3-Day Puget Sound Bird Fest Birdwatching Cruise

Join Puget Sound Express for an exciting 3 day birdwatching cruise in the San Juan Islands. Selected by National Geographic as one of the World’s Top 3 destinations, the waters around the San Juan Islands are home to an astonishing array of migrating birds, orcas (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, humpback whales, steller sea lions, porpoise, otters, and countless sea and shorebirds. Evenings will be spent in the luxurious Earthbox Inn & Spa in Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island.

We’re very pleased to announce that the Tour Naturalist for our 3-Day Puget Sound Bird Fest Cruise is none other than Bob Boekelheide former Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center. You won’t find a better guide to the area’s flora and fauna than Bob.

September 12-14, 2016 Overnight accommodations in Friday Harbor at Earthbox Inn & Spa.

Day One

We’ll leave Edmonds at 10am on Day 1 aboard the comfortable MV Glacier Spirit.


We’ll cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which is bordered by three mountain ranges, the Olympic Peninsula, and the San Juan Islands. It is one of the most beautiful seas to cross in the world. Along the way, our captain will point out many seabirds and mammals that frequent these waters. Depending on where the orcas are traveling that day, we may also be fortunate to see them in transit.


After lunch onboard the boat, we’ll reach San Juan Island – our home base for the next couple of days. We’ll stay at the famous Earthbox Inn and Spa in Friday Harbor. The cultural center of San Juan Island, Friday Harbor is home to shops, galleries and open-air markets, and there is a wonderful selection of restaurants ranging from the fine dining to ice cream parlors, all of which will please your appetite.


After arrival, you will have plenty of time to explore on your own. Hiking, kayak and bike rentals, tennis and swimming, are all possibilities for you to enjoy. Dinner is on your own in the evening in Friday Harbor.

Day Two

On Day 2 we’ll board the Glacier Spirit at 9:30 for a wonderful day of sightseeing and hiking through the San Juan Islands. We will journey to famous Sucia Island State Park for 2 hours of hiking.


Sucia Island State Park is a 564-acre marine park with 77,700 feet of shoreline. It is considered the crown jewel of the state’s marine park system and is consistently ranked as one of the top boating destinations in the world. The shoreline is famous for its evocative, highly eroded sandstone formations – with cliffs, hoodoos, arches, and caves. Sucia Island is also a world-class viewing area for seabirds, seals, porpoise, eagles, and whales. Upon arrival at Sucia, a sack lunch is provided for you as you explore the island for the next two hours. We’ll return to San Juan Island at 4:30 where you can enjoy the late afternoon and dinner on your own.

Day Three

On Day 3, we begin our return loop back to Edmonds. We’ll say goodbye to San Juan Island at 9am. We will head on a new course through the islands, south through the Swinomish Slough and on through Deception Pass. Wildlife should be plentiful and the scenery simply stunning. After taking in the historic La Conner waterfront and the nearby tidelands, soaking in the views and the endless variety of shorebirds, we will journey through the wild tide currents of Deception Pass.


Back out on Strait of Juan de Fuca we will head south past Smith Island Marine Sanctuary – an island in the middle of the sea that is home to thousands of seabirds and mammals. Weather permitting, we expect to arrive in Edmonds at 3pm.

Package Includes:

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    Three days aboard Glacier Spirit

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    Breakfasts; Lunch aboard the vessel

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    Two nights accommodation at Earthbox Inn & Spa

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Departs from Edmonds
Evenings in Friday Harbor


September 12-14, 2016


3 Days




Per Person Double Occupancy: $850
Single Occupancy: $925

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