San Juan Island is truly a unique and diverse location offering a wealth of activities for such a relatively small little island!  Surrounded by the Salish Sea, wildlife and water activities abound.  Peruse through the activities listed here, or give us a call to see how we can help customize your trip just for you.

Whale Watching

The Salish Sea around San Juan Island is one of the best places to respectfully observe Orcas, Humpbacks, Minkes, white-sided Dolphins and other wildlife in the wild.


Silently gliding through the water is how the Salish Sea wants to be experienced. Treat yourself to a guided kayak tour. No experience necessary.


Explore San Juan Island's Scenic Byways, spot Orcas and visit art studios, farms and wineries along the way.  Or check out one of our complimentary retro beach cruisers for a fun spin to the nearest beach or bar.


Rugged shoreline, wind-swept prairies, moss covered mountains with old-growth forest and breathtaking views invite to leisurely strolls and serious hikes.

Arts & Crafts

The streets of completely walkable Friday Harbor are lined with cute shops, adorable boutiques, three world class museums and seven art galleries.

Explore By Car

 Explore the Scenic By-ways, find OMG Hill, have lunch at the oyster farm, visit the distillery, the whale watch park and the sculpture garden.

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The San Juan Islands with its gorgeous beaches and rocky shores, formed by ancient glaciers, its wooded hills and lush pastures, is home to over 300 species of migratory and non-migratory birds. We have the highest concentration of Bald Eagles (a breeding pair for each mile of shoreline) and Peregrine Falcons in Washington State. Find Red foxes on our prairies, along with an abundance of bunnies. It is common to see deer and otter on the beaches and seals and sea lions in the sea.

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There is a lot of history to explore on gorgeous San Juan Island!  In addition to the deeply-rooted Native American history, the isle has a most fascinating natural history and of course is best known for the Pig War of 1859 and its ensuing 12-year peaceful occupation by British and American forces. And the best part, history on San Juan Island is not explored in dark, dusty museums