San Juan Islands Travel Guide
One of the Many Views
One of the Many Views
A Casual Saturday on Orcas Island
Mount Baker viewed from San Juan Islands...
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island in the...
Ferry passes with Mount Baker in...
Small boat whale watching tour
I HIGHLY recommend a small boat whale watching tour. As I stated in the kayaking tip, there were very few tourists in Mid-May so my hubby and I were the only ones on the boat with the captian. Not within 10 minutes did we encounter Orca whales( J pod) and the alpha male...
make sure to check out all four of the islands, San Juan, Lopez, Orcas, and the fourth one I forgot what the name of it was. Lopez island is run completely by nuns. Orcas island, although it is small has lots of spots to sit and go whale watching.
Orcas and Eagles!
We used Maya's Whale Watching which is highly recommended on the internet. We saw 8 whales on our morning trip which was out of this world to see those giants(Orcas) performing in the ocean. Captain Jim is very knowledgeable and takes only 6 people on his boat unlike most...
Roche Harbor: Roche Harbor
Roche Harbor is on the opposite end of Friday Harbor. This is a resort with hotel, condos and cottages. Accommodations tend to be somewhat pricey but the location is nice on a private harbor area and not far from Friday Harbor. We stayed at a condo ($130/night) which was...
Great Restaurants Everywhere
Being a vegetarian visiting the West Coast there is never a shortage of good restaurants (unlike Texas where I live). Do expect to pay a minimum of $10 for a dinner entree so the islands are not for the budget conscious.
Favorite Dish: Everyplace we ate was great from Italian to veggie burgers.
Written Sep 7, 2002
Washington State Ferries: How Most People Get Here
Connecting the four most populated of the San Juan Islands with Anacortes, Washington and Sidney, British Columbia, the Washington State Ferries is the primary mode of transport between the islands, and between the islands and the rest of the world.Summer weather causes a...
Orcas Island Shuttle
Please be advised that the Orcas Island Shuttle is the only reliable transportation on the island. The cost is $5 one way. The shuttle uses the ferry arrival and departure as its basis for times around the island. It meets all ferry arrivals. I recommend it highly. The...
Getting Around San Juan Island
We rented a car once we arrived from the short flight from Seattle. I would highly recommend renting a car ($40/day) otherwise you are limited to exploring the entire island and the taxis and shuttles are rather expensive. The short flight from Seattle was 45 minutes compred...
Due to their proximity to the Canadian border, it's really easy to enter Canadian waters without knowing it. If you accidently swim into Canadian waters and are stopped by the Coast Guard, without the propper documents, you could have some serrious problems. It is advised...
Be extremely careful where you go kayaking. If you don't have a lot of experience, it is advised that you take one of the kayak tours, or check with some local kayakers for the safest spots. Because of their location, there are several strong converging currents in several...
I did a day kayak trip with Outdoor Odysseys and the scenery was just beautiful. We did see several bald eagles. Kayaking here is very different from the Gulf Coast as the water is rougher however not as exhausting in the Pacific Northwest compared to the Gulf Coast due to the weather.
Equipment: All equipment was provided by Outdoor Odysseys including a great vegetarian lunch.
Written Sep 7, 2002
Kayaking and Orcas and Eagles
Favorite thing: The orcas (of course). There are 3 pods of orcas residing in this area - total of approx 100 whales. We saw several bald eagles, harbor seals, and bull kelp. My travel focuses mostly on the outdoors and wildlife so this is probably the best place in the U.S. for ecotourism as everyone is conscientious about the environment and surroundings. All restaurants were great .
Fondest memory: The morning we viewed the pod of 8 orcas playing in the ocean.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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