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9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast

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07.17.17

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9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast

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  • Anacapa Island.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Exploring Anacapa Island by kayak.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Sunset over East Anacapa Island, Middle and West Anacapa, and the Santa Cruz Islands.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The sun sets over the Patos Island Lighthouse.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • A tugboat passes by on the way to Matia, Sucia, and Patos Islands.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Matia Island offers kayakers a nice place to take a break before heading to Patos Island.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Paddlers can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife as well as views of Mount Baker throughout the Patos Island paddle.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The sun rises with the Mokolua Islands each morning.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Moku Iki is kapu (off-limits), so just enjoy it from afar.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The coastline here is rugged and dynamic.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Fellow early birds heading back to Lanikai.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • A sailboat motors through Colvos Passage.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Lisabuela Park offers kayakers free camping; however, there is only one site, and no overflow camping is allowed.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Waves crash against sea stacks in the open ocean.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • A view of the water from the town of Friday Harbor.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • An orca off the Cattle Point coastline with the Olympic Mountain Range in the distance.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • A kayaker at camp on Blind Island.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • View from Eastsound to Fishing Bay and Indian Island.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • A crab on the beach on Orcas Island.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The Cascadia Marine Trail campsite (for wind and human powerd watercraft only).- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • Views of the Saratoga Passage and Whidbey Island from the south beach.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The Warden's House burned down on June 1, 1970, during the Occupation of Alcatraz by the group Indians of All Tribes.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
  • The bombproof belly of Building 64 now houses museum exhibits. The original 1860s structure was a casemate for U.S. Army barracks until three-story apartments were added on top in 1905 to house military officers and their families.- 9 Fantastic Island Adventures on the Pacific Coast
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Picture yourself sea kayaking along the island channels of the northwest, surfing or snorkeling the Hawaiian tropics, touring a historic island prison off the coast of California, or hiking remote islands with not a soul in sight.

Coastal island adventures can offer so much more than just a place to relax in the sun with a Mai Tai in your hand (although that can be fun, too!). This week’s edition of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge is an encouragement to find an island adventure that brings out your sense of wonder, accomplishment, and exploration, whatever that looks like to you.

Here’s a few of our favorite island adventures. 

  • Anacapa Island: The smallest island in the Channel Islands National Park is a great place to start because it is easy to see in one day and offers great opportunities for snorkeling and kayaking in Southern California. 
  • Patos Island: For a remote, northern Puget Sound paddle, head on up to Patos Island, where you will experience an open water crossing, lots of wildlife viewing, and plenty of solitude. 
  • The Mokulua Islands: Located just off the coast of O'ahu, these popular islets offer the typical tropical paradise that many people travel to Hawai'i to find. They are popular for relaxing on the beach, surfing, and cliff jumping. 
  • Vashon Island: This southern Puget Sound Island between Tacoma and Seattle offers a long circumnavigation and plenty of campsites for paddles interesting in an overnight. 
  • North Island Island Viewpoint: While this Oregon beach doesn't offer island access, it does provide a pretty spectacular view of the rocky outcrops off the shore, as well as plenty of opportunities for exploration along the crashing waves and coastal bluffs.
  • San Juan Islands: The San Juans north of Seattle in the Puget Sound are one of the most breathtaking and memorable island networks to explore for any traveler and adventurer. From Orcas Island to Friday Harbor, good eats, great views, and the charming island way of life won't be in short supply. 
  • Hawai'i: Don't underestimate Hawaii. It's a relatively easy place to travel too and extremely popular, but that doesn't mean that you won't be blown away by this incredibly hospitable and naturally wondrous island state. From the jungles to the beaches, the islands of O'ahu, Maui, Kawai, Hawai'i, Lanai, Molokai, and the rest of these magical destinations will not disappoint. 
  • Camano Island State Park: Interested in exploring the San Juans without breaking the budget? Camano Island, accessible by car, is a great place to start. 
  • Alcatraz: Tour the most infamous prison of the United States on this island located just out from San Francisco. It's an adventure totally unlike the others on this list, and it makes for a memorable experience.

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We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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