Sucia Island, Washington
One of the San Juan Islands, Sucia is a true gem in the Washington state marine park system, featuring minimal facilities but plenty of pristine water in the bays around its nearly 78,000 feet of shoreline. This is where you come to launch a kayak and tour rugged coasts or take a small-boat excursion to explore its 10 miles of hiking trails.
What We Love
Fossil Bay: Hikers on end-to-end island jaunts make their way over to this bay to scan its embankments for its namesake treasures. Many fossils — up to tens of thousands of years old — are regularly exposed by the elements.
Extra Excursions: Some ships arrive in port in late afternoon, and you can book a night-kayaking trip after dinner.
Best Known For
The Setting: Your ship will be anchored in an incredibly scenic cove just off Sucia Island, where you can try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, or snorkeling. If you are cruising with Un-Cruise Adventures, the line also sets up a happy hour beach party for passengers at Echo Bay Beach, with complimentary drinks, snacks, and s'mores over a roaring fire.
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Who It's Best For
Active Wildlife Lovers: Avid kayakers or hikers who love to push themselves to explore forested areas and spot wildlife will appreciate Sucia's unspoiled natural landscape. Bald eagles are regularly seen flying past the region's madrona trees — notable for their deep-orange bark — while families of otters play for hours in the bays.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Your Only Souvenirs Will Be Photos: You'll find no souvenir shops, eateries, bars, or ice cream shops on Sucia. You are here strictly for the wonders of its wilderness. Pack extra snacks and water for when you head ashore for hiking or other activities.
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.