San Juan Island… the sunshine, the water, the wildlife- it truly is paradise! If you are looking for an easy one-day adventure from Seattle, San Juan Island is the place to come!
Situated just two hours north of Seattle, a trip to the San Juan Islands is just a gorgeous drive on I-5 away! From Anacortes hop on the Washington State Ferry and take it over to Friday Harbor, located on San Juan Island. Voted one of the top 10 most beautiful ferry rides in the world, taking the ferry is half the adventure! The San Juan Island ferry terminal is in the heart of Friday Harbor, the main town on the island. Once you depart from the ferry, you are just steps from fantastic restaurants, shops, beaches, parks, kayaking and whale watching!
Here is a look at the perfect schedule if you only have one day on San Juan Island. (Yes- this is scientifically proven to be the best schedule for your day trip!).
Afternoon Adventure Awaits!
1:00pm Bid farewell to your San Juan Outfitters kayak guide and staff. It’s time for lunch! Enjoy a quick and casual lunch at Limekiln Café with fish and chips, salads, or wraps. Or if you’re wanting to enjoy a waterfront balcony restaurant head up to the Madrona Bar & Grill for crab mac & cheese, steak salad, or fish tacos.
2:30pm Return to Friday Harbor via San Juan Outfitters shuttle. After a quick stop at the San Juan Safaris office to pick up boarding passes for tonight’s Sunset Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour, there’s more time to explore Friday Harbor. The town is one square mile filled with locally owned shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Walk around the Friday Harbor Marina to look for harbor seals and marine birds. Don’t forget to grab a commemorative Friday Harbor t-Shirt and a few post cards to make your friends jealous of your adventure!
5:10pm Meet your naturalists and board M/V Sea Lion for your Sunset Whale Watch & Wildlife tour (Psst. Have we told you? This is our favorite tour!).
Serene Sunset Cruise
Hungry after your tour? We thought so! Head upstairs from the San Juan Safaris office to Downriggers Restaurant for good food, good drinks, and an amazing view of the Friday Harbor Marina.
Take a late evening ferry back to the mainland and begin planning your next trip back to the island!
Sounds pretty exciting, right?!
Looking forward to having you come adventure with us on island!
(*Please note that the listed times may vary for each date, upon booking your trip one of our friendly and fantastic reservation specialists will be able to provide you with exact times specific to your scheduled excursion date)