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Wildlife of the San Juan Islands-Diana McPherson

October 14 - October 17


Wildlife of the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Washington

This 3-night, 2.5-day tour will provide numerous photo opportunities for orcas, gray whales, bald eagles, seals, foxes, and more. We’ll venture out into the Salish Sea by sailboat. Sailing is a great way to explore the Salish Sea because it provides a close and intimate experience with nature. Plus it’s really fun. We’ll also be looking for wildlife to photograph by kayak as well as from shore.

Thursday: Arrive Friday Harbor afternoon/evening by ferry or plane. *see note below* Pick up dinner on your way to the Lake House where we’ll get to know each other better by the fire pit and review photography tips for photographing on a boat and we’ll watch a short powerpoint on the various animals that we may see.

Friday: After we’ve grabbed breakfast in town (or in the kitchen) on our own, we’ll set sail with Capt. Dave for a full day of viewing and photographing a variety of wildlife around San Juan Island. Lunch is included. Sailing route will depend on weather.
Grab dinner on your own at a restaurant or bring it back to enjoy by the fire pit overlooking the lake.

Saturday: After breakfast, we’ll head over to the Whale Museum to begin a presentation on Marine Mammal Acoustics. After a tour of the museum, the presentation will continue at Lime Kiln Lighthouse (a.k.a. Whale Watch park) where we can listen for orcas and other marine mammals that may be in the area and get a tour of the lighthouse. We’ll enjoy some lunch while we watch for whales and orcas from the rugged shoreline overlooking Haro Strait. There are also hiking trails with brilliant red Madrona trees.

Saturday evening: After looking for whales from the shoreline, we’ll venture out for a 3.5-4 hr kayak trip to enjoy the magnificent colors of the sun setting behind the Canadian Gulf Islands. And we’ll always be on the lookout for orcas.

Grab dinner on your own at a restaurant or bring it back to enjoy by the fire pit overlooking the lake.

Sunday: We’ll head out early to the south end of the island to photograph the red foxes for 2-3 hours. There will be time to return to the lake house to finish packing and check out at 11. We’ll then return to Friday Harbor for lunch on your own and your afternoon/evening ferry/flight. Depending on your return ferry/flight time, you should have some time to explore the local shops.

There is a minimum of 3 people required for this trip
with a maximum of 5 people.

$1,200 (+ tax) per person

$500 deposit due by August 6th.
Balance due by September 24th.
Cancellation fee $100

Food note – The Lake House has a full kitchen. You are welcome to bring your own foods. Since we are a small group, I’m considering making large crockpot dinner(s) so we can have more time to explore and photograph and also have time to review and share the day’s images.

The best way to get to Friday Harbor is by ferry from Anacortes (reservations required if you’re bringing your car –
It is possible to fly there from Seattle/Lake Union. R/T fights are approximately $350.


October 14
October 17
Event Category:


Diana McPherson


USA States/Territories
Type of Event
On Location

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