Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

From USD $4,295

Description

A wild world of natural wonder. Explore islands, hike in rainforests and up mountains, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life.

Trip Name
Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 36 m Passenger Capacity: 22 Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2006 Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests. Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge. There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation. Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Seattle, Washington – Embarkation
Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail via either the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or picturesque Shilshole Bay and cruise along the city's shoreline before dropping anchor in a tucked away cove.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Salish Sea / Deception Pass
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there are 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 - DAY 3 Lopez Island / San Juan Island
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 - DAY 4 Orcas Island
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, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands (2,409 feet high) and has a mind-blowing view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs. You might also visit the charming community of Eastsound—it’s nestled above Fishing Bay and been around since the late-1880s.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Sucia Island
The treats keep coming! With no paved roads or even ferry access, enjoy your day on picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. You feel a million miles away from it all, exploring the intertidal zone with your guides, hiking across the island, and kayaking in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’s even a barbeque ashore.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Captain’s Choice
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 - DAY 7 Olympic National Park
Hike (or snowshoe if the snow is still there!) in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and top of the world 360 degree views. Your trek at Hurricane Ridge takes you across fields of sub-alpine flowers in warmer weather and snow-covered hills in the colder months. On a clear day, you can see Canada across to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Seattle – Disembark
This morning, cruise into Seattle either via the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or at Shilshole Bay. After breakfast, the Captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
14-09-201921-09-2019USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
14-09-201921-09-2019USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
14-09-201921-09-2019USD $5,295Single Stateroom
14-09-201921-09-2019USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
21-09-201928-09-2019USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
21-09-201928-09-2019USD $5,295Single Stateroom
21-09-201928-09-2019USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
21-09-201928-09-2019USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
28-09-202005-10-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
28-09-202005-10-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
28-09-202005-10-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
28-09-202005-10-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
05-10-202012-10-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
05-10-202012-10-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
05-10-202012-10-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
05-10-202012-10-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
12-10-202019-10-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
12-10-202019-10-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
12-10-202019-10-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
12-10-202019-10-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
19-10-202026-10-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
19-10-202026-10-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
19-10-202026-10-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
19-10-202026-10-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
26-10-202002-11-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
26-10-202002-11-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
26-10-202002-11-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
26-10-202002-11-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
02-11-202009-11-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
02-11-202009-11-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
02-11-202009-11-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
02-11-202009-11-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
09-11-202016-11-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
09-11-202016-11-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
09-11-202016-11-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
09-11-202016-11-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
16-11-202023-11-2020USD $4,295Mariner Stateroom
16-11-202023-11-2020USD $5,295Single Stateroom
16-11-202023-11-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
16-11-202023-11-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom

Inclusions

    • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or cruise the Seattle waterfront
    • Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass
    • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers
    • Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and at Mt. Constitution
    • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
    • Birding opportunities
    • Taste local oysters, clams, cider, and microbrews

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