The protected waters between Vancouver Island and Vancouver are ideal for sailing and boating, from run-abouts to sailboats to yachts. In Washington State, the islands and waters are called the San Juans, and there are numerous safe harbours and tourist destinations in both Washington State and British Columbia. In British Columbia, the waters are called the Gulf Island waters. While previous boat operation experience is necessary, some charter companies give lessons, and some have captains for hire. You can charter or hire a boat for a day, few days, or weeks, and explore this very scenic and special boating area. Extra special areas are Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa Inlet.