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Sharks Reef Sanctuary

Sharks Reef Rd, Lopez Village, Lopez Island, WA
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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- Jun 17, 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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Kansas City, Missouri
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

A great place to see (and smell) lounging Harbor Seals. The channel from Lopez to the seal island is only about 15 yards across so you can take great pics with a zoom lens.

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Spokane, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

There were seal everywhere! once you go on the small hike it takes to get there (about 15min) you'll love the scenery and have a blast watching the seals.

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Seattle, Washington
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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Always love the bike to this trail head and the lovely walk to the overlook. Have never failed to see seals basking on the rocks.

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Seattle, Washington
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This short 10 minute mostly level hike is definitely worth it for the views. At the end we got to see a number of noisy seals and great sights of surrounding islands. Keep your eyes peeled for the seals as you follow the shore because they can blend into the rocks. Shark Reef Sanctuary is a must see when visiting... More

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snohomish
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

A pleasant hike through the woods with old growth fir stumps showing charred bark from a very old forest fire and sculptured moss in the branches. At the end of the hike, there is a sunning area for seals and sea lions, who are quite vocal. I will remember this for a long time.

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Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The light rain didn't scuttle our hike to this very special place on Lopez Island. From the cliffs you can see an array of water fowl - and seals! We were almost mesmerized as we observed the marine animals in their natural habitat. A must see on Lopez.

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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Nice place to walk out to view the San Juan channel. When you get to the channel it's just a short walk to the left to sit and watch seals barking and playing on rocks. There is a small parking area, picnic table and out house at the very beginning before you walk the flat easy trail.

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Washington, the State
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147 reviews 147 reviews
48 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is a "must do" while on the island. Even on a rainy day. It was so perfectly quiet and serene. Make sure your camera is fired up, ready to take in the fantastic scenery.

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