Salmon catch from the deck of the Captain's Quarters

Salmon catch from the deck of the Captain’s Quarters

Visit Lime Kiln State Park  on the west side of San Juan Island – a great place to see killer whales passing during the summer!  Pack a lunch and enjoy the view while you watch for whales.

         Check out Barbara’s Web Site




San Juan Safaris Whale Watch & Wildlife Tours

San Juan Excursions
Whale Watch and Wildlife Tours

Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours

Victoria Clipper
Seattle – San Juan Island – Victoria, BC
Passenger Only to San Juan Island
Passenger and Vehicles Between Seattle and Victoria, BC
Reservations Taken
800-888-2535 (Seasonal)


Dining Out

Several restaurants make an extra effort to provide the quality food and service. Those who take reservations are listed below.

Haley’s Bait Shop and Grill
Downtown – Good American food, full bar and dance band during the season. An island favorite.

China Pearl
Downtown – Good authentic Chinese food, full bar and karaoke.

Downtown – On the water, great view, good food and fair prices.
Inside and outside seating, full bar and dance band during the
season. A local favorite.

Duck Soup Inn
Five miles out of town (towards Roche Harbor), outstanding food, beer and wine. Seasonal. Relatively expensive. A great place for a special dinner.


Ferry Information
Getting to the island on the ferries
Some suggestions

* In general, plan on  three hours for each ferry passage. This includes ferry ride and waiting time.

* Only the Washington State Ferries take vehicles to San Juan Island. The ferry requires reservations, both coming and departing the island.  You can call direct 1-888-808-7977 (they are super nice) or get the Washington state ferry app for you phone and make reservations on line.

* Having a car on the island is convenient, but you can park your car at the Anacortes ferry terminal and walk on the ferry allowing you to arrive at the terminal just 30-40 minutes before departure. Rental cars, bikes and mopeds are available on San Juan Island.

* The amenities at the Anacortes terminal are limited. Stop in Anacortes for take-out food and a good book.

* Waiting for a ferry in Friday Harbor is more enjoyable. The ferry parking lot is near downtown stores.

* Try to plan your departure from Sea/Tac Airport for late afternoon. Otherwise you’ll have to leave the island in the early morning.   Allow enough to get through Seattle traffic and get your rental car turned in if needed, at least 3 hours.

British Columbia Ferries
Victoria – Vancouver, BC
Passengers and Vehicles – No Reservations Taken

Washington State Ferries
Anacortes – San Juan Islands

Victoria, BC
Passengers and Vehicles
Reservations Required for Sydney (Victoria), B.C.


Island Information
The San Juan Island Web Directory

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

The San Juan Islands Scenic Byways- a driving tour

Tourism British Columbia

Visitor Information Service
Free directory of all San Juan County tourist related businesses.


Just For Fun


Crystal Seas Kayaking

Friday Harbor Marine
Boat Rentals, Trawler School, Sailing School
Kayak Rentals, Paddleboards Rentals

Discovery Sea Kayak

Outdoor Odysseys Kayaking

Other Resources

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce
360-468-4664Haley’s Bait shop & Grill Fr

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

Reservations, B.C.
Accommodations and reservations throughout Canada


Arriving By Boat: We have a 30 foot dock with 25 feet of water even at low tide  open for you on a first come first when you make your reservation please tell us if you are bringing  boat so we can reserve the dock for you. We have  to know in advance.

Moorage is available at the Port of Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort. Call for reservations.

Port of Friday Harbor Marina

Roche Harbor Resort Marina

Arriving By Bus:

Scheduled bus service to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal is available from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. Buses are also available from Victoria to the Washington State Ferry at Sydney (BC), from Anacortes to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and from Vancouver (BC) International Airport to Bellingham, WA.

San Juan Transit
Local tour transportation, great way to get around the island without a car…

Taxi –
Friday Harbor Taxi 1-360-298-4434
check out their website for all the rates.  They have the best on the island.

Sea/Tac Airporter
Sea/Tac airport – Seattle – Anacortes Ferry Terminal

Skagit Transit
Anacortes – Anacortes Ferry Terminal (Skagit County only)

Island Airporter
Island Shuttle
888-373-8522 (Seasonal)
Bellingham – San Juan Island
Passenger Only – Reservations Taken

Arriving By Car:

The Washington State Ferries offer the only vehicle service to the San Juan Islands from Anacortes and Sidney (Victoria), BC.

Arriving on Foot:

Cars, mopeds and bikes can be rented in Friday Harbor. There are also taxi and bus services.

Friday Harbor Lights is located about two blocks from the ferry terminal, 1/2 mile from the airport and just a few blocks from the center of town. It is an easy walk without heavy luggage. A taxi will cost about $10 dollars.

Bob’s Taxi Service

Susie’s Mopeds

Island Bicycles

Arriving By Plane:

Flights are available from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, Anacortes, Bellingham, Port Angeles, all San Juan Islands, Vancouver and Victoria (BC).

Aeronautical Services
Charters only

San Juan Airlines

Kenmore Air
Scheduled sea plane service
Lake Union – Lake Washington – San Juan Islands – Victoria


Arriving By Train:

There are Amtrak train terminals in Bellingham and Seattle.

Seattle – Bellingham

Weather/What to Wear
The weather is generally mild however you should come prepared for cool nights and light rain.

Fall: October – November
Temperatures are usually in the 50’s but brief freezes and snow are possible. Dress in layers.

Winter: December – February
Temperatures are usually between 40 and 50, but anything between 30 and 70 is possible. A good time to come because many locals go south and you’ll have the island to yourself. Dress warm.

Spring: March – May
Temperatures are usually in the 50’s or 60’s. Mostly sunny but light rain is likely. A great time to bring family and friends for special events at reduced prices. Bring layers and a parka.

(Locals don’t use umbrellas)

Summer: June – September
Temperatures are usually 60 to 70. (Locals whine if it reaches 80.) Mostly sunny but brief rain occurs occasionally. Bring shorts, sunglasses and plenty of sun screen lotion.

Weather Report – Coastal Marine Forecast


Whale Watching

Island Adventures

Island Commuter
Bellingham – San Juan Islands

Maya’s Whale Watch Charters

San Juan Excursions

Western Prince Whale watching