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Sharks Reef Sanctuary

Address: Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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Clearwater, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What a way to see the great Pacific Northwest - a beautiful walk through the woods along the waterfront with precarious drops. We were lucky enough to see a sea otter feeding on land - much bigger then they look in the water!

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice little walk out to the cliffs, great views of San Juan Island and watching seals play in the water and on the rocks. Also happened to see a Pacific Dolphin! Crazy! Really cold and sunny day! Takes less than two hours depending on how long you want to chill and enjoy the scenery.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Came to do some geocaching and found some of the best views I've ever seen. The trail is not too long for kids but really small humans should be supervised at the cliffs. Didn't see seals this time of year but the scenery was great on its own.

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Morro Bay, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Best place on Lopez Island is tucked away in a forest. Hike to the end and view the Elephant Seals, gorgeous bay and serenity of nature.

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Taylorsville
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Well worth the visit. Follow the path from the parking and you get to the water. Follow the path along the water and you might see sea lions and seals. We saw a lot on the rocks below. The scenery is great.

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Easy hike to a great view of seals as well as the lighthouse on lime kiln state park across the water. GPS does not function properly on the island, so glad I had written down some driving directions from TA!

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Abbotsford, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Enjoyed the short, easy 15 minute hike in to the water. The currents here are strong and whirl-pool, so it is beautiful. Lots of seals and their pups lounging on the rocks you see in the water. Pretty place to have a picnic or just sit and relax.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It is a little walk down to the water, long enough that you can claim that you got some exercise, not so long that you get tired. Go all the way to the end, don't stop when you get to the water, you won't see the seals from there, you want to be down at the end just across from... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was a great spot to take a little hike and see seals and sea lions. The scenery is spectacular and you can see the lighthouse on San Juan from this area.

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20 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Truly spectacular scenery. This is a must see - bring your camera AND your video camera. Like many other reviewers, I did see seals. It is an easy short walk to the shoreline. I don't think you are required to have a "Discover Pass" to park here (but bring it just in case I'm wrong). As an additional FYI, I... More 

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