Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Despite the buzz it’s currently generating, the concept of at-sea #weddings is not something new. In fact, it has been a part of maritime history, with tales of sea captains performing marriages on decks of ships. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2ylODsL
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Weddings are special events that you want to remember forever. And for an adventurous couple who are seeking to tie the knot in a truly unique and memorable setting consider having your ceremony on a San Juan Island charter. Not only are they dramatically beautiful, but they let everyone experience something bigger than themselves. These events can go perfectly if you plan ahead.
Bring Plenty of Refreshment
If you take one of these voyages during the summer, it can be rather warm. That’s why it’s so important that everyone has plenty to drink during the wedding. Below decks, most charters have plenty of storage options for keeping drinks cool. They’ll be ready to go the moment your guests and family arrive. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2wp0O7d
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Too few people seize the opportunity to inhale the aura surrounding the San Juan Islands from the deck of a classic wooden schooner. Known for lush Pacific Northwest landscapes and plentiful sealife, the San Juans offer a breathtaking experience for anyone willing to get on board.
Not only will you see the many splendid isles, dotted with vibrant seaside towns, but you will also marvel at a rich population of marine life. Such indulgences, however, are best experienced when you are equipped with some knowledge about sailing and the islands.
What Type of Guidebook Will Serve You Best?
If you’re chartering the San Juans for the first time, do some homework on the environment of these jewels on the Salish Sea. Just a bit of knowledge will enrich what you are seeing and heighten what to expect as you wend through this archipelago. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2wp9oCz
Sunday, July 30, 2017
There comes a time in life when you have to say goodbye to the ones you care most about. Despite these times being hard, the least you can do is celebrate their life and honor them in death with a burial at sea. These ceremonies involve scattering bodily remains into the sea, and they can go smoothly if you hire an experienced schooner charter.
A Majestic Schooner
Throughout history, schooners have played a pivotal role for countries looking for speed, upwind prowess, and versatility. Now, a schooner's graceful lines can play a role in sending your loved one off with grace. The boat’s atmosphere adds a sense of tranquility to the ceremony as winds move the sails back and forth in a gentle motion. This is fitting because no matter how difficult your love one’s life was, they’re finally at peace and one with the earth during this voyage. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2wpr5lG
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The time has finally arrived. You’re about to board a beautifully-restored, wooden schooner to see some of the most panoramic views in the Pacific Northwest—a trip you’ve anticipated for so long. The San Juan Islands offer something for everyone as they provide a great opportunity to enjoy nature and the sea with family or friends.
Majestic Aquatic Life
Not many spectacles compare to seeing a large whale up close and in person. Observe the majestic nature of these creatures, which have existed for millions of years. San Juan Islands serves as summer home to many native whale species, including the humpback whale, killer whale, and gray whale. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2venyb7
Monday, July 24, 2017
There’s no bigger day in your life than the day of your wedding. In the leadup to this momentous event, you find yourself making decision after decision—from the food to serve, to the reception venue, to the guest list, and the floral arrangements.
Subsequently, many newlyweds look forward to their honeymoons as a time to finally unwind after months of planning and stress. Finally, you can find time alone with the love of your life!
Of course, your choice of destination will determine the memorability of your honeymoon. If you’re looking for a sublime location far from the bustle of the city and brimming with the beauty of nature, consider touring the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2vf6Jx6
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Whale watching tours are unique events that give you personal experiences with nature’s most majestic creature: the whale. Whether you’re new to this experience or a well-traveled seaman, these tips ensure you get the most out of these inspiring tours in the San Juan Islands.
Visit Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor is the home of a number of charter services specializing in whale watch tours. But, Friday Harbor itself proves it has earned its international reputation as one of the top island destinations in the world. This historic seaport is completely walkable, featuring many unique restaurants and shops that help you pass the time before and after your whale adventure. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2woKEdP
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Parents aren’t just nurturers and providers—they’re masters at juggling, too. From attending meetings to attending soccer practice, it may seem that you never have enough time to spend with your family.
