San Juan Island Adventure

San Juan Island Adventure

All-Inclusive | Private Escape

Available daily on request for any size group – call 206-650-5795!

6:30 am – 9 pm | May 15 – Sept. 30 | Price on Request

The San Juan archipelago harbors mythical beauty amid its islands, bluffs and seascapes; its regional historical relevance is just as stunning! Spend the day on our San Juan Island Tour discovering this mysterious landscape with a naturalist guide. As the morning ferry glides toward Friday Harbor, keep an eye out for sea life and birds.  This hour-long ferry ride will keep you glued to your window or deck railing as you slip between islands. Once on San Juan Island, fantastic walking options, birding spots, and whale watching from shore will keep you busy. If the islands weren’t lightly populated–the whole place would make an incredible National Park!  Picnic with local fare and a glass of wine, then explore historic British and American “Pig War” camps. Explore the rocky coastline and old lighthouse of Lime Kiln State Park; bring your binoculars–it’s generally considered one of the best places on the planet to watch for whales from shore! As evening sets in visit an island distillery, winery or lavender farm before heading back to the ferry or optional flight.

Upgrade Options:  Add a little more adventure by including a 3-hour (private) sea kayaking trip or 3-hour whale watching (a public departure) boat tour from Roche Harbor.

Pro Tip:  Dial up the beauty exponentially (and be back in Seattle by dinner) by asking about a Kenmore Air sea plane return flight.  

Whale Watching in San Juan Islands, Washington

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Naturalist-led walking excursions
  • Wander around John Wayne’s (yes, the cowboy) favorite port town of Roche Harbor
  • Beautiful picnic lunch, local wine & coffee
  • Whale & bird watching at Lime Kiln State Park
  • Visit an island Winery or Distillery (if you like)
  • Visit windswept American Camp for views of the Olympic Mountains
  • Beach-combing at South Beach
  • Optional free time to explore the popular port town of Friday Harbor

* Kayaking & whale boat options are dependent on availability, weather and marine conditions; other highlights dependent on time and conditions.

Itinerary:

From Seattle we drive north to Anacortes, the jumping-off point to the world-renowned San Juan archipelago.  The peaceful hour-long ferry ride from Anacortes is a marine cruise in itself and is an excellent opportunity to keep an eye out for an impressive diversity of wildlife, including Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Dall’s and Harbor Porpoises, Stellar’s and California Sea Lions, a variety of marine birds, and even our resident Orcas if you’re lucky. After traversing the scenic waterways between islands such as Cypress, Lopez, Orcas, and Shaw, we reach the quaint but charming seaside town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

Disembark from the ferry and head in one of several directions to stretch your legs and smell the sea breeze.  Options might include: a moderately-challenging hike to the top of Young Hill for remarkable views of the San Juan archipelago, beach-combing along the driftwood-strewn South Beach, or exploring the historic American and English “Pig War” Camps, which are part of the San Juan Island National Historical Park (they were encampments during a post-Civil War boundary dispute between the United States and England).

Explore San Juan IslandsAfternoons are best to venture to Lime Kiln State Park, considered one of the best places for observing Orcas from land in North America (and an excellent alternative for a picnic lunch).  Even if J-, K-, or L-pod (orca families) aren’t around, the dramatic and stunning views across Haro Strait towards Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains are well worth the stop, not to mention there is often plenty of other marine wildlife to keep an eye out for during a short hike along the shoreline.

We might end the day with a visit to Pelindaba Lavender Farm to revel in the intoxicating aroma of acres of lavender, or San Juan Vineyards for tasting locally-grown Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine varietals, among others, before finally getting in line for the return ferry with enough time to explore Friday Harbor (and perhaps sampling some delicious local fish and chips or – even better – ice cream!) on your own.

Optional Sea Plane Upgrade:

Kenmore Air Seaplane to San Juan Islands

Skip the drive home; return to Seattle quickly and in style!

Soar in a scenic flight above the islands of Puget Sound in a Kenmore Air seaplane. Make a splash when landing in Lake Union in the heart of Seattle.  Cuts the return time by two-thirds and is an unforgettable experience in itself.

Overnight Tour on San Juan Islands at Deer Harbor Resort

** We will call you the morning prior to the trip and confirm exact time and location for your pick-up.

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops. It’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera! We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your guide will tailor the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great personal and professional pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client we engage with, sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

Thank you for Exploring Cascadia with the Evergreen Escapes.