Explore Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands Cruise


  • Apr 26, 2014
  • May 03, 2014
  • Sep 13, 2014
  • Sep 20, 2014
  • Sep 27, 2014
  • Oct 04, 2014
  • Oct 11, 2014
  • Oct 18, 2014
  • Oct 25, 2014
  • Nov 01, 2014
  • Apr 18, 2015
  • Apr 25, 2015
  • May 02, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Explore the Olympic wilderness and the San Juan islands on this 8-day active small ship expedition exploring coastal Washington. Itinerary Highlights: - Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Seattle's picturesque waterfront - Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago - Hiking in the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Constitution, and Washington State Parks - Unhurried time for watching gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds - Explore scenic winding channels, temperate rain forest, and old growth forest - Uncover Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest - Time of your own for exploring quaint Friday Harbor - Hand-crafted cuisine including an oyster and clam tasting hosted by local growers

Day 1

    Seattle, Washington / Embark

    Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay to begin your Pacific Northwest cruise.

    Day 2

      South Hood Canal

      Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympics today, surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. A local family joins you onboard for a tasting of their home-grown oysters and clams.

      Day 3

        Quilcene Bay / Port Townsend

        The intertidal wetlands of Quilcene Bay—the pearl of the peninsula—make the ideal setting for kayaking, skiff exploration, and excellent birding opportunities. This afternoon, cruise along lesser visited channels keeping watch for gray whales, orcas, seals and sea lions, and learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire.” This evening, dock in historic Port Townsend for a special presentation on local Native cultures.

        Day 4

          Salish Sea / Deception Pass

          The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off the day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass.

          Day 5

            Lopez Island / Orcas Island

            Today lands you in one of the most scenic areas of the San Juan Islands. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals, and it is orca whale territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. At Orcas Island, a local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—the highest peak in the San Juan Islands. If you’re interested in more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.

            Day 6

              Captain's Choice / Friday Harbor

              Pull anchor, then your Captain leads the way as you explore narrow passages throughout the archipelago in search for whales, sea lions, and other marine life. Later you’ll have time on your own to explore the intriguing whale museum, art galleries, and boutiques of charming Friday Harbor, once an important whaling center.

              Day 7

                Sucia Island

                For your final treat, enjoy the day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore. This evening, wrap it up with a slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.

                Day 8

                  Seattle / Disembark

                  After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or on to your continued journey.
                  Port Charges: $150 per person
                  Port Charges: $150 per person
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  Port Charges: $200 per person
                  North America, Seattle, Deception Pass, Friday Harbor, United States, South Hood Canal, Quilcene Bay, Port Townsend, Lopez Island, Orcas Island, Sucia Island
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                  - All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
                  - Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
                  - Children 12 years of age or younger receive a 25% savings on Family Departure dates.
                  Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

                  Not included in your fare: Port taxes and fees are an additional $150 per person

                  Included in your fare: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna and yoga

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is $950 for one week cruises, $1700 for two or three week cruises, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                  Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  91 days or moreHalf of deposit
                  90-61 daysFull deposit
                  60-46 days55% trip cost
                  45-31 days80% trip cost
                  30-0 days100% trip cost