7If so, perhaps a family vacation is in order. While finding the time may be challenging, research and experience suggests that it has long-lasting benefits to your kids. As a study in the the Journal of Commercial Research suggests, experiences such as vacations can help a child’s growing mind, and have a profound and lasting impact on your kids’ happiness and well being.
One popular family-friendly destination is the San Juan Islands in Washington. A community of about 170 islands, it offers many excellent activities that will create precious memories for your family. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2veAluh
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
When you want to make your wedding truly amazing, nothing really comes close to celebrating your union by the sea or at sea. After all, it makes for a stunning backdrop, giving you one of the most spectacular wedding venues you could ever dream of. Not to mention, the whole experience would be unique and absolutely memorable. Indeed, it would be one wedding that guests would just keep talking about for years to come.
That said, consider booking a wedding cruise for you and your guests. What's more, it is just incredibly romantic. In fact, here are a number of great reasons why wedding island cruises are the way to go:
Your Wedding Photos Will Be Absolutely Stunning
When you choose to have a wedding cruise, you can be sure that your photos would be spectacular and definitely unique. Not to mention, you can do away with standard wedding photos taken at typical ballroom and tent receptions. Instead, there would be lots of naturally amazing backgrounds that you and your guests can use. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2veRm7R
Monday, July 17, 2017
While there is no shortage of blockbuster films to see these days, there’s no grander spectacle than the beauty of nature itself. And when it comes to the marvels of nature, few can match the majesty of whales, the largest oceanic mammals on the planet.
Luckily, you can go whale watching all Summer long and into the Fall in San Juan Islands, a stunning island community in Washington State. It is known as one of the best places to see whales, as it is home to at least 84 orcas. (In fact, another orca was born just this summer.)
Saturday, July 15, 2017
If you're looking to get away from it all for a little while, consider going sailing. It offers you a vacation unlike any other. After all, sailing gives you the unique opportunity to view your world from off the coast. Surrounded by tranquil waters you can easily de-stress and be free from any sort of distraction.
Sailing has also been shown to be incredibly good for you. For starters, the sound of the wind in the sails as well as the splashing and swooshing of water has been found to affect brainwave patterns, soothing it to bring out your inner calm. The saltiness in the sea air also contains some charged ions that help the body absorb more oxygen sea air also contains some charged ions that help the body absorb more oxygen. This in turn, balances your serotonin levels, the very hormones that make you happier. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2woD2rV
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Times sure have changed. According to an article in Time.com, cremation is now outpacing the traditional in-ground burial. In fact, statistics show that about one in two people choose to be cremated instead of being buried.
Because of this massive shift, people are also reconsidering where their loved ones’ final resting place shall be. These days, the idea of destination funerals is becoming more popular. In such memorials, the ashes of the deceased are scattered in a place that holds meaning to them. For instance, a former sea captain, Navy personnel or merchant marine might wish that his ashes be scattered in the ocean.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
There really is no right way to deal with death. You never know how you’re going to react, unfortunately. At least with a burial at sea, you can honor that family member one last time in a majestic and respectable fashion.
The sea is infinite and your loved one’s remains can become one with it. Since these funerals are a little different than traditional proceedings, you may have a few questions about how this process works and its legal aspects.
Can You Ship Ashes?
At times, life can get hectic, and you may not have an hour to spare in the day. This makes it hard for family members trying to get ready for a funeral. Fortunately, with a burial at sea, you can have your loved one’s ashes shipped directly to the charter company. That you won’t have to deal with any unexpected problems with the TSA folks at the airports. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2woUIU6
Thursday, June 29, 2017
While burying your loved one in the sea allows you to say goodbye in a special manner, if you are thinking of a full body burial, it requires careful planning and detailed execution. The spreading of ashes upon the water is far simpler.
