What Activities can you do in the San Juan Islands

San Juan OrcasWhether you are visiting the San Juan Islands to visit friends, make family memories, find some solitude and tranquility or attend a wedding you must enjoy all the time you can on a boat. Using a boat is a great way to see the islands and relax. Some activities you can enjoy while boating are:

Whale and Wildlife Watching

There are so my possibilities to see wildlife in the islands. Seeing an Orca in the wild is one of those unforgettable experiences that you will remember forever. Most of the whales seen on the islands are typically seen during mid-April to early October but some are seen all year. There are so many different whale watching tours to pick from. On your tour you may not just see Orcas but other whales species including Gray, Minke and Humpback. You may also see seals, otters, sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles, and other seabirds.


While your visiting the islands you may also want to spend some time fishing. Enjoy fishing for Salmon, Cod, Dungeness crab and many more. Spend a nice day on the water relaxing with friends and fishing, then prepare what you catch for the perfect meal.


Many people visit the San Juan islands because of the interesting topography it offers for photographs.  Taking pictures on and around the islands can really yield some memorable photos for you to enjoy for years to come. You can capture images of wildlife in their natural habitat, breathtaking views of the ocean, and the rocky coastline. In fact, many couples decide that the islands are the ideal destination for the perfect wedding. The lush green islands, tall trees, mountain views, and sweeping views of the ocean provide a background like no other. Often times a couple will hire a Seattle wedding photographer just for the occasion. Regardless of the type of photos you take and if taking pictures is a hobby or your profession the San Juan islands are a great destination to add to your list for boating and photography.

Why the San Juan Islands are Perfect for you Wedding

San Juan WeddingIf I was do my wedding over again I would get married on the San Juan Islands. This is because I am a passionate lover of water and the islands. Many years ago I attended my aunts wedding on her sailboat outside of Friday Harbor and it was a magical, unique experience. It consisted of her close friend as the officiant, a Maid of Honor, myself who filled many roles and of course their dog who was the flower girl. Now not everyone wants to get married on their boat, but seeing her walk down the dock and then sail into the sunset as she said her vows was an incredible experience. Whether your looking for an unique wedding with just a few close friends on your beloved sailboat or a larger engagement that you imagined since you were little with the perfect cake, flowers, and an amazing view, the San Juan islands are the best destination for your wedding. The views are unforgettable and your guests will no doubt leave with a vivid memory of how wonderful the wedding was.

If you are shortly going to be getting married and are considering the San Juan islands first decide how big your wedding is going to be and if your going to have a theme and then you can search for the best venue on the islands. After you find the venue that fits your needs then you can figure out the food, flowers, decorations, and all of the other details. One of the most important decisions on your wedding day is the photography. It is one of the most important because the images you capture on your special day will remain for years to come while the food, party favors, and other decorations will be forgotten in time. There are so many great photographers in the area, however many couples will look outside of the islands to find one that is best for them. Many couples will hire a Seattle wedding photographer to have them be apart of the wedding day. Make this day not only one you remember but your friends and family cherish as well. Have it in a place you can come back to celebrate anniversaries to come whether you hang out at the quaint harbors, enjoy whale watching, boating or just relax.¬† The San Juan’s islands has it all.

What Boats are Best for the San Juan Islands

Sailboat San JuansWhen it comes to getting into the water in the San Juan islands a boater has several hundred options to choose from. For the sake of simplicity I will not go into all of the different sub categories of boats due to the vast and extensive nature of the different boat types. However I will focus on the general categories that you will often see around the San Juan islands.


Sailboats are frequently seen around the San Juan islands as their is ample room to navigate the boat. Sailboats use large canvas fabric to catch the winds which is then used to guide the boat around the water. Sail boats come in many different sizes of length and are also measured in terms of their sail. The larger the sail and mast that holds it the larger the boat. Operating a sail boat can be very invigorating  because you are able to move freely with the winds and water. It is a very powerful sensation. The downside of a sailboat is that you have to a considerable focus and attention to detail because the winds and currents can change which means you could be moved off course. Most sail boats are equipped with a motor in case you need it.

Power Boats

A power boat is a boat that uses a fuel powered engine to move the boast across the water with different degrees of speed. Like sailboats, power boats come in many different sizes of engine and length of boat. Typically, the longer and larger the boat the larger and more powerful the motor on board. This type of boat is very effective and effiencent in terms of how it move across the water. Also, the movements can be very nimble in the water making it easier to dock the boat when not in use and move around tough spots in the water. The potential negatives to consider when opperating this type of boat is the frequent expense of fueling the boat prior to use and the loud nature of the motor. The sailboat is nice because it is quite and provides an element of serenity while on it, but the power boat is more about getting to your destination quickly.

Self Powered Boats

These types of boats are powered by you. This would be a raft, kayak or canoe. These types of boats provide many positives to them. They are the most cost effective to purchase or rent as well as maintain. Power boats and sailboats need a great deal of maintenance to ensure they are safe and effective in the water, and these self powered boats do not need much. They do not need fuel or the intense focus like sailboats. The negatives that come with these types of water craft is that they are self powered and as such rely on the user to ensure it is moving at a good pace. They are also not at suited for deeper water and are more effective near the shore.

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