Explore Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands
A wild world of natural wonder. Explore islands, hike in rainforests and up mountains, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life.
Focused on experiencing life on the outside - rain or shine - we offer different destinations, a mix of price points (some generously inclusive) and an exciting range of multi-sport activities. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling, inflatable skiff excursions, and cultural encounters top the agenda. Our experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms, and depending on your choices, will accommodate you from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. We provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel. The rest... is up to you.
Your ships Wilderness Discoverer Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the decor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible- the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.
Safari Quest Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest"”carrying just 22 guests"”can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small ships can't reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in. While small is her secret for access, on the inside this yacht is anything but. Spacious and comfy cabins. A cozy and welcoming lounge and dining room. And plenty of on board niches for nestling and relaxing. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant"”feel the love.
Day 1: Seattle, Washington - Embarkation Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city's picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.
Day 2: Salish Sea > Desception Pass Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there will be many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants - sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, sail through swirling waters of Deception Pass. Cap off your first day of adventure with a front-row view of the sunset from the bow.
Day 3: Lopez Island > San Juan Island You've landed in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals - and it's also orca territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Join your expedition team on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans - no two islands are the same. Drop anchor near San Juan Island - the second largest landmass in the archipelago- to explore tide pools and skiff or kayak into hidden coves, as conditions permit.
Day 4: Orcas Island Your Captain navigates through the islands to your basecamp at Orcas Island - for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution - it's the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and has a stunning view of the archipelago. If you're interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs.
Day 5: Sucia Island The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island - total year-round population of four - a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your guides, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there'll even be a barbeque ashore
Day 6: Captain's Choice Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea's rich emerald waters.
Day 7: Olympic National Park Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound - Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You'll be hiking in the Olympic Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And, enjoy the bounty of the sea - a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week's adventures.
Day 8: Seattle - Disembark After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen's Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
• Exclusive activities and shore excursions, presentations • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition and heritage guides. • Meet, greet services, transfers and baggage handling (between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days) • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2018 Departures
Apr 21(O), 28
O = Birding/Ornithology
May 5 Safari Quest Sep 15, 29
Oct 17, 27
Nov 10 2019 Departures Apr 6, 13, 20, 27
Apr 21(O), 28
Theme Departures O = Birding/Ornithology
Booking conditions • Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate.
• Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25 to USD 35 per person per day.
Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25 to USD 35 per person per day.