3-Day Audubon Birdwatching Cruise
The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and Puget Sound Express invite you to take part in an amazing three-day birdwatching and wildlife cruise in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
The San Juan Islands are famous worldwide as National Geographic’s #3 World Travel Destination, and our tour will connect you with the best of the San Juan Island experience.
Tour Naturalist Bob Boekelheide (formerly Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center) will be pointing out all the birds for us. In addition to wildlife and bird watching, we will visit and stay overnight in historic Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, tour fascinating sites on the island, as well as Deception Pass near Whidbey Island.
We’ll leave Sequim at 10am on Day 1 aboard the comfortable 70-seat 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.
We’ll have breakfast and lunch on-board.
We’ll spend our nights at the popular Earthbox Inn & Spa. Nestled in the heart of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Earthbox Inn & Spa features soothing guestrooms that are decorated in tones of the earth, sun, sea, and sky, colors to make you feel at home. Clean and modern rooms with plenty of amenities like free WiFi, an indoor heated pool, onsite spa, and free beach cruisers to bike around Friday Harbor
On Day 2 we’ll board the Glacier Spirit at 9:30 for a wonderful day of sightseeing through the San Juan Islands. We will journey to famous Sucia Island State Park for 2 hours of walking and wildlife spotting.
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 tremendous viewing area for seals, porpoise, eagles, seabirds, 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.
On Day 3, we begin our return loop back to Sequim. 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 Sequim at 3pm.
3 days/ 2 nights roundtrip cruise from Sequim, WA, aboard the M/V Glacier Spirit.
Small-ship cruising through the spectacular San Juan Archipelago and Deception Pass.
Personal ship-board naturalist providing in-depth information about birds, whales, porpoises, history, and the islands.
BIRDS AND WILDLIFE GALORE!
The San Juan Islands are a premier birdwatching destination. In addition to waterfowl and game birds, the Islands are home to loons, cormorants, wading birds like the Great Blue Heron, vultures, eagles, hawks, gulls, terns, alcids, owls, and countless shore birds.
The San Juan Islands also are a prime viewing location for Biggs orcas – or “killer whales.” The marine ecosystem that supports the whales, also supports minke whales, humpbacks, seal lions, seals, otters, and many other marine mammals. As we tour the Islands, we’ll likely see many of these creatures from the boat.
- $1,395 per person (double occupancy)
- $1,595 per person (single occupancy)
Costs include: Sea and land travel, lunches onboard, breakfast and lodging at Earthbox Inn & Spa.
The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society reserves the right to cancel the trip and refund payments in the unlikely event of low registration.