Salty Dayz Adventures conducts 3 hour private sightseeing cruises, wedding photography venue cruises and custom cruises around Seattle on a 1952 58’ wooden expedition yacht, JoAhna K. With summer on the horizon, Salty Dayz Adventures captain and crew took the JoAhna K to the San Juan Islands for two weeks testing out overnight adventure cruises.
The JoAhna K is equipped with 4 staterooms, 3 bathrooms, and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space. With 800 gallons of fresh water on board 3,000 gallons of gas, an adventure cruise is right up the JoAhna K’s ally. Salty Dayz Adventures is always excited to utilize the wooden yacht to her full abilities.
Picking up guests in Anacortes and heading out through the Rosario Strait and over to Lopez Island. Anchoring in Barlow Bay, just past Iceberg point, the skiff was launched and guests were taken in to explore the island. Walking through the forests, looking for heart rocks on the beaches and watching the bald eagles overhead. The sunset on the first night of the Salty Dayz Adventure San Juan Island cruise was spectacular. Dancing purples and reds hitting the glass like water. Guests and crew took in the views while having dinner on the aft deck followed by a fire in the on deck fireplace. The perfect first day.
Day two of the Salty Dayz Adventures San Juan Island cruise took the JoAhna K to Rosario Resort. The journey of 14 miles took about 2 hours going by what is known as Sea Lion Rock. With over 30 sea lions resting and swimming it made for quite the site. The JoAhna K is smaller than the average ferry or cruise ship and is able to go through narrow passages with epic cliffs and Pacific Northwest forest all around. No guest wanted to stay inside while underway to Rosario Resort located on Orcas Island.
The JoAhna K dropped anchor just offshore from the resort and passengers were skiffed into the dock. Crew and guests explored the classic old resort. Rosario was originally built in 1906 by Seattle Shipbuilder and Mayor Robert Moran, as a mansion. Inside the current resort, guests toured the museum which still holds original photographs from the late 1800's and early 1900's, original furnishings and fixtures, and an extensive display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle.
Guests returned to the JoAhna K for happy hour from the on board professional bartender. Fresh squeezed greyhounds and a charcuterie board, enjoyed on the upper deck with views of the beautiful resort and cascading forest of Orcas Island.
Day 3 of the Salty Dayz Adventures San Juan Island private cruise took the guests to Jones Island. Jones Island Marine State Park is a particular favorite of the Salty Dayz Adventures crew. Anchoring in the north cove paints the perfect backdrop of a Pacific Northwest vacation. There are different hikes to choose from on the island, all providing deep forest and ocean views. The orchard on the south side of the island was in full spring bloom and with the sun hitting it just right made for a magical place to have a picnic lunch. The group viewed orca whales pass by the island while enjoying dinner on the aft deck. A spectacular site.
Day 4 of the Salty Dayz Adventures San Juan Island private cruise started off with a hike on Jones island, breakfast and a quick 1 hour boat ride to the other side of San Juan Island - Friday Harbor. The JoAhna K docked at the harbor and guests had the afternoon to explore the quaint little town of Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor offers wonderful restaurants, a unique whale museum, hundreds of cool boats to look at and fun boutique shopping.
A sea plane picked guests up to take them back to Seattle from just down the dock from where the JoAhna K was. What a convenience. With 4 full days of exploring, relaxing and making memories guests returned home with smiles on their faces. Salty Dayz Adventures captain and crew took the JoAhna K back to Anacortes to start another private adventure cruise.
Salty Dayz Adventures is working on making San Juan Island private adventure overnight cruises part of their permanent offerings, but for now you can get a taste of boat life through one of their Seattle private boat cruise offerings!