Welcome to San Juan Island


The ferry terminal is at Friday Harbor, on the island's eastern side. The main route south from here is Cattle Point Rd, while Beaverton Valley Rd heads to the west coast. To get to Roche Harbor, take 2nd St to Guard St, then turn right on Tucker Ave; from there it's a 10-mile drive to the resort.


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$103.97 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

San Juan Island is considered the best place to view orca whales because the salmon, which are their prime source of food (about 95% of what they eat), travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas.Take this Whale watching tour and see orca whales which has been viewed on over 90% of the tours with the possibility of spotting minke, humpback and gray whales to be higher. What is the best time to see orca whales? Anytime. They are out and about all day. You will be guaranteed see marine mammals and come back with memories to last a lifetime! Enjoy the beauty of San Juan Island on an exclusive Whale Watch Cruise from Friday Harbor. Sail aboard the fast, new 55 foot MV Sea Lion (with windowed, heated cabin, which seats up to 24 guests). 40 or fewer guest aboard this comfortable boat with walk around deck. Want a more intimate tour - join the special limited tour, small groups with a maximum capacity of 12 people. Important Note: Regardless of whether you are bringing your car on the ferry, it is best to be at the Anacortes ferry parking lot 1 hour prior to the ferry departure (not to be confused with the time of your tour departure) In July and August arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to the ferry departure if you bring your car across. A car may not necessary on San Juan Island.Park your car in the Anacortes ferry parking lot and purchase a passenger ticket. Allow at least 90 minutes driving time from Seattle to Anacortes. Use I-5 north, Exit 230. The diamond lane makes it a breeze to drive up. Ferry schedule changes seasonally and has specific departure times. Please ask about the latest Washington State Ferry schedule to ensure you arrive with enough time to make your way to the tour departure point.

$107.02 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Orcas Island Whale Watching

Our Orcas Island Whale Watching tours depart from Eastsound and cruise out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with our knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. We pride ourselves on our fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups- never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish Fleet are the fastest in the region: our newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first Marine Ambulance in Washington State!On our Orcas Island tours we will often pass by local landmarks like Patos Island Lighthouse, Sucia Island,Turn Point Lighthouse, Monarch Head on Saturna Island, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca! While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, we search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, and more. We often encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well! We almost always see Bald Eagles, and we frequently see Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Ancient Murrelets, and many diverse marine species. We occasionally find Tufted Puffins and even endangered Marbled Murrelets. Seasonally hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.We are proud to guarantee whale sightings on our tours from April through early September. We are so confident in our ability to find whales because the numbers speak for themselves: In 2015 we had 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours! We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between!

$99 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Seaplane Tour from Friday Harbor

Enjoy a tour around San Juan Island from downtown Friday Harbor. Our 20 minute seaplane tour originates in Friday Harbor and circumnavigates the Island. Our aircraft are equipped with headsets and an intercom system so your pilot will be able to point out points and other interests on your tour.Your seaplane tour begins with a departure from Friday Harbor. The views of the neighboring San Juan Islands come into view along with majestic Mount Baker. Your flight path will take you towards Cattle Pass where you will enter the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Haro Straits along the west side of the Island towards Roche Harbor. The final leg of your tour will bring you in for a gentle water landing in Friday Harbor.Points of interest you will see on your tour:* American Camp* Vancouver Island* Limekiln Point Lighthouse* Roche Harbor* Aerial views of the surrounding San Juan Islands* Hopefully some whales and seals too

$139 Transfers & Ground Transport

Seattle to Friday Harbor Seaplane Flight

This 50 minute one-way flight crosses over Puget Sound before landing at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Depart from the southern end of Lake Washington in Renton, located about 25 minutes from both downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Here, you’ll meet your pilot and board the six-passenger de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver — a classic single-engine, propeller-driven bush plane fitted with floats — ideal for exploring this scenic terrain. Slip on your headset to hear the pilot’s commentary on the sights below. You’ll fly above Bill Gates’ rambling lakeside estate and enjoy premier aerial views of the Space Needle, which punctures Seattle’s panoramic skyline. During the flight, soak up the breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and be on the lookout for marine life not limited to orcas, minke whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions. Situated just 90 miles (145 km) north of Seattle, the San Juan Islands include the popular Orcas Island and Lopez Island in its archipelago. Your pilot lands at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the second-largest and most populous of the islands. Enjoy your time in Friday Harbor and don't forget to book your return flight!

$288 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

San Juan Island Tour Flight from Seattle

This 50 minute one-way flight crosses over Puget Sound before landing at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Depart from the southern end of Lake Washington in Renton, located about 25 minutes from both downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Here, you’ll meet your pilot and board the six-passenger de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver — a classic single-engine, propeller-driven bush plane fitted with floats — ideal for exploring this scenic terrain. Slip on your headset to hear the pilot’s commentary on the sights below. You’ll fly above Bill Gates’ rambling lakeside estate and enjoy premier aerial views of the Space Needle, which punctures Seattle’s panoramic skyline. During the flight, soak up the breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and be on the lookout for marine life not limited to orcas, minke whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions. Situated just 90 miles (145 km) north of Seattle, the San Juan Islands include the popular Orcas Island and Lopez Island in its archipelago. Your pilot lands at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the second-largest and most populous of the islands.

$502.86 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

San Juan Islands Seaplane Tour Departing from Lake Washington

Seaplane Scenics is the ultimate choice for experiencing a float-plane tour of the San Juan Islands and environs. Depart Carillon Point Marina in Kirkland:  1200 Carillon Point Kirkland WA 98033.  Pay and Valet Parking available.  Meet your pilot at the Guest Pier in front of the Beach Cafe.   Depart the Wiley Post Seaplane Base:   1000 Perimeter Road West Renton WA 98057.  Enter the Renton Airport from Rainier Ave, turn left, drive to the end of the road to the spacious free parking.   Park near the US Customs Building and walk over the grassy knoll to the waterfront.  Leave long drives and traffic behind to get a complete, succinct orientation of Seattle, Pacific Northwest mountains, and the Puget Sound. There’s simply no better way to get familiar with the Northwest than by soaring over it. Our customers are provided with comfortable, noise cancelling headsets to clearly hear the pilot’s personal narration during the flight. Our professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic pilots will point out historical sites, interesting features and fun facts throughout your excursion. Among many of the captivating views you’ll enjoy are – Lake Washington and it’s distinct floating bridges, sweeping views of Seattle’s skyline, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, flying across the straits of Juan de Fuca and through the San Juan Island chain. Providing flexibility to suit customer needs, our tours are available throughout the year. We are dedicated to providing customers with a safe, comfortable and memory making experience. We look forward to taking you to new heights!