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San Juan Island Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors



You can rent standard, mountain, and BMX bikes for $40 to $50 per day or $175 to $225 per week. Tandem, recumbent, and electric bikes rent for about $70 to $80 per day.

Island Bicycles. This full-service shop rents bikes. 380 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–4941.

Boating and Sailing

At public docks, high-season moorage rates are $1–$2 per foot (of vessel) per night.

Port of Friday Harbor. The marina at the island's main port offers guest moorage, vessel assistance and repair, bareboat and skippered charters, overnight accommodations, and wildlife and whale-watching cruises. 204 Front St., Friday Harbor, WA. 360/378–2688.

Roche Harbor Marina. The marina at Roche Harbor Resort has a fuel dock, pool, grocery, and other guest services. 248 Reuben Memorial Dr., Roche Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–2155.

Snug Harbor Resort Marina. This well-located marina adjoins a popular, upscale small resort. It provides van service to and from Friday Harbor and rents small powerboats. 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–4762.

Sea Kayaking

You'll find many places to rent kayaks in Friday Harbor, as well as outfitters providing classes and tours. Be sure to make reservations in summer. Three-hour tours run about $65–$85, day tours cost around $90–$100, and overnight tours start around $125 per day. Equipment is always included in the cost.

Crystal Seas Kayaking. Sunset trips and multisport tours that might include biking, kayaking, yoga, and camping are among the options with this respected guide company. 40 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–4223 or 877/732–7877.

Discovery Sea Kayaks. This outfitter offers both sea-kayaking adventures, including sunset trips and multiday excursions, and whale-watching tours. 185 1st St. S, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–2559 or 866/461–2559.

San Juan Kayak Expeditions. This reputable company has been running kayaking and camping tours in two-person kayaks since 1980. 85 Front St., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–4436.

Sea Quest Expeditions. Kayak eco-tours with guides who are trained naturalists, biologists, and environmental scientists are available through this popular outfitter. Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–5767 or 888/589–4253.


Whale-watching expeditions typically run three to four hours and cost around $50 per person. For the best experience, look for tour companies with small boats that carry under 30 people. Bring warm clothing even if it's a warm day.

Island Adventures. Two San Juan tours operate out of Anacortes per day from June through August—you'll get right up next to the orcas. 1801 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA, 98221. 360/293–2428 or 800/465–4604.

San Juan Cruises. Full-day whale-watching adventure cruises out of Bellingham include lunch and a two-hour stop at Friday Harbor and are offered on May weekends and daily from June through late September. These trips depart Bellingham at 9:30 am and return at 5:30 pm. Two-night overnight trips to the islands are also sometimes available. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA, 98255. 360/738–8099 or 800/443–4552.

San Juan Excursions. Whale-watching cruises are offered aboard a converted 1941 U.S. Navy research vessel. 2 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–6636 or 800/809–4253.

Western Prince Cruises. Narrated whale-watching tours last three to four hours. 1 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. 360/378–5315 or 800/757–6722.





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