In either case, it’s important to keep in mind several reminders to hold a successful, unforgettable burial at sea ceremony reflecting the feelings you and your family have for your deceased loved one. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tXYvcK
Monday, June 26, 2017
The sea creates a distinct intimate touch to the ceremony. People who want to send their loved one off into the sea do so to respect and honor the life they lived. In addition, during the service there are different ways you can cherish and preserve the memories of a loved one. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYzZZ8
Thursday, June 22, 2017
It’s undeniable that whale watching is the highest grossing tourist attraction in the San Juan Islands, with an estimated 500,000 visitors taking part of this activity each year. Its utmost popularity has spurned numerous sets of continuously evolving rules and regulations to address different ecological and environmental concerns about whale watching in San Juan Islands.
Yet, what sets San Juan Islands apart from other tourist destinations is both the predictable summer presence of a community of Orca whales and a commitment to give the whale watching visitors a vivid experience that would spur them to into action to help protect local biodiversity. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sFGJH6
Monday, June 19, 2017
The San Juan islands is a popular spot for whale watching. It has an abundant wildlife of many varieties and three different pods of Orca whales frequenting the area. Spotting these majestic marine animals here is not uncommon, but to make the experience more worthwhile, you have to be a responsible watcher as well. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYtm8V
Thursday, June 15, 2017
If you are planning to commemorate a deceased loved one through a burial at sea, but you are uncertain about what to expect, bone up on the ritual by learning a few quick facts that may dispel any misconceptions you've acquired about the process.
What does burial at sea mean?
It can mean several things to people of differing cultures and communities. For some it calls up the image of a full body burial. For others, it is a solemn scattering of ashes. Both require performing this ceremony in an approved manner. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sFBRlz
But more than just an original and thrilling experience, whale watching is truly a highly educational activity that both adults and children can appreciate. Even if you are not a staunch environmentalist or marine activist sympathizer, you will still value some of these facts about the interesting and endangered Southern Resident orca whales of the Salish Sea.
Get Closer with the Whales’ Safety in Mind
Though there is a certain charm in imagining yourself swimming in the water with the whales, it simply is not possible. Aside from the inherent risks of getting physically close to a whale, experts recommend that we should keep at least a hundred yards distance from these sea mammals as it can potentially disrupt their ecology and may cause enormous stress to the animals. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sF9xjm
It is tempting to think you can explore every interesting nook that the islands offer in one visit, it will be more practical to create a plausible itinerary for your San Juan Islands cruises to fully maximize the vacation days spent on this beautiful archipelago.
Whether you plan a seven-day vacation or just a weekend getaway, here are a few place that should be on your must-see list. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYyzxP
Monday, June 12, 2017
From whale watching to eagle watching, from porpoise or dolphin watching to fishing or enjoying land-bound fare (how does zip-lining sound?), you’ll be able to indulge in a fun and relaxing weekend without the hassles of leaving the country. Aside from a recreational endeavor, a trip to the San Juans is also highly educational, which makes the activity perfect for tourists of all ages who are curious about the Pacific Northwest environment.
Following are some very cool facts that may shiver your timbers enough to get on board a San Juans sail on these bountiful waters. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2sFietN
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Fortunately, you don’t have to fly overseas to be able to enjoy a weekend frolicking in a beautiful island setting. You don’t even have to especially file for a special vacation leave just to get away. Just a few hours away from Seattle, Washington, a San Juan Islands cruise might be just the thing you need to relieve your stress. Here are some of the things that you can enjoy while taking a spectacular tour around the archipelago. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYv2iQ
The San Juan archipelago is situated in the northwest portion of the United States. This geographical location provides the islands with ample amount of sun, perfect for a vacation and weekend getaway. They are located in a rain-shadow cast by the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island, so even if it is cloudy it doesn’t mean rain. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the San Juan Islands, here are some of the must-see attractions along with tips to have an utterly relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYeeZg
Monday, June 5, 2017
With all these benefits, sailing is one activity you should consider taking part of as often as possible. It’s understandable if some people, especially beginners, are hesitant to try it. However, they need not worry so much. As long as you know what to avoid and how to prepare for your trip, it should be smooth sailing from the time you leave the dock till your return. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tYyDO5
The San Juan Islands are one of the sunniest locations in western Washington, especially in the summer. There are 240 days of sunshine in a year! Since you will be spending most of the daytime outdoors while sailing, sun protection is mandatory if you don’t want to get a sunburn. Sunscreen and sunglasses are two of the most beloved sun protections by travelers. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2tZ1ly2
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Need some ideas for your next family getaway? Visit the San Juan Islands, an Eden tucked away in the northwest. The county population here is around 15,000, and the top industries are in tourism, hospitality, and retail, among many others. The port of entry for most island visitors is Friday Harbor on the east side of San Juan Island. Denoted as an extremely livable town, it is proudly ranked within the top cities in Washington State in terms of amenities, safety, and more.
