's natural beauty. With each day aboard, you'll feel a deeper connection to the natural world as you let the stresses of everyday land based life melt away. We follow the rhythms of the wind and tides to show you the true beauty of this magical archipelago.

Sailing from our home port of Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, we are quickly in one of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas of the world. Our naturalist captain will hoist the sails and guide your small group in an intimate exploration of wildlife and nature by eco-friendly sail power.

Sailing aboard the S/V Nawalak is about escaping the crowds, relaxing, and connecting with nature and the sea while exploring the quiet beaches and pristine islands of the northwest. During our tours we share with you the gems and secrets we’ve discovered in our 30+ years of sailing these amazing waterways.

★★★★★
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from
2399 USD
Duration
6 days
Group Size
2 to 6

6-Day Sailing Tour of the San Juan & Gulf Islands

Join us for an all-inclusive multi day sailing tour of the most beautiful marine environment in the world!

Our multi-day, all inclusive sailing tours are the best way to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in the Salish Sea's natural beauty. With each day aboard, you'll feel a deeper connection to the natural world as you let the stresses of everyday land based life melt away. We follow the rhythms of the wind and tides to show you the true beauty of this magical archipelago.

Sailing from our home port of Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, we are quickly in one of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas of the world. Our naturalist captain will hoist the sails and guide your small group in an intimate exploration of wildlife and nature by eco-friendly sail power.

Sailing aboard the S/V Nawalak is about escaping the crowds, relaxing, and connecting with nature and the sea while exploring the quiet beaches and pristine islands of the northwest. During our tours we share with you the gems and secrets we’ve discovered in our 30+ years of sailing these amazing waterways.

★★★★★
★★★★★
from
2599 USD
Duration
6 hours
Group Size
2 to 6

San Juan Islands 6-hour Day Sail

Climb aboard and immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the San Juan Islands.

Sailing from our home port of Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, we are quickly in one of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas of the world. Our naturalist captain will hoist the sails and guide your small group in an intimate exploration of wildlife and nature by eco-friendly sail power.

Sailing aboard the S/V Nawalak is about escaping the crowds, relaxing, and connecting with nature and the sea while exploring the quiet beaches and pristine islands of the northwest. During our tours we share with you the gems and secrets we’ve discovered in our 30+ years of sailing these amazing waterways.

★★★★★
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from
160 USD

Wildlife Watching

The San Juan Islands, located off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest, is a haven for wildlife watchers. Humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, and far too many seabirds to mention abound. Eagles perch in shore-side trees waiting for the moment to dive into the water for their next mea...

The San Juan Islands, located off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest, is a haven for wildlife watchers. Humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, and far too many seabirds to mention abound. Eagles perch in shore-side trees waiting for the moment to dive into the water for their next meal.  Further north into the Inside Passage, grizzly, black bears, Kermode (spirit) bears, and occasionally wolves rule the lush, dense temperate rainforest.  With a variety of habitats, including forests, beaches, and rocky shorelines, these islands offer plenty of opportunities to observe a diverse array of animals in their natural habitats

Excellent Sailing

The waters around the San Juan Islands are of worldwide renown and offer a range of sailing conditions, from calm and sheltered to more challenging open water. Some popular areas for finding wind include Haro Strait, the San Juan Channel, Boundary Pass, and The Strait of Georgia. As we head f...

The waters around the San Juan Islands are of worldwide renown and offer a range of sailing conditions, from calm and sheltered to more challenging open water. Some popular areas for finding wind include Haro Strait, the San Juan Channel, Boundary Pass, and The Strait of Georgia. As we head further north on our longer trips, we have the opportunity to venture into larger bodies of water and more spirited sailing conditions. We cater each trip to the comfort and excitement level of our guests. 

Hiking

Hiking in the San Juan Islands is a great way to explore the islands' natural beauty and history. With a range of trails and landscapes to choose from, visitors can enjoy everything from easy walks to challenging hikes and experience the best that the islands have to offer. It is a popular activi...

Hiking in the San Juan Islands is a great way to explore the islands' natural beauty and history. With a range of trails and landscapes to choose from, visitors can enjoy everything from easy walks to challenging hikes and experience the best that the islands have to offer. It is a popular activity for visitors looking to get out and explore and view wildlife. With miles of trails and a diverse range of landscapes, the islands offer something for hikers of all skill levels.

Visiting Remote Seaside Villages

Visiting remote seaside villages in the San Juan Islands is a great way to immerse oneself in the islands' rich history and culture. With a range of charming villages and unique experiences to choose from, visitors can explore the islands at their own pace and discover the hidden gems that make t...

Visiting remote seaside villages in the San Juan Islands is a great way to immerse oneself in the islands' rich history and culture. With a range of charming villages and unique experiences to choose from, visitors can explore the islands at their own pace and discover the hidden gems that make the San Juan Islands so special. On our 5, and 6-day tours, we often make stops in Friday Harbor, Rosario Resort, and the "Jewel of the San Juans" Roche Harbor. These charming hamlets offer museums, shopping, entertainment, and fine dining. 

Sail the San Juan Islands with an Experienced Crew!

Looking for an exciting and unique vacation? Come sailing with us in the San Juan Islands! Our experienced crew will show you the best of the islands, and you'll have a vacation you'll never forget!