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Shark Reef Sanctuary

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Address: Shark Reef Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
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Amazing views

It is a short walk to the shore and the amazing views of the Olympic Mountains. The tide was going out and it was an amazing sight, a fast river of moving water. San Juan Island... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Linscottage
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a short walk to the shore and the amazing views of the Olympic Mountains. The tide was going out and it was an amazing sight, a fast river of moving water. San Juan Island is just across the channel, it feels so close at that point. Because we went in January, there was not much wild life, but... More 

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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely hike. Not too long. And mostly flat. There's an island with seals on it at the end of the hike. So be sure to take your camera. Just don't expect to see sharks.

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Thank Shelly W
San Juan Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The views are stunning. A one mile walk- not stroller or wheelchair accessible- to great beach. You can look across to San Juan Island.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

To get here you have to drive quite a way south on the island. After parking, it was a very nice trail, but had quite a few tree roots we had to step over. Once you get to the cliff - it is breath taking! You continue to the left, which follows the cliffs, until you reach the end of... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We bicycled down from Lopez Village as many people do. It is a short hike in from the road to the beach. Outhouses, but no water. We saw seals on an island just off shore. From this park, you can look across the water to San Juan island.

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Thank Mark O
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

There is a good trail from the parking lot to the beach, then good trails along the water. At the south park boundary, you can watch the seals on Dead Man's rock, see the lighthouse across the water on San Juan Island, and take in a lot of beautiful scenery. If we have to pick a favorite spot on Lopez,... More 

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Thank Ann L
Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Short little hike through woods to a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. Lots of places to have a picnic and watch the seals on a little island.

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Thank Seattlered
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Beautiful short hike with incredible views of the ocean. We biked from the village with a pique-nique and ate our food enjoying the view of the waves and the seals playing in the water below us.

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Thank Micheline G
Toronto, Canada
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207 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Long walk minimal view no sharks. The view is flatt water not much to see. not suitable for young kids or older people

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Thank Travel333333A
Lopez Island, Washington
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

My early evening stroll out to watch the sealions coincided with a changing tide which created mesmersizing patterns in the swirls of kelp forest and seemed to inspire the basking sealions into a their own version of a "rock opera"; woodpeckers in the inshore woodland kept the beat: fun ;-) The walk out is lovely; a canopy of tall trees... More 

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