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We run charters 7 days a week!
Diver's Dream Charters will shuttle your kayak for you to the put-in of your choice, let you kayak from island to island, then pick you up and bring you back to Anacortes. There is plenty of deck space and room above the cabin to store kayaks. For a very special trip, consider bringing your kayak or dive kayak along with your scuba gear!
We can comfortably transport up to 13 kayaks. We provide Fidalgo Bay coffee, and hot water for tea, cider or cocoa is also available. Fresh fruit and breakfast snacks are on board for breakfast. Bring along any specialty foods or drinks (such as juice, water bottles or soda pop) you may want.
Lu Jac's Quest has plenty of storage in the hold for all your gear, camp wood, water
jugs, tents, etc., and we have a dingy to help shuttle your camp gear to shore.
Favorite destinations we suggest to kayakers are two state parks in the northern part of the San Juans, on Sucia and Stuart Islands. Other State Park Islands popular for kayakers that are not accessible by
a state ferry are
Clark, Matia and Patos, all near Sucia, and Jones Island near Stuart Island.
About Sucia Island:
“Sucia Island is crescent shaped, with sheltered bays, tiny satellite islands and almost-tropical beaches. On land, there are tide pools and beaches to explore, six miles of hiking trails, and seven distinct plant communities. River otters and harbor seals are common as are harlequin ducks, black oystercatchers, great blue herons and bald eagles. It is probably the most popular park in the San Juans, but still has some nooks and crannies to get away from the major dock and buoy areas.” Info from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Where to paddle: All of Sucia Island, on the north perimeter of the San Juans. Washington State’s Sucia Island Marine Park includes a Washington Water Trails Assoc. campground and receives good reviews from kayakers and motor boaters.
Skill Level: SKII: Wet exits and rescue skills required; crossings less than 1 mile; fetch less than 10 miles. SK III: Max current 2 knots and winds more than 10 knots possible but generally avoidable.
Transit distance from Anacortes is about 24 nautical miles and about 2 ½ hours, depending on tides.
There is a camping fee to be paid for the park camping areas. The published amount is $12 per night for primitive campsites, with a maximum limit of 8 persons per campsite.
William Prichard, Hole in the Wall Paddle Club, offers this advice for preparing for a Lu-Jac's Quest kayak adventure on a recent club trip to Sucia Island:
Skill Level: II, and III required for open water crossings to adjacent islands. Crossings are optional. There is plenty of paddling in and around Sucia Island without visiting other islands.
Paddling Equipment: Kayak, paddle, spray skirt, personal flotation device (PFD), flotation bags if your kayak doesn't have bulkheads, whistle or air horn, bailer/pump, wet/dry suit
Camping Equipment: tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, utensils, food. Pack your gear in good stout bags or totes for ease of handling. Water is optional as there is potable water on Sucia. If you want a campfire, bring wood.
Camping Fees: $12 per primitive site; up to 8 people per site; for two nights.
Kayak Prep: Your kayaks should be completely empty except for flotation for ease of loading onto the mother ship. Bring padding (towels or carpet scraps) for use in protecting your kayak from bumps during loading and transport .
Schedule: Arrive Skyline Marina by 0800 to be loaded aboard our transport vessel, the Lu-Jac's Quest, for a 0900 departure. Unload kayaks and gear in the coned off area near the office which is located just north of the boat lift. Keep access clear to docks T & D.
Parking: If you can't find parking on the street the marina office can provide a private parking pass for $5 a day.
Loading and unloading: All non-kayak-gear will be loaded into the hold first. Keep with you your PFD, paddle, and any personal items and snacks for the trip to Sucia.
Kayaks will be loaded last. Please help move gear from parking lot to boat for loading.
Upon arrival at Sucia, kayaks will be unloaded first and paddlers will head to shore, one at a time. The gear will be loaded onto a dinghy after all kayaks are offloaded. Hardy paddlers can share the task of towing the dinghy back and forth to shore. Those on shore will unload and move gear to higher ground. It takes nearly 10 trips to get all the gear to the beach.
About Stuart Island:
Stuart Island State Park is an 85-acre marine camping park with 33,030 feet of shoreline. The park is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail and offers camping and moorage at Reid and Prevost harbors. Some campsites are for the exclusive use of those arriving by human- or wind-powered watercraft. The park is reachable only by boat. The nearest access is four miles southeast at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island.
Check our Contact and Directions page for driving directions to the boat.
Give us a call at (360) 202-0076 (cell), or e-mail us for reservations and more information.