We’ve crafted an incredible weeklong adventure to explore the majestic San Juan Islands aboard your private luxury yacht, Pacific Yellowfin. The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. Horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, one of the main isles, is home to Moran State Park’s old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park, an orca-whale lookout.
You’ll depart from Anacortes Island. Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island, in the Pacific Northwest. It is conveniently situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC and is the destination point for the San Juan Islands and International ferry runs. You’ll find casual cafes to elegant dining, quirky to sophisticated shopping, art galleries to antique shops and unique accommodations.
Day 1: Anacortes to Lopez Island
You’ll start with a leisurely cruise from Anacortes to the 130-acre Spencer Spit State Park. Located on Lopez Island there are several places to moor here. The park has an excellent reputation for crabbing and clamming, and also is a good location for a short hike.
Day 2: Lopez Island to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Friday Harbor is a popular tourist destination, the island community offers one of the best spots for heading ashore to shop and dine. The restaurants range from fine dining experiences to ice cream parlors.
Day 3: Friday Harbor to Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
Roche Harbor is one of the most picturesque places on San Juan Island, so make sure that you’re prepared to take some photos. Once a trading post for Hudson’s Bay Company, nowadays this is a must-see destination for yachters, and there’s also a sunset flag ceremony you’ll want to attend.
Day 4: Roche Harbour to Reid Harbor, Stuart Island
Reid Harbor offers plenty of mooring buoys and floats within 360 degrees of protection from the wind. This is a nice stop to kayak along the shoreline and go to shore for a hike around the island.
Day 5: Reid Harbour to Sucia Island
Sucia Island is said to be the number 1 park in the San Juan Islands, so you’ll want to head to shore early so that you can do all the exploring that you need to ahead of others. You can explore all of the island’s bays, whether you choose to do this on foot or by dinghy. The Sucia Island State Park has 77,700 feet of shoreline ripe for exploring.
Day 6: Sucia Island to Rosario Resort , Orcas Island
Orcas is the largest of the San Juan Islands, home of Mount Constitution, and is also having quite a food moment right now, one of the reasons it landed on the 2019 52 Places to Go list. For some great dining on shore, head to Hogstone’s for farm-to-table, wood-fired pizza or The Loft at Madrona for fresh seafood, killer views and craft cocktails. Still, you’d be remiss to skip classics like Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, where you pick (and shuck) your own oysters, washed down with a cold beer.
At the foot of Mount Constitution on the horseshoe shaped Orcas Island, lies Rosario Resort, which used to be a mansion owned by Seattle shipbuilder, Robert Moran. The resort comes complete with island history, fine dining, an outdoor pool and spa, surrounded by rugged landscape. This is a great spot to enjoy a relaxing evening.
Day 7: Rosario Resort to Hunter Bay, Lopez Island
Work your way through the San Juan Islands in to Lopez Sound, and find a quiet anchorage at Hunter Bay. This is an ideal place to catch crab for your dinner and enjoy a tranquil evening for the last night of your charter.
Day 8: Hunter Bay back to Anacortes
A short cruise back to base will take you past both Cypress Island and Guemes Island for your final helping of sailing scenery, before disembarking.
San Juan’s Wildflife
In addition to taking in the beauty of the San Juan Islands, you’ll also witness the wildlife such as orca whales, red and black foxes, black bears, sea lions, river otters and eagles.
Your Yacht – Pacific Yellowfin
We’ve chosen the luxury super yacht Pacific Yellowfin and her crew of 5 to give you an amazing experience and satisfy all your needs. Pacific Yellowfin’s 114ft offers accommodation for 12 guests in 4 cabins consisting of a master stateroom located on the deck with a queen size bed and a single bed and bathroom facilities including a shower and lavatory. Further guest accommodation is also available in another 3 cabins. Pacific Yellowfin also has separate accommodates for up to 5 crew on-board to ensure you have a relaxed luxurious charter experience and all of your needs are catered for while on board. This classic motor yacht was launched by Billings Shipyard in 1943 and comes with an extensive list of amenities and toys for you pleasure.
Colin Griffinson (Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland) is captain and co-owner of the Pacific Yellowfin with his wife. Colin delivers unique luxurious private yacht cruises along the BC coast. His love of the water started in childhood in Dublin’s busy DunLaoighre Harbour. From his early experience on fishing trawlers in the North and Irish seas to his first boat, a 72-foot seiner, his passion for boats has spanned more than five decades. Colin has cruised the BC coast for more than twenty years and his love of the sea and interest in people make him incredibly knowledgeable of all fishing hot spots, beautiful hikes and secret waterfalls. Numerous guests have commented on Colin’s sense of humor and storytelling abilities, with “kids” of all ages enjoying his tales. His mastery over Pacific Yellowfin makes our guests feel utterly safe. When he’s not working in his Vancouver-based painting and decorating company, Colin can often be found tinkering aboard the Pacific Yellowfin, having a Guinness or our own Pacific Yellowfin Ale.
Ben Barter (Birthplace: Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) is the charismatic Red Seal Chef, Sommelier and local Island boy. Growing up on Salt Spring Island on the coast of BC, Ben has always been surrounded by the ocean, farms and amazing wildlife. These three things have influenced all aspects of his life, from becoming a Chef to traveling the world. Having spent over 10 years in the restaurant and catering businesses, Ben has found his niche at Pacific Yellowfin to indulge his local, farm-to-table passions.
Pacific Yellowfin’s weekly charter rate is $98,200. Of course, we are happy to modify the itinerary or offer another yacht for charter.