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In the waters between Victoria, British Columbia and Bellingham, Washington, lies a chain of islands largely untouched by civilization. The only way to get them is by boat.

I’ve yet to sail much in the Pacific Northwest, but the San Juan Islands are a destination that I’ve heard people talk about, over and over again. People speak of the abundant wildlife there, of the sea-kayaking opportuntities, of the chance to spot an orca whale, of the gorgeous hikes, and the cozy small towns.

The main islands are San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Shaw Island and Lopez island–there you can find the cozy small towns and resorts–but the archipelago is composed of over 170 islands and reefs, many of which are teeming with undisturbed flora and fauna.

After watching the below video, I couldn’t help but start thinking of making a trip to the San Juan Islands, myself. Chalk up another sailing trip on the wish list.


Sailing The San Juans from MAMMOTH on Vimeo.

Is there a sailing destination that you’ve been dreaming of? Let me know on Twitter @PatrickManasse.