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Salish Sea & San Juan Islands Adventure (Wilderness Discoverer)

Salish Sea & San Juan Islands Adventure (Wilderness Discoverer)

From USD $2,695

Description

Discover the secret places on Washington’s wild coastline. Kayak among rocky outcroppings, spotting sealife. Explore dramatic Deception Pass by skiff. Hike mossy island forests frequented by red fox, deer, and woodpeckers.

Trip Name
Salish Sea & San Juan Islands Adventure (Wilderness Discoverer)
Days
6
Overview
Vessel type: Expedition Length: 176 feet Passenger Capacity: 76 guests Built: 1992, renovated 2012 Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views. The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment. There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 Seattle, Washington – Embarkation
In a region renowned as a boaters’ paradise, your discovery begins from Fishermen’s Terminal. Set sail via the ship canal to Lakes Union and Washington—their glacially formed basins dug more than 12,000 years ago. After dinner, a sunset cruise through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and into Elliott Bay sets you right for the night. Seattle was founded along these shores and you don’t want to miss the skyline!
Day 2 - DAY 2 South Puget Sound
Mudflats, watersheds, and a microclimate feed the riches of the South Sound. Explore the intertidal zone by kicking in the mud with your guides looking for anemone and hermit crabs. Kayaking, hiking, and skiff rides are on tap, too—in one of the region's many state parks. At about 100 miles long, Puget Sound offers ample opportunity for observing the serpentined shore as you cruise through Tacoma Narrows and past Point Defiance, Vashon Island, and Bremerton. Cap off your first full day of play watching for Dall’s porpoise, with a front-row view from the bow.
Day 3 - DAY 3 San Juan Islands
Wake up surrounded by the wilds of the Salish Sea, a humbling 360 degrees of wilderness. It’s the captain’s choice where you’ll land today, but rest assured, you’ll be away from the crowds. There are unending options for investigating this sea-salty playground. If you’re kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Rocky outcroppings play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Ashore, it’s one boot in front of the other, hike through the forest or “take the high road” to ridges overlooking the archipelago. Join your expedition team on deck to search for whales, seals, sea lions, and bird rookeries as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Deception Pass / Strait of Juan de Fuca
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, perhaps even sail through the swirling waters of Deception Pass. Later in the day, keep watch for marine mammals as you venture into the open waters where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. Drop anchor for the evening in a tucked-away cove.
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. It’s all up for grabs. Top off your adventure with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and a special presentation from your expedition team.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Seattle – Disembark
This morning, cruise through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and tie up back in Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. After breakfast, the captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!
Day 7 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
12-09-202117-09-2021USD $2,895Navigator Cabin
12-09-202117-09-2021USD $3,245Trailblazer Cabin
12-09-202117-09-2021USD $3,545Pathfinder Cabin
12-09-202117-09-2021USD $3,765Single
12-09-202117-09-2021USD $5,195Explorer Cabin
19-09-202124-09-2021USD $2,895Navigator Cabin
19-09-202124-09-2021USD $3,245Trailblazer Cabin
19-09-202124-09-2021USD $3,545Pathfinder Cabin
19-09-202124-09-2021USD $3,765Single
19-09-202124-09-2021USD $5,195Explorer Cabin
26-09-202101-10-2021USD $2,895Navigator Cabin
26-09-202101-10-2021USD $3,245Trailblazer Cabin
26-09-202101-10-2021USD $3,545Pathfinder Cabin
26-09-202101-10-2021USD $3,765Single
26-09-202101-10-2021USD $5,195Explorer Cabin
03-10-202108-10-2021USD $2,695Navigator Cabin
03-10-202108-10-2021USD $3,045Trailblazer Cabin
03-10-202108-10-2021USD $3,345Pathfinder Cabin
03-10-202108-10-2021USD $3,505Single
03-10-202108-10-2021USD $4,995Explorer Cabin
10-10-202115-10-2021USD $2,695Navigator Cabin
10-10-202115-10-2021USD $3,045Trailblazer Cabin
10-10-202115-10-2021USD $3,345Pathfinder Cabin
10-10-202115-10-2021USD $3,505Single
10-10-202115-10-2021USD $4,995Explorer Cabin
17-10-202122-10-2021USD $2,695Navigator Cabin
17-10-202122-10-2021USD $3,045Trailblazer Cabin
17-10-202122-10-2021USD $3,345Pathfinder Cabin
17-10-202122-10-2021USD $3,505Single
17-10-202122-10-2021USD $4,995Explorer Cabin

Inclusions

    • Explore the Salish Sea’s San Juan archipelago, South Puget Sound, and Deception Pass
    • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Lakes Union and Washington
    • Hike in rainforest, old-growth forest, and state parks
    • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers
    • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions
    • Birding opportunities—eagles, seabirds, and migrating flocks
    • Educational presentations by your expert expedition team

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