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Destination: San Juan Islands

Join us in San Juan Islands for the fall of 2023. This will be round two of Whalenerds Weekend! Included are three days of whale watching and a dinner / cocktail hour and lecture night. The beautiful forests on the islands of the Salish Sea provide an incredible backdrop as we enjoy a variety of wildlife. The trip will take place October 20, 21, and 22 of 2023.

Join us as we search for killer whales, humpbacks, dolphins, stellar sea lions, birds and more! Enjoy wildlife with the beautiful scenery of the islands and forests of the pacific northwest. Tickets are $1750 per person for this three day event. Scroll for more info about what is included.

Itinerary for Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA

October 20th, 2023

12pm Departure - (6hrs)

Lunch & snacks on board

6pm Return to the dock

Dinner on your own

October 21st, 2023

Breakfast on your own

8:30am check in

9am departure

Lunch & snacks on board

3pm return to the dock

6pm Cocktail / Social Hour & Dinner - San Juan Island Yacht Club

7:30pm Lecture with Monika Wieland Shields - Orca Behavior Institute

October 22nd, 2023

7:30am check in

8am departure

Light breakfast, lunch, & snacks on board

2pm return to the dock

Other Notes

This is a weather dependent activity. We have rainy day plans for the entire weekend in case of foul weather conditions preventing us from going out on the boat. Sea conditions are very dynamic and change very quickly. Your safety always comes first when making decisions about the vessel trips.

What is included

We will be providing lunch and snacks on the boat on October 21st. We will be providing lunch and snacks on the boat and dinner for the lecture on October 22nd. We will be providing light breakfast, lunch and snacks on the boat on October 23rd. If you have any dietary restrictions, requests, or food allergies, please indicate that during booking and we will follow up with you via email. We will also be giving each guest a small welcome gift with whalenerds merchandise and a photo package from the full weekend sent via email at the conclusion of the event.

What is NOT included

We will not be providing hotel accommodations or transportation for this event.

If you are flying in for this event we recommend flying in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From Sea-Tac there are several options to get to San Juan Island.

Washington State Ferry:

The Washington State Ferry offers service for cars and foot passengers from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. If you choose to drive, it takes about two hours to get from Seattle to Anacortes. The ferry ride itself is a little over an hour long and there are multiple departure times throughout the day. Make sure you check the most current sailing schedule and make reservations for your car as early as possible. Walk-on passengers do not need reservations.

By Plane:

The fastest way to get here is on a commuter plane or float plane with a company like Friday Harbor Sea Planes, which offer one way and round trip flights to Friday Harbor. It is a quick, gorgeous 25-30 minute flight up through Puget Sound and the islands. Flights are also available from other mainland and Vancouver Island locations by regional operators such as Kenmore Air, San Juan Airlines, Westwind Aviation and Rite Bros.

Here are a few options for accommodations:

Discovery Inn


Orca Inn


Friday Harbor House


You are also welcome to look into short term / vacation rentals.

If you are not renting a car you can arrange transportation with:

Taxi / Van Service


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