A Feast for the Senses
Temperatures during the summer and fall are just right for traveling, with the cool breezes blowing in from the sea day and night. The local seafood offerings provide a gastronomic feast for locals and visitors alike. You can sample the freshest catch of day from nearby Friday Harbor restaurants, such as the Cask and Schooner. Among the most delectable dishes on the menu include halibut, salmon, calamari, oysters, and clams. Have your fill and pair those meals with high-quality wines from local suppliers. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2rtrUr3
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Set Sail and Get Away
Tourism authorities say that the best way to appreciate the beauty of this archipelago is by boat. Booking private charter cruises for couples, the whole family, or a group of friends is more affordable than one might think. Departing daily from the iconic Friday Harbor, a timeless wooden schooner will be your vessel as you traverse the waters. Try your hand at the helm, as your captain and his experienced crew will guide you as you set sail on your adventure. Kids will surely appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime trek across the Salish Sea, as they can be navigators and explorers for a day. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2qUkFLV
Friday, May 5, 2017
The San Juan Islands is a favorite getaway for city folks who want to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Families, couples, and tour groups come from around the world on vacation in this idyllic destination, as there are truly endless things to discover around here.
This county of about 15,000 residents exudes an innate charm and warmth that keeps visitors coming back every year. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, tourism and hospitality are the top employing industries in this region, as evidenced by their growth over the last few years. Other sectors that are big in the San Juans are retail, trade, as well as seasonal farming and fishing. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2qU6BC3
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
If your loved one has unfortunately passed on, you’re faced with the challenge of honoring him in a respectful way. What better way to do so than with a burial at sea? These ceremonies are memorable, unique, and poetic. They can go according to plan when you let charter companies take care of the details.
Knowledge of Strict Regulations
Although it happens a lot in the movies, you can’t just place a body or ashes in the ocean. It has to be done in accordance with strict regulations. That’s why you should let charter companies handle this job. They’ve experienced a number of these ceremonials and understand the permitting process. They can assist in filling out paperwork and suggest accommodations that guests might need.
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Friday, April 28, 2017
The San Juan Islands belong to an archipelagic treasure trove in the Pacific Northwest. A collection of hundreds of islands, the San Juans teem with wildlife on land and in the sea. As a result, it has become the destination of choice for seafarers, whale watchers, and adventurers from all walks of life.
Visitors can reach San Juan Island, the second biggest of the four main islands, via an hour’s ferry ride from the mainland port of Anacortes, WA. Another way to access this piece of paradise is via air, with flights arriving at Friday Harbor Airport daily. Pontoon planes are also available from Seattle’s Lake Union that deliver you right to the downtown docks. From there, you can take private charters for a few hours, to half-a-day, to overnight, allowing you an intimate view of what the San Juans have to offer. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2rtu6yV
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Whale watching lets you see these large mammals in their natural habitat. These up-close encounters don’t happen often, so you need to make the most of them. You can if you prepare for these voyages ahead of time.
Know Where to Spot Whales
Once you’ve climbed on board one of these charters and you’re situated, people often ask where the whales will be. The crew may tease you saying, they will be in the water. And everyone will have a good laugh. Whale are creatures living in their natural habitat. They don't follow a set schedule. The famous San Juan Island orca whale travel in groups called pods. They are very social and they spend a lot of time looking for salmon, their favorite meal. This group behavior makes them easier to spot and most of the captains of whale watching excursions share the latest updates as to where the whale are at any given moment.
