The San Juan Islands is one of my favorite places to visit. Traveling by seaplane will get you between the islands quicker than the ferry, but I still enjoy riding the ferry at least once or twice. The Kenmore Air Seaplanes have service between Seattle and the islands, and many other destinations.
I decided to stay on Orcas Island and take both the ferry and the seaplane back & forth between Orcas Island and Friday Harbor where I was scheduled to get in three days of whale watching. I can stay out on the boat all day and I'm always disappointed when it's time to head back to the harbor.
It was a little too early in the season to spot the resident Orca pods, but way up past the Haro Straights in Canadian waters, we found a rarely seen humpback whale. No grand show, but a few hellos. Fun to observe & time it’s surfacing behaviors. These humpbacks are about as big as a school bus. An adult humpback whale can weigh as much as 66,000 pounds. Check out my Instagram or Facebook links at the bottom of the page to see more pics.