1: Anacortes to Lopez Island
Anacortes is located
on Fidalgo Island which is the easternmost of the San Juan Islands and a
staging point to the rest of the archipelago. Fidalgo has the benefit of
being a drive-to island and is accessible by bridges from the east and
from Whidbey Island to the south. It is also home to the Washington
State Ferry terminal, serving the rest of the San Juan’s and Sidney /
Anacortes boasts a huge amount of recreational activities for all ages,
interests and skill levels. Here you can enjoy sailing, power boating,
whale watching, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, camping, sport
fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, beach combing and much more.
Our first day would take
us from Anacortes to Spencer Spit State Park. This 130 acre park on
Lopez Island hosts a huge amount of both sea and wildlife and catching
your own dinner that evening with the help from our experienced
crewmembers and a little luck should be a real possibility!
- Cruising distance 12
2: Victoria B.C.
The following day a
good three to four hour sail gets you to the provincial capital in time
to begin exploring. I would recommend mooring in front of the Empress
Hotel allowing easy access to the city and hotel facilities. Afternoon
tea, gourmet restaurants, duty free shops, bag-pipers, and world-class
museums are the attractions of the area.
- Cruising distance 24 Miles
3: Roche Harbor
A leisurely morning in Victoria is suggested before lifting anchor and
setting your course around Discovery Island and north to Roche Harbor.
Roche Harbor is a really special place and a night here in the world
renowned Marina would be highly recommended. Every evening in the
summer time there is the traditional "Colors Ceremony" where the
British, Canadian and U.S. flags are lowered to the sounds of each
national anthem followed loud shot from the village cannon!
distance 25 Miles
4: Reid Harbor
Just a short sail
today taking us to this large and well-protected anchorage is just north
of Roche. En route, watch for the abundant Orca whale pods that frequent
this area especially in the spring and early summer. Stuart Island,
which surrounds this harbor, has terrific hiking trails with views
across the shipping lanes.
- Cruising distance 5 Miles
5: Friday Harbor
From here we travel to the “capitol" of the San Juan’s. The town enjoys
gourmet grocery stores, restaurants and shops of every variety. In
addition the area hosts all of the expected outdoor activities of the
- Cruising distance 12 Miles
6: Hunter Bay
From Friday Harbor we
travel through the San Juan’s into Lopez Sound to a quiet anchorage at
Hunter Bay for a peaceful evening "on the hook" or a mooring buoy.
- Cruising distance14 Miles
7: Return to Anacortes
The final day return
to Anacortes offers breathtaking views of the beautiful snow capped Mt.
Baker in the distance.
- Cruising distance 12 Miles
Itinerary by COCONUT's Captain Daniel Wise