There are several ways to get here from Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and the surrounding areas. Each of them are a beautiful adventure in their own right.
The most economical way to get here is on the Washington State ferry. The ferry departs from Anacortes, which is about a two hour drive north of Seattle and about two hours south of Vancouver. The ferry is a beautiful one hour ride through the San Juan Islands. You can drive your car onto the ferry or walk on.
If you are just coming to San Juan Island for the day, we highly recommend that you leave your car at the ferry terminal in Anacortes and walk onto the ferry. The ferry lands in downtown Friday Harbor and our tour departure location and all of the amenities in the town of Friday Harbor are walkable from the ferry landing. If you are bringing your car on the ferry we strongly encourage making a vehicle reservation. Walk-on passengers do not need a reservation.
There is also a seasonal passenger only ferry that departs from downtown Seattle. This is the San Juan Clipper and departs at 8:15 AM and arrives in downtown Friday Harbor at 12:00 PM. The Clipper then departs Friday Harbor at 5:15 PM and arrives back in Seattle at 8:00 PM. This is also a beautiful way to get here. The San Juan Clipper operates Friday – Sunday from late April – early October (Friday – Monday late May – early September). This option gives you a window to have lunch or wander around town before joining your tour with us. This service can be used for overnight stays as well.
The fastest way to get here is on a commuter plane or float plane with a company like Friday Harbor Sea Planes, which offer one way and round trip flights to Friday Harbor. It is a quick, gorgeous 25-30 minute flight up through Puget Sound and the islands.
Flights are also available from other mainland and Vancouver Island locations by regional operators such as Kenmore Air, San Juan Airlines, Westwind Aviation and Rite Bros.
Feel free to ask us if you have questions about the best way to get here from where you are starting your journey.