Whatcom County is teeming with natural beauty on land but is also the gateway to magnificent water views and marine adventures. The southernmost part of the Alaska Marine Highway System, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, is the gateway to many sea adventures.
The Bellingham Cruise Terminal can be found in the historic Fairhaven District, about forty minutes from Oostema Farmstead. The facility is home to more than just the Alaska Marine Highway. The Terminal is also home to charter operators who offer dinner cruises, whale watching excursions, and even some weekly adventures.
San Juan Cruises
Whether you want to go whale watching, enjoy a wine cruise or simply go sightseeing, San Juan Cruises will provide you with breathtaking views and adventures in Bellingham Bay or the San Juan Islands.
Whale watching is a popular activity in Whatcom County. San Juan Cruise’s boat, The Victoria Star 2, is the perfect vessel in which to explore the sea. The boat is 100 feet long and licensed for up to 149 passengers and features both inside and outside seating. Each cruise is fully narrated by experienced wildlife guides and comes with a complimentary lunch while onboard the boat. Enjoy fresh lasagna, caesar salad, bread, fruit, and a yummy treat.
Other cruises include a Chuckanut Cracked Crab Dinner Cruise, Friday Harbor Sightseeing, Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise, Unwinded on the Bay – Wine Tasting, and Sucia Island Picnic Cruise, Bird Watching Cruise, July 4th Fireworks Cruise and a Three Day San Juan Explorer Cruise. San Juan Cruises’ other vessels range in length from 50 – 100 feet.
The Schooner Zodiac
If sailboats are more your thing, consider a cruise on the historic Schooner Zodiac. The classic vessel is 160-feet long and is U.S. Coast Guard certified. The ship was originally designed by William H. Hand, Jr., a well-known and respected naval architect. It was commissioned by Robert Wood Johnson and J. Seward Johnson, who were heirs to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. She is available for private charters, including overnight adventures, and also hosts public events.
The cruises that are offered on the Schooner Zodiac are varied, so be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date offerings. Some examples of cruises include Brunch on the Bay Sail, an Afternoon Adventure, and the occasional salmon dinner offering.
Offering the first wind electric hybrid charter boat on the West Coast, Gato Verde also provides customized boat tours, overnight whale watching, sailing instruction and skippered charters. Whether you are interested in an hour and a half whale watching excursion or a week long adventure, the Gato Verde is a comfortable place where you can unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of the San Juans.
This 42 foot catamaran is a comfortable ride for parties of up to six passengers. On your excursion, you will get hands-on opportunities to learn various aspects of sailing, as well as about the local environment and the social and natural history of the area.
In addition to being home to the Alaska Marine Highway System and charter operators, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal hosts several community events throughout the year. There are also spectacular water views, restaurants and the train and bus depots nearby.
For more information on Lyden, check out our Local Guide, and be sure to enjoy your day before you head back to your cozy getaway at the Oostema Farmstead. We will keep the lights on for you.