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Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure where you will travel through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Seattle waterfront as well as Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass.  Hike, beachcomb, kayak, paddle board, discover bird rookeries and search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle, Washington | Embark
Day 2 : Salish Sea | Deception Pass
Day 3 : Lopez Island | San Juan Island
Day 4 : Orcas Island
Day 5 : Sucia Island
Day 6 : Captain’s Choice
Day 7 : Olympic National Park
Day 8 : Seattle | Disembark

Highlights

  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels
  • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
  • Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution
  • Taste local oysters and clams

Ship

Safari Quest

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a kayak trip. Go sightseeing for whales. Explore the lush forests of Olympic National Park Seals battling A pair of spyhopping orcas

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.

Day 2 Salish Sea | Deception Pass

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there will be many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, sail through swirling waters of Deception Pass. Cap off your first day of adventure with a front-row view of the sunset from the bow.

Day 3 Lopez Island | San Juan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ve landed in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. When kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Join your expedition team on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same. Drop anchor near San Juan Island—the second largest landmass in the archipelago—to explore tide pools and skiff or kayak into hidden coves, as conditions permit.

Day 4 Orcas Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your Captain navigates through the islands to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite is to hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and has a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs.

Day 5 Sucia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your guides, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore.

Day 6 Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.

Day 7 Olympic National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Olympic Mountains—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And, enjoy the bounty of the sea—a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.

Day 8 Seattle | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport.

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Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, and transfers.

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

FARES INCLUDE: 
  • Onboard meals; spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment.
FARES EXCLUDE:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Port taxes/fees​
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