Most seats on the fast boats are perfectly fine for viewing and photography. Sides seats might have a cleared view, but you're more likely to fully feel the salty spray. Don't worry. You won't miss out. Everyone on the boat will know when whale are insight. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2rtzZMw
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In the San Juan Islands, massive marine mammals are studied and monitored by the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, a museum that teaches tourists the importance of protecting the oceans and keeping the endangered orcas alive. They perform extensive research to keep track of each whale that swims through the Salish Sea.
An orca pod can contain a dozen to several dozen individual whales, and there are three active pods (J, K, and L) that can be seen often in the San Juan Islands. Interestingly enough, the locals and the nonprofit groups who work together to protect these creatures can easily identify the pods by their markings and other behaviors. As a matter of fact, they lovingly denote many of the whale with both a code number and a name. Orcas average life-span is around 50 years old. There are orcas in the pods who are less than two years old. A whale in J-pod, affectionately named “Granny” recently passed away was estimated to be over 100-years old.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Many people look to the sea when they want to get away from their busy lives. Giant cruise ships are more popular than ever. But, after awhile you may begin to feel like you're trapped in a huge hotel on water. Private boat charters in the San Juan Islands afford you a different kind of luxury and so much more. When experiencing a private charter, you start to feel one with the ocean, your "ship", and sharing experiences with those who run it. Whether you’re going out with a loved one or just wishing to indulge in nature's beauty, private charters provide an intimate adventure of truly breathtaking surroundings.
Think of it. Could there be anything quite like sailing on the sea in an iconic wooden schooner—modeled after the tall ships of old? As soon as you step on deck, your sea blood rushes with anticipation of a genuine nautical adventure. Choose your time on the water. Even if for just an afternoon, you can see a bounty of sea life, from otters, to porpoises, to seabirds, to schooling salmon. Perhaps the most famous aquatic residents of the San Juan Islands are the pods of orca whales. More than 100,000 people each year visit this area to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures up close.
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Monday, April 24, 2017
Saying farewell to a departed loved one is never easy. You can make it more meaningful and have a symbolic and intimate event through a proper burial at sea. There are many symbolisms and rules that surround this ceremony. At present, it’s done in many cultures and in several places in the U.S., and to honor your loved you can do it one as well.
A Look at Its History
Many religious and historical accounts have mentioned burials at sea or scattering of remains into bodies of water. During the Viking Age, the privilege of a ship burial and being cast into the sea is reserved for honored warriors and kings. It was believed that the ocean serves as a portal between the human world and the spiritual realm. Sending off the departed through the waters symbolizes the end of physical life and the beginning of spiritual rebirth.
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Burials at sea are intimate ceremonies that allow families to bid farewell to their departed loved ones for the final time. If you wish to have this special rite done for a relative or a friend, private charters can make it happen.
Beliefs and Traditions
During the era of the Vikings, ship burials were customary to give honor to fallen warriors and leaders. Other religions like Judaism and Christianity make mention of sending off the dead into the sea to cleanse their souls and bring them closer to heaven.
As the industrial revolution encouraged maritime travel across the oceans, shipbuilders and seafarers also practiced burials at sea for health and safety reasons. Superstitions back then say that a dead body aboard a ship brings bad luck, and they should bury them beneath the waves as a peace offering to the sea spirits. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2rtoXXw
Thursday, April 20, 2017
If you’re looking for a new adventure with your family or friends, what better way to immerse yourself in some world-famous, breathtaking scenery than with a private charter in the San Juan Islands? A private charter is more intimate than riding on a giant cruise ship. You won't be needing a trunk-full of formal attire. Stunning views are awaiting you, but to get the most out of these charters, you should carry along a different set of boating essentials.
