San Juan Islands | Seattle – Vancouver

San Juan Islands | Seattle – Vancouver

August 17 – August 23 | $1800

Limited Availability
Only 3 berths remaining

Ever wondered what all the fuss about the Pacific Northwest was? Wonder no more! We’ll set out from sunny Seattle, WA, at the height of the summer season, and explore Washington’s San Juan Islands while we search for Humpback and Killer Whales. We may even stop in Bellingham, home of Shanley’s alma mater, for a wild night of bowling – our favorite! Then it’s on to Vancouver, Canada’s west coast metropolis, to conclude our voyage.

  • Cost: $1800
  • Date: August 17 – August 23, 2019
  • Start: Shilshole Marina, Seattle, Washington
  • End: Coal Harbor Marina, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Length: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Focus: Coastal Cruising | Island Exploration | Marine Mammals

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Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon

You’ll meet us on the dock in Seattle anytime between 1500 and 1700 and come on board to settle in. Everyone will come together for our first dinner on board and, weather permitting, it will be a nice sunset beach picnic! After dinner, your professional crew will go through life on board and safety procedures in prep for departure the following morning. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and assigned foul weather gear if you haven’t brought your own.

Day 2: To the San Juan Islands

After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head off to our first destination, Lopez Island. Fingers crossed we’ll see some of the wildlife in the area along the way before we anchor for the night.

Day 3: Lopez Island Adventure

Today we’ll get to explore Lopez Island and everything it has to offer. From hiking to biking to kayaking, this spot is an outdoor recreation oasis. Tonight, we’ll have a lovely campfire on shore and roast some marshmallows over the fire. We’ll spend the night at anchor here once again.

Day 4: A Night on the Dock in Bellingham

In the morning we’ll head first thing to Bellingham. We’ll have a sail across the shipping lanes and up Bellingham Bay, before coming on to the dock in the afternoon. We’ll have an evening on shore here.

Day 5: Back to Nature

After a lovely breakfast on the dock, we’ll drop lines and head to Sucia Island where there’s a lovely footpath through the trees to wander, or if you prefer, a picturesque beach to read a book on and perhaps have a swim. We’ll spend the night on anchor here, watching the sunset over the trees.

Day 6: Transit to Coal Harbor Marina 

We’ll make our final transit today amongst all the shipping and under the Lions Gate Bridge to Coal Harbor, arriving in the afternoon. We’ll come alongside the dock and have our final dinner together as a group. 

Day 7: Departure Day

After a morning breakfast, it will be time to gather things and disembark Sea Dragon by 0900. You’ll be in the perfect spot to explore Vancouver further, especially Stanley Park right nearby.

More Information:

Contribution Includes:
– 6 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Seattle and Vancouver
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

Kit: Temperate


Travel Details:

You will join the boat in in Seattle between 1500-1700 on the first day.  You will depart the boat in Seattle at 0900 on the last day.

  Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is a 30-40 minute drive south of Shilshole marina, and is also an easy train journey into the city.  Vancouver International (YVR) is about 20 minutes away by car, and also easily accessible by rail.

All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen, you will likely need to complete a Canadian ETA prior to traveling.  Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel.  Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea:




Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee have been with Pangaea Exploration since 2012. They have extensive experience working with scientific and non-profit research groups and enjoy running educational adventures for school groups. Eric and Shanley have taken Sea Dragon through the Panama Canal, up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, and to the Baltic, the Caribbean, and West Africa.

Shanley, born in 1987, grew up surfing and swimming in the Pacific in Del Mar, California. Throughout her youth, she worked with the Surfrider Foundation to protect California’s coastlines. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from Western Washington University. Her love and curiosity for the sea also extends underwater, where she is a PADI Rescue Diver.

After college she learned to sail, combining her passion for science, the environment, and the sea by spending several months aboard Sea|Mester’s schooners Ocean Star and Argo. Soon after she earned her Ocean Yachtmaster license. Shanley is the medical officer onboard Sea Dragon while on expedition and, alongside Eric, runs and maintains her both on and off program.

Eric, born in 1985, grew up in Laguna Beach, California. During his youth, he sailed dinghies, raced CFJ’s, Larks, and C420’s, and taught sailing to children in Dana Point, California. As a member of the Sea Scouts, Eric gained experience sailing and repairing cruising sailboats, 80’ to 130’ schooners, ketches, and brigs, locally and on several ocean crossings. He also earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Eric became a PADI Divemaster while working for ActionQuest and Sea|Mester, developing his teaching skills as he progressed from running summer programs on 50’ yachts to skippering 88’ and 113’ schooners throughout the Eastern Caribbean and across the Atlantic. In 2011, Eric took a break from professional sailing to buy and refit Odyssey, an Islander 36, to attempt a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Eight months later, he returned to Los Angeles, having sailed past the Great Capes of the Southern Oceans and back up the Pacific to his home port.

When not aboard Sea Dragon, Eric and Shanley have sailed throughout the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, and to the Arctic Circle aboard their own Pouvreau 42 Cutter, Fleur Australe.




Being from landlocked Switzerland Meret had, at 18, never set foot on a sail boat. But this was about to change, she had agreed to join the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition for 6 months. This trip from Trinidad & Tobago to Hawaii sealed both her love for the ocean and sailing. Therefore, she studied Conservation Biology and Ecology with a marine focus at the University of Exeter. Yet every break saw her going off on the next sailing adventure, where she would collect data for various research projects. Most focused on marine plastic pollution, an issue sailing had highlighted.

After completing the Northwest Passage with TOPtoTOP in 2016, she was fascinated by the rapidly changing Arctic environment. So, in 2018 she joined TS Blue Clipper as the on-board biologist doing presentations for guests on Arctic wildlife and ecosystems and helped organise a research expedition looking into the effects of microplastics on the Arctic waters of Svalbard.

Long term, combining science, sailing and outreach is her dream. Currently, she is finishing the analysis of the Arctic microplastic samples and will be going to Sweden to analyse samples from the Baltic. After two summers in the Arctic, she is very excited to be joining Sea Dragon this summer to sail in warmer waters.