Pacific Northwest Experience Guide
Over 400 islands dot the 7,000-square-miles of the winding, reaching Salish Sea. With no mind to borders, this interwoven marine system (with depths over 600 meters in places) connects inlets, channels, and fjords of British Columbia and Washington State.
And Mother Nature did well. The moisture-rich, moderate climate heartily nurtures the region’s flora and fauna. More than 200 species of fish and 100 species of birds nest in towering trees, boggy marshes, and coastal nooks and crannies; and numerous marine mammals live in or migrate seasonally to these waters.
Join the ranks of hefty black bears, wily chipmunks and flying squirrels, and nearly 40 mammal species exploring windswept beaches, pastoral island meadows, and massive old-growth forests on our coastal Washington or British Columbia adventure cruises.
In the Pacific Northwest, spring bustles! Meltwaters from coastal ranges cause waterfalls to thunder. Rhododendron and tulips bloom alongside trillium and currants. Fall is rich with the glow of red-orange-yellow foliage. And migrating birds pass through along the Pacific Flyway during both seasons.
Locals often tease, if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes—and they’re often right! While each season offers different and unique conditions, we unquestionably believe our home region is gorgeous every month of the year!
Pacific Northwest Travel FAQs
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Q. Do you have specific arrival and departure guidelines I should follow when making my travel plans?
Yes! View our recommending arrival & departure times by clicking here.
Q. Can I scuba dive? What about snorkeling?
Scuba diving is not permitted from our vessels and there are no scuba diving opportunities on either itinerary.
Snorkeling gear including wetsuits is available for a small fee aboard the Wilderness Discoverer on coastal Washington cruises. If conditions permit, snorkel in search of colorful anemone, octopus, and other marine life.
Q. Will I see whales?
Whales are always a possibility. Various species tend to migrate through the Salish Sea in the spring, summer, and fall months, but there are three resident pods of orcas in the San Juan Islands, so there is a chance that you may see some on your trip.
BRITISH COLUMBIA'S YACHTERS' PARADISE:
Q. How much free time do we have in Victoria?
On our British Columbia cruise, you’ll clear customs in Victoria and then enjoy High Tea at the Empress Hotel. After, you’ll have roughly a half day to explore this charming city—visiting a museum or browsing charming shops.
Important Notice - if you're traveling with minors, take note of special entry requirements. Click here for more details.
|Itinerary Name||British Columbia's Yachters' Paradise||Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands|
|Duration||7 Nights||7 Nights|
|Begin/End Points||Roundtrip Seattle, WA||Roundtrip Seattle, WA|
Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in Princess Louisa Inlet, Buccaneer Bay, and Jervis Inlet
Search for orca whales, eagles, and Dall’s porpoise
High Tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel
Visit the Whale Museum in quaint Friday Harbor
Casual beachcombing and guided nature walks
Cruise the Seattle waterfront
Gunkholing in a yachters’ paradise
Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise the Seattle waterfront
Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels
Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, Washington State parks, and Mt. Constitution
Watch for gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
Uncover Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest
Oyster and clam tasting hosted by local growers