Seattle and Environs Explore: Sample Itinerary:
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK LOPEZ ISLAND SAN JUAN ISLAND ORCAS ISLAND SUCIA ISLAND DECEPTION PASS SALISH SEA
Included HighlightsWildlife Adventure CruiseAdventure cruise • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise the Seattle waterfront • Olympic National Park— UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels • Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds • Birding opportunities • Taste local oysters and clams
DAY 1 Set sail from Fishermen’s Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise Seattle’s bustling waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked- away bay.
DAYS 2-7 Wake up in some of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound— surrounded by old growth forest, intertidal wetlands, and rocky outcroppings. Throughout the week, keep alert for resident marine life— whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions. Your captain guides you through the archipelago and near Deception Pass. Whale watching and birding opportunities abound—watch for Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Bald Eagles. Relish an afternoon of adventure hikes, shore walks, and kayaking.
Explore above and below the surface at Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas Islands.
And, at Sucia Island, investigate tide pools, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. If Mother Nature cooperates, there might even be a bonfire ashore. In South Hood Canal, you’ll be treated to locallygrown oysters and clams. Days of play will have you hiking in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and to the top of Mt. Constitution for panoramic views. Cap off your week at a Farewell Dinner with a slideshow highlighting your week’s adventures
DAY 8 After your final breakfast, say goodbye to newfound friends and disembark at Fishermen’s Terminal for your transfer to the Seattle airport or your optional UnCruise hotel stay.
Pausing near a slim finger of rock that plunged near vertically into the deep, sea stars clustered just below the surface were bright pops of orange and purple in the dark green water. Small maroon crabs zipped from one hiding spot to another above the water. Having nearly completed our circumnavigation of the island, we all agreed we could do it again. There was so much to see, a second time around would reveal a whole new view.
GLOWING ORBS SURROUNDED US, THE JELLYFISH GRACEFULLY FLOATING AROUND OUR KAYAKS…
PRE- & POST-CRUISE OPTIONS are available.
All onboard meals; spirits, wine, microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment, hot tub, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.