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A Day On The Water in the San Juan Islands

San Juan Island Sunset from Ferry

Are you ready for episode 2? I had so much fun exploring the island over the past week! I have so much to share. Thanks for coming back to read about my next adventure. If this is your first time reading about “Caylie’s Travels,” welcome aboard!

The Harbor, the perfect opportunity for me to explore my new home and help you plan your next vacation on San Juan Island!


Many locals recommended that I needed to get out on the water as I came to the island by seaplane. Upon leaving the plane, I was on the water for a brief moment. That wasn’t enough. The water was calling my name. So this week, I got out on the water and went whale watching! On a quiet calm Monday, I had the chance to go whale watching with San Juan Safaris! What a perfect way to spend my day off!

My tour started at noon and lasted 3 to 4 hours, but so worth every moment. The weather was cool and even cooler once we got out of the harbor. Warm layers and snacks were recommended and very important! I wore a sweatshirt, long sleeve windbreaker, thermal running pants, plus wool hiking socks and was still a little chilly. Along with my coffee from Crow’s Nest which helped warm me plus a quick grab ‘n’ go lunch from King’s Market, I felt more than ready for my 3 hour cruise and whatever the afternoon had in store!

Our group of 20 passengers, 2 naturalists, and captain came from all over the world. I met folks from Minnesota, New York, Colorado, Australia, and British Columbia! Plus, you had the lone Michigander, me!

The plan was to head north toward British Columbia. The plan changes every day based on the paths of the whales. Initially, I expected to see only Orca Whales, but there was so much more wildlife than that. I saw not only Orcas but Minke whales, bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and seals! It is truly something special, when you get to see animals in their natural habits. One of the naturalists from San Juan Safaris did a whale report on what we saw that day as well.


So far, this is probably one of my favorite days since I have been on the island, besides when I am working. If you seriously want to explore and have a wildlife adventure, San Juan Safaris is my first choice. Thanks guys for a great day!

Besides my trip north to enjoy time with the whales; I went east on the Washington State Ferry exploring the inter –island ferry route. I call this my sunset ride to nowhere. You see, I had no intention of getting off the ferry; I just wanted to see the different islands for reconnaissance for future trips.

I must say, the ride was beautiful. When I was standing out on the promenade, I was blown away by the wonder and mystery of all the islands. It’s one thing to get an aerial shot from the plane, but moving by water is something special. And there are so many more places to visit! There’s 172 islands that are part of the San Juan Island archipelago and we passed quite a few during our trip. We also stopped at the 4 ferry served islands – Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Island, all of which, I plan to visit!


Washington State Ferries operates the largest fleet of ferries in the United States and offers daily service up and down the Puget Sound. You can travel with a car, bicycle or as a foot passenger, like I did. The cabin had brochures and handouts from many surrounding communities giving me a life time of trip planning ideas. How could I contain my excitement? So back to my trip planning so we can enjoy more travels together.


I can’t wait to see what fun things that I do next!

Until next time,

Caylie’s Travels; Episode 2; A Day on the Water in the San Juan Islands


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