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Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Seattle, Washington

From: $2,495

Season: April-May, September-November

Activities: Kayaking, Wildlife

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UnCruise Adventures

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.

Included Highlights

  • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise the Seattle waterfront
  • Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels
  • Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution
  • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
  • Birding opportunities
  • Taste local oysters and clams

The crew was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and attentive to our needs. The crew more than any other factor was responsible for making this cruise the most enjoyable for me.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

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 / Deception 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. When kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. 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 or to your UnCruise overnight hotel stay.

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.

Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Dates Mariner Commander Captain Single Charter
Oct 5, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Oct 12, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Oct 19, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Oct 26, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Nov 2, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Nov 9, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Nov 16, 2019 $4,295 $5,295 $5,695 $5,295 $104,395
Apr 4, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
Apr 11, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
Apr 18, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
Apr 25, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
May 2, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
May 9, 2020 $4,395 $5,595 $6,295 $5,595 $111,095
Sep 12, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Sep 19, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Sep 26, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Oct 3, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Oct 10, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Oct 17, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Oct 24, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Oct 31, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Nov 7, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295
Nov 14, 2020 $4,595 $5,795 $6,495 $5,795 $115,295

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other staterooms (except Single) are available at 175% of double occupancy rate (refer to deckplan). Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 60 guests.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All onboard meals
  • Premium spirits, wine, and beer
  • Exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat
  • Taxes and port fees
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • Hot tub and sauna

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city


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