Our San Juan Islands Getaway trips aboard the Motor Vessel David B are 3-day and 2-night trips. They are designed to let people explore the San Juan Islands in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. These trips start in Bellingham, Washington on a Friday morning and return back to Bellingham on a Sunday evening.
Each Weekend Getaway is fully crewed with private accommodations and is limited to just eight guests. The following sample itinerary is subject to change depending upon the weather and the location of the local orca whales.
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A stop by Jones Island is always a treat. In this video, we share the trail with a friendly young deer.
Sample Itinerary for a Weekend Getaway Cruise
Day 1- Bellingham to Sucia Island:
Board the David B in Bellingham on Friday morning. Passengers are given time to stow their belongings before gathering with the crew for an orientation of the boat and safety meeting. Approximately 10am the boat will leave the harbor and cruise through Bellingham Bay and Rosario Strait to Sucia Island State Park. Once anchored at Sucia the crew can take people ashore for a walk along some of the trails that run the length of Sucia. Others might elect to stay aboard and enjoy some appetizers.
Day 2 – Sucia Island to Roche Harbor and Garrison Bay
The first full day starts with coffee and muffins at 7:00 am. After some breakfast, everyone is encouraged to go for a walk around Sucia. Native plants, a sunken forest and fossils are some of the highlights of Sucia Island. After the walkers have returned, the boat gets underway from Sucia to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Roche Harbor has a number of activities to enjoy such as the Westcott Bay Sculpture Garden and Nature Preserve. Once everyone is back on board we head over to Garrison Bay and English Camp. As soon as the boat has anchored anyone wishing to kayak or hike will have plenty of time to do so before dinner.
Day 3 – Garrison Bay to Bellingham
On Sunday morning there will be time for people to take a hike in the morning to the top of Mt. Young. This is a 3 mile round trip with a 650 foot gain in elevation. It is an easy walk on a well-maintained trail with a fabulous view of the San Juans. Once everyone is back on the boat, lunch will be served and then we will head back through the San Juan Islands to Bellingham. We will choose our route depending upon the location of the orca whales and, with time permitting, we will try to spend time with the whales if they are within our range.