Any boat's deck is bound to become wet and slick while at sea, whether from the waves or weather. The last thing you want to do is slip or even injury yourself. The right kind of shoes are exactly what you need. The perfect boating shoes are made for slick surfaces with non-skid soles. Look for non-skid shoes with a wide heel to maintain balance. The smaller the vessel, the more likely it can make sudden turns or be subject to an occasional ocean swell. Wide heels will give that extra grip with the deck, and they're more comfortable.
The shoe's bottom will give you plenty of traction to complement its anti-slip sole. This way, you gain maximum grip, no matter how wet the deck gets during your private charter. You might consider bringing non-skid shoes with mesh uppers, which allow your feet to air out when they do become wet on the deck. Also, because you will quite often be physically active, the best shoes will offer ample cushion and support. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2rtfj7c
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Just a few hours’ drive north of Seattle, you’ll find yourself in the idyllic maritime region of the San Juan Islands. This archipelago is made up of hundreds of large and small islands. Only a few of them are even inhabited, and a huge portion of these landforms are kept as nature preserves.
But apart from the land, the true treasures of the San Juan Islands lie within its deep blue waters. Awe-inspiring whales such as the orcas, minkes, and humpbacks grace this region with their presence to the joy and amazement of tourists. If you truly want to embark on an epic adventure, then get yourself ready for a day of whale watching. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2f1hrOV
Friday, April 14, 2017
It’s no surprise that the eco-friendly trend has had an impact on the funeral industry. People are choosing to become environmentally friendly even after life, since traditional burial practices can consume a lot of resources and energy that have a negative impact on the environment. Nowadays, more and more people are opting to have eco-friendly burials in a variety of ways, which include the use of biodegradable urns for either a burial at sea or a natural burial. The transformation of ashes into artificial coral reefs, among many other innovative green alternatives to traditional burial and ash-scattering practices.
Biodegradable urns are usually divided into two categories according to the type of burial they are intended for, i.e., a natural burial or a burial at sea. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2oEgoeu
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Burial at sea ceremony is an ancient form of disposing of human remains in the ocean, usually from a ship. It is a common ceremony performed by navy officers, but nowadays it can also be done by anyone.
Origins of ancient burials at sea ceremonies
There is not a single point of origin for this type of burial, as this type of ceremony has been recorded throughout history in different cultures and in many places around the world. For example, in the South Pacific, bodies were wrapped in a red cloth and set out to sea in a canoe, while people in India who practice Hinduism have historically cremated their dead on the shores of the Ganges River. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nGV1Ed
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The San Juan Islands are one of the most privileged places in the world for whale watching, since they are home to 3 pods of Southern Resident Killer Whales, also known as orcas. As of December 2016, the orca population on the islands was 78, which is why they are on the endanger species list. You can observe these massive beauties from a safe distance on a charter services and sometimes from shore.. If you’re planning on going whale watching around the San Juan Islands, here are some things you should know first.
What to Wear
In the open water, the weather tends to be breezier and it is possible that you will get wet, so make sure to wear warm yet comfortable layers of clothing. Also, this will protect you from the sun due to the reflective water. You might not be aware of the sun due to the wind or the ocean spray, but the ocean’s water will magnify the sun’s rays and you can get a sunburn without even noticing until the end of the day. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nGZTZT
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Whale watching around the San Juan Islands is a mesmerizing activity that attracts tourists from all over the country and overseas due to its population of orcas. Visitors enjoy the beauty of this massive yet graceful animal from a safe distance. However, there are frequent questions that should be answered before embarking on this adventure to make sure you truly get the most out of the experience.
When should I go whale watching in San Juan Island?
The Salish Sea, which includes San Juan Island, is home to Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), hence their nickname “Orcas of the Salish Sea”. This is the only killer whale population to be classified as an endangered species, and you will most likely see these types of whales in the Salish Sea from spring to fall. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2oEkXFF
Monday, April 10, 2017
The San Juan Islands archipelago is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and belongs to the state of Washington. It is comprised of 172 amazing islands with wonderful wildlife to watch and a whole lot of nature to explore. And what better way to do that than by taking a San Juan Islands cruise?
