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June 7, 2019

Top 5 Things to Do on San Juan Island for First Timers

I have recently uprooted back to the United States after living in New Zealand for a year and a half and decided I wasn’t ready to give up that beautiful scenery. I discovered the San Juan Islands after an impromptu trip with my best friend and decided not only is it incredibly similar to my life...Read more

February 9, 2018

San Juan Island Hotels with a View

From the rolling hills and valleys to the rocky seaside, San Juan Island is known for its natural beauty and a stay here should take full advantage of these awe-inspiring landscapes. To help you plan your visit, we’ve put together a list of six San Juan Island accommodations with a view.Read more

September 20, 2017

Transient Orcas off Sidney and - Surprise! - a Humpback!

Saturday, September 16 – M/V Sea Lion – 1:30 PM Charter The Sea Lion motored up to Roche Harbor to pick up today’s charter guests—a wedding party! And a party it was. After everyone was loaded up Captain Gabe gave the Coast Guard-mandated safety talk and we were off! We headed north, cruising...Read more

August 3, 2017

Hazy Days in the San Juans Won't Keep These Transients Away!

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Kittiwake, 07/03/17, 1:30 pm Charter Tour] M/V Kittiwake had a private charter today, and Captain Gabe and I were stoked to hear that a pod of Transient killer whales were headed to the west side of San Juan Island. We had a wonderful family on board, and after briefing them on...Read more
A humpback whale takes a deep dive into the Salish Sea

July 30, 2017

Humpback Whale Sighting Near Roche Harbor at Sunset

[7/29/30- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 5:30PM] The group of passengers on today’s M/V Sea Lion sunset trip were bumped up to Level Expert Whale Watchers, because they sighted their own whale that no one had seen all day! We do not use sonar or fancy equipment to find whales and other wildlife...Read more

June 30, 2017

San Juan Island Celebrates the 4th of July

The San Juans are already starting to swell with its annual influx of patriotic patrons. Festivities are held across the island, and include events such as a blind-folded dingy race, a community BBQ, beach cook-outs, cocktail hour, and, of course, fireworks! Whatever your speed, San Juan Island has...Read more

July 5, 2016

Fourth of July Festivities, San Juan Island Style

Fourth of July on San Juan Island is like no other. Hundreds of people flee the city life to head to this little island to experience the parades, fireworks, picnics, fun runs, and various other festivities that are offered on the July 4th weekend. Both Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor have an...Read more