172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, Washington, stretch languidly between the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Anacortes, Washington. The San Juan Islands provide the ultimate boaters’ paradise with calm protected waters, the most shoreline in any US county and endless wildlife viewing opportunities.
Most of the islands are only accessible by private boat, providing serene, secluded experiences. NW Explorations provides the ultimate voyage via a group flotilla to fully immerse yourself in this lush Pacific Northwest ecosystem with other like-minded cruisers, a lead yacht with a Coast Guard licensed skipper and a naturalist.
If you haven’t made plans for June this year, consider joining NW Explorations 2019 San Juan flotilla, cruising through this incredible part of the Pacific Northwest, June 21 – 28, 2019.
And, be prepared to share your journey with many of the locals: species like Orca Whales (75 in residence here), Harbor porpoise, Pacific Harbor seals, Stellar sea lions weighing in at up to 2,000 pounds, bald eagles, Great Blue Herons, red fox, Columbia black-tailed deer, as well a diversity of seabirds, fish, and marine invertebrates. In summer months, you can enjoy some of the best fishing in the region. Throw lines out for Sockeye Salmon, Lingcod and Pacific Halibut or drop the crab pot for an amazing fresh appetizer.
So many enriching days and nights await on this flotilla. You’ll visit pristine anchorages, thriving island villages and various historic attractions like a light station, museum, historic mansion and 1-room schoolhouse. En route, cruise passed secluded shoreline and rocky cliffs inspiring thoughts of previous explorers of this area, viewing the same beautiful landscape and seascape you gaze upon. We’ll anchor at the luxurious Rosario Resort Spa for some indulgence and on uninhabited Sucia Island to explore protected parkland offering spectacular vistas and pristine trails lined with ancient evergreens. Back in Bellingham, take in the joys of this coastal city and surrounding region.
On your flotilla you’ll meet incredible like-minded people, have countless new experiences, escape everyday life and have daily wildlife encounters. On board your yacht, lounge on its open-air deck at sundown with an evening cocktail or enjoy an al fresco meal incorporating your catch of the day. Camaraderie and laughter will permeate the week as you cruise the San Juan Islands with new friends. Find out more specifics about the entire flotilla experience in our flotilla FAQ’s.
For a more detailed personal view of the flotilla voyage, read some of our previous blogs like Day 4, cruising from Victoria to Stuart Island and Day 5, cruising from Stuart Island to Rosario Resort.
Ready to anchor your spot aboard NW Explorations’ June 2019 San Juan flotilla? Reserve now.