A cruise is an excellent alternative for enjoying the majestic beauty and natural landscape surrounding the area. Once on the main Island, you can take a sailboat to sightsee and spend time exploring the area. But, before you get on board, heed these few tips on sailing etiquette so that you can feel like a welcome guest on board.
Getting on the Boat
Regardless of the type of vessel–be it a sailboat, a yacht or a catamaran–it is customary to request permission to come aboard. It is a tradition that, albeit not mandatory, is customary. It is a respectful tradition that will instantly win favor with the crew and will surely get everyone in the sailing mood. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nH0qLL
Sunday, April 9, 2017
The San Juan Islands are a beautiful archipelago located in the Pacific Northwest, just off the Pacific Coast. You can get there by air, land and sea, using many of the transports available. Using the Washington State Ferry lets you enjoy a preview of the islands’ beautiful scenery. If you decide to catch a flight, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the archipelago, or if you prefer to travel by land, you can catch a shuttle bus from SeaTac International Airport.
Once on the main island, the best way to explore the archipelago is to take one of the many available San Juan Islands cruises.
There are 172 islands in the archipelago–and 4 are served by Washington State car ferries—San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Island. They vary in size, but they have one thing in common: thriving wildlife. If you are a bird watcher or a nature lover, this is a trip you will greatly enjoy. To give you an idea of what you can experience, read this brief preview of nature-watching activities that open a portal as wide as the sea to a wonderful array of marine life around the islands. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2oEuoVk
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Schooners North now offers an incredibly scenic experience to people who want to go on a sailing charter starting in the beautiful San Juan Islands. The crew will be taking a “new” route allowing passengers to visit The Broughtons. Schooners North now offers private charters for groups that want to have a serene sailing experience on Spike Africa, the newly restored 80-foot schooner. The vessel will travel the famous Inland Passage, an area that lies between the mainland of Canada and Vancouver Island, BC in order to get to The Broughtons.
The protected waterway of The Inland Passage is a sight to behold in and of itself. Sailing through here offers a smooth and tranquil adventure fit for those who have an appreciation for the abundant marine wildlife found throughout the archipelago. Traveling further along brings the ship to The Broughtons, a famous cruising area characterized by deep channels, fiords and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nH5b7L
Friday, April 7, 2017
The San Juan Islands are probably the Salish Sea’s best kept secret, but the word is getting out as evidenced by its increasing popularity as one of the top destinations for sailing and whale watching. Why, you might ask? Due to its privileged location in the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea are home to breathtaking wildlife which includes otter, seal, sea lions, porpoise, and the majestic orca whale, among other sea life.
San Juan Island charters are equipped to treat you to an adventure to enjoy the sea’s natural wonders. The following are just some of the marvels to be enjoyed under sail on the Salish.
Not only are the San Juan Islands home to the largest population of bald eagles in the United States, they are also the home of three pods of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), also known as orcas. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the orca as an endangered population, and so the charter services are carefully regulated to protect the whale population. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nH2ZNB
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. Many families also tend to worry over funeral arrangements, and how difficult they are to organize. As with traditional funerals, burials at sea also require a lot of preparation. If this is a course that you wish to take for the dearly departed, then you can find assistance from private charters that specialize in these events.
Rooted in Tradition
Naval officers and sailors are often given the honors of burials at sea, a practice for many seafaring nations in Europe ever since the 1600s. At that time, ships had to travel across the oceans for months on end. If anyone onboard died, the only practical solutions was to bury him at sea. As the centuries passed, superstitious sailors believed that burying the dead at sea is not only a means of paying respect, but also a form of protection from evil spirits for those on board. Today, anybody can be given a burial-at-sea ceremony, if the family so wishes.
