San Juan Islands and Olympic National Wilderness aboard the Safari Quest

San Juan Islands and Olympic National Wilderness aboard the Safari Quest

From USD $5,600


Discover the secret places along Washington’s wild coastline on a San Juan Islands cruise. Kayak among rocky outcroppings, spotting sea life. Explore dramatic Deception Pass by skiff. Hike mossy island forests frequented by red fox, deer, and woodpeckers.

Trip Name
San Juan Islands and Olympic National Wilderness aboard the Safari Quest
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 36 m Passenger Capacity: 22 Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2006 Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest—carrying just 22 guests—can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small vessels can’t reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in. While small is her secret for access, on the inside this yacht is anything but. Spacious and comfy cabins. A cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room. And plenty of onboard niches for nestling and relaxing. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant—feel the love. Four decks provide private nooks and shared lounge space on this cozy yacht. The Observation Deck has an on-deck hot tub and fitness equipment; the Bridge Deck houses the much-coveted Admiral cabins, the small library, and our open bridge; the Main Deck features the dining room, bar, and lounge, along with the Pathfinder and Single cabins that work well for guests who don't manage stairs well. The Cabin Deck below holds the Navigator cabins. The Dining Room features open seating table service at set times. Unlimited beverages, alcoholic and non, are included in the price of the cruise. Vegetarian options are always available, and dietary restrictions are happily accommodated with advance notice. Onboard Features: Full-beam swim step; underwater bow-mounted camera; kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; on-deck hot tub; fitness equipment; DVD and book library.


Day 1 - Day 1: Seattle, Washington
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! (D)
Day 2 - Day 2: South Puget Sound
Mudflats, watersheds, and a microclimate feed the riches of the South Sound. Explore the intertidalzone by kicking in themud 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. (BLD)
Day 3 - Day 3: San Juan Islands
Wake up surrounded by the wilds of the Salish Sea, a humbling 360 degrees of wilderness. 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. (BLD)
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. 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. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
Day 7 - Day 7: Hiking Olympic Wilderness
Hike in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old-growth forest, and top of the world 360-degree views. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slideshow highlighting your week’s adventures. (BLD)
Day 8 - Day 8: Seattle
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! (B)
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience. Passport required (non USA citizens).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-04-202314-04-2023USD $5,600Navigator
07-04-202314-04-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
07-04-202314-04-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
07-04-202314-04-2023USD $7,600Admiral
14-04-202321-04-2023USD $5,600Navigator
14-04-202321-04-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
14-04-202321-04-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
14-04-202321-04-2023USD $7,600Admiral
21-04-202328-04-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
21-04-202328-04-2023USD $7,600Admiral
21-04-202328-04-2023USD $5,600Navigator
21-04-202328-04-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
28-04-202305-05-2023USD $5,600Navigator
28-04-202305-05-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
28-04-202305-05-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
28-04-202305-05-2023USD $7,600Admiral
05-05-202312-05-2023USD $5,600Navigator
05-05-202312-05-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
05-05-202312-05-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
05-05-202312-05-2023USD $7,600Admiral
12-05-202319-05-2023USD $5,600Navigator
12-05-202319-05-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
12-05-202319-05-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
12-05-202319-05-2023USD $7,600Admiral
15-09-202322-09-2023USD $5,600Navigator
15-09-202322-09-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
15-09-202322-09-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
15-09-202322-09-2023USD $7,600Admiral
22-09-202329-09-2023USD $5,600Navigator
22-09-202329-09-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
22-09-202329-09-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
22-09-202329-09-2023USD $7,600Admiral
29-09-202306-10-2023USD $5,600Navigator
29-09-202306-10-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
29-09-202306-10-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
29-09-202306-10-2023USD $7,600Admiral
06-10-202313-10-2023USD $5,600Navigator
06-10-202313-10-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
06-10-202313-10-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
06-10-202313-10-2023USD $7,600Admiral
13-10-202320-10-2023USD $5,600Navigator
13-10-202320-10-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
13-10-202320-10-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
13-10-202320-10-2023USD $7,600Admiral
20-10-202327-10-2023USD $5,600Navigator
20-10-202327-10-2023USD $6,200Single Navigator
20-10-202327-10-2023USD $6,800Pathfinder
20-10-202327-10-2023USD $7,600Admiral


    • Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago, and Deception Pass
    • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers
    • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions