Recreational Activities



Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties

Bellingham Bay Sailing

Have a sailing experience in a lighthearted environment aboard a 34-foot sailing sloop. Design your excursion choosing a sunset cruise, day cruise, multi-day skippered charter or a sailing course with knowledgeable staff. Located at: 355 Harris Ave. - Bellingham Cruise Terminal. For more information, please call (360) 393-9160 or visit:

Gato Verde Adventure Sailing

Provides clients of all ages and with all abilities a unique outdoor adventure. Offers customized, educational or carefree skippered charters lasting from 2-7 days aboard the comfortable and efficient 42-foot catamaran, the “Gato Verde.” Accommodates 12, or 9 for overnights. Located at: 1842 Governor Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. For more information, please call: (360) 220-3215 or visit:

Island Mariner Cruises

“Guaranteed” nature watch/whale search cruises departing from Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor. Runs June through mid-September. Departs at 10am, call for reservations. Historic Bellingham Bay cruises are Thursday evenings late June - mid Aug. Private charters available. Located at: #5 Squalicum Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information and reservations, please call (877) 734-8866, (360) 734-8866 or visit:

Mystic Sea Charters

The 100-foot Mystic Sea offers 5-6 hour cruises. View the San Juan Islands, marine wildlife and search for Orca whales. Naturalist on board and an underwater TV camera. Departs daily at 11am late May - Aug. Discounted Spring/Fall rates. Private evening charters available for groups up to 75 people. Will pick up at other ports of call. Located at: Cap Sante Marina, Dock A, 819 Commercial Ave. #E, Anacortes, WA. For more information, please call: (800) 308-9387, (360) 588-8000 or visit:

Northwest Navigation Co, Inc.


Cruise the San Juan Islands or Alaska aboard the historic 1929 motor vessel David B. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Trips are fully crewed, feature gourmet meals, private cabins and are limited to just 6 guests. Located at: PO Box 143, Bellingham, WA 98227. For more information, please call: (877) 670-7863 or visit:

Paraclete Charter Service, Inc.

Offers charter service throughout the San Juan Archipelago 24 hours a day. The fleet of three vessels meets a variety of customer needs. They can stop at secluded beaches, resorts, and they offer custom packaged tours. The largest vessel holds 64 people. Located at: Skyline Marina, Anacortes, WA. For more information, please call: (800) 808-2999, (360) 293-5920 or visit:

Rosy Custom Cruises

Cruise local waters aboard Rosy a 36-foot cruiser which takes up to six passengers. Comfortable, safe and affordable cruises. She’s outfitted with stabilizers and all-weather seating and viewing. The skipper is Coast Guard licensed with 24 years of experience operating commercial vessels. Located at: Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham, WA. For more information, please call (360) 676-0740, cell: (360) 201-9231or visit:

Sail Away

Sail away on this 50-foot wooden-hulled classic. Usually departing from scenic Lummi Island, the Captain offers day, overnight and sunset sails in the San Juan Islands. The “Happy Talk” takes up to six passengers and features a spacious salon with giant windows. Customize your adventure. Located at: Lummi Island, WA. For more information, please call: (360) 305-0835 or visit:

Sail The San Juans

Offers 6-day “fully crewed” charters (no day trips) in the San Juan Islands and 13-day wilderness trips up the Inside Passage in Canada. Sail aboard a magnificent Catalina 50 that comfortably accommodates up to 6 guests in private staterooms. Your hosts are Coast Guard licensed Captain Jon Baker and cuisine by Chef Jeannette. Amenities include use of an ocean kayak and a 13’ sport boat. Season: April-Oct. Located at: PO Box 5186, Bellingham, WA 98227-5186. For more information please call: (800) 729-3207, (360) 671-5852 or visit:, E-mail:

San Juan Island Commuter

Offers a daily foot-passenger cruise mid-May through Labor Day to Orcas Island and historic Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The Island Commuter vessel comfortably seats 66 passengers and has a top viewing deck. During the layover enjoy the attractions of Friday Harbor, or climb back on board for a 3 1/2-hour whale watch cruise from 1-4:30pm.Located at: 355 Harris Ave. #104 - Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information, please call: (888) 734-8180, (360) 734-8180 or visit:

Victoria-San Juan Cruises

From mid May through September, the Victoria Star II makes daily round-trip excursions to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The cruise takes you through the San Juan Islands. Departs Bellingham at 9am and Victoria at 5pm. Overnight packages available. The return trip includes salmon & chicken dinner. Special event sailings for private groups. Located at: 355 Harris Ave. #104 - Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information, please call: (800) 443-4552, (360) 738-8099 or visit

Viking Star - Special Event Charters

The Viking Star is a 60-foot motor yacht which accommodates 49 passengers / 36 for a “dinner” seating. The vessel has large viewing windows and ample outside deck space. Book weddings, celebrations or business events for one hour up to a full-day cruise. Located at: 355 Harris Ave., #104, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information please call: (360) 738-8099, (800) 443-4552 or visit:

Waypoint Charters

Waypoint is a worldwide broker that helps people find and plan boating vacations. Locally, they more than 20 companies offering crewed or bareboat yachts and sailboats. They will plan “assessable” cruises for disabled individuals. Located in: Bellingham, WA. For more information, please call: (360) 656-5934 or visit:

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