Guidelines from the Authorities
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a set of norms under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) in permitting burials at sea. The deceased may be given a burial at sea when either in a casket or scattered as ashes. A casket burial has very specific regulations. By law, operators of marine vessels administering the ceremony must secure a permit beforehand. They may perform burial no less than 3 nautical miles from the shore. In line with this, the families of the deceased are required to report the burial to the EPA within 30 days after the ceremony. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2o16kLh
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Whale watching is an exciting activity that lets you see magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It is a recreation that can be enjoyed best when you are suited and booted for the occasion, while staying safe and comfy. Whales are magnificent creatures which attract thousands of people to the coasts each year. Before participating in this activity, you need to know some things to enhance your experience. So, here are some tips on San Juan Islands whale watching.
Know When It’s Whale Season
Know when it’s whale season and where they are hanging out. Whales travel around a lot, alternating between their summer and winter hangouts. The San Juan Islands is the place the Orca pods of the west coast hang out. This is good because weather conditions in the winter could make for an outing that is wet and chilly to say the least. Whales can be seen at any time of the day, but are never on a set schedule. They follow the food, which for most is salmon. That is one reason a healthy salmon population makes for a healthy Orca population. Everything is inter-connected. You will find that most whale charter services have a pretty good idea where the Orcas are on a given summer day.
With a pair of binoculars, you can zoom in on a whale and really see what they are doing. However, be careful. Some feel a bit sea sick when looking through binoculars for long periods of time. Still others are so excited, they forget all about getting seasick. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nv9Auq
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Part nature tour, part sightseeing, and part island safari--enjoy all or choose your own adventure with San Juan Island cruises. You can even go back in time on the deck of a classic wooden schooner that embodies the vessels of centuries ago.
Going on San Juan Island cruises is an activity anybody who loves the outdoors should experience at least once in their life. Families, private parties, wedding parties, whale and wildlife watchers, as well as those curious about the local Pacific Northwest culture, can all enjoy wending their way through this verdant archipelago. Keep an eye out for marine life while saving an appetite for genuine Northwest cuisine. There are many endearing facets to San Juan Island cruises.
See Multiple Destinations
On a San Juan Island cruise, you are journeying through four of the archipelago's main islands, where a laid-back lifestyle and natural beauty merge. You can see sea lions, whales, a myriad waterfowl and sometimes, during the fall, schools of coho salmon skimming the surface of this protected waterway called the Salish Sea. A visit to quaint tourist towns, such as Eastsound, Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor, allows you to sample some local seafood, should your sailing party's whim steer you that way. Orcas Island hosts a scenic state park and the highest peak among the islands, Mount Constitution. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nv3udJ
Monday, April 3, 2017
Enjoying a vacation on a sailboat charter in the San Juan Islands is a truly amazing and unique experience, especially because you are sailing while touring. Legitimate cruise companies look after the safety of their passengers. Professional charters are staffed by certified captains and crew members on deck. Sailing the sea is fun, but as with all recreation, you should always be careful and safe. Below are some suggested precautions to ensure your own personal safety while sailing.
Your captain and crew are responsible for the safe securing of the vessel when your cruise includes going ashore. But, if your captain seems amiable, he or she may share simple instructions allowing you to assist with the docking if you would like to participate. Stay alert. All good sailors follow the captain's orders.
Before going ashore, if you are leaving any valuables on board, ask the captain where such things might be safely stored. This might include money, bank cards, travel documents, and other personal belongings. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2nv3udJ
Saturday, March 11, 2017
In a previous article, we mentioned five noteworthy people who left express instructions to be followed upon their passing, for a burial at sea ceremony. As things turn out, there are quite a number of other famous people who’ve done the same thing.
Some had their remains cremated before having their ashes released into the oceans. While this practice departs from the “traditional” burial, the occasion is no less solemn.
Here’s a rundown of five more famous people whose chose to have their remains scattered in the oceans.
Many people would remember beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, whose fame spread far and wide on the TV show Mork & Mindy. Good Morning Vietnam launched his film career in earnest. Pretty much all of his performances showed his prowess in comedy and then in drama. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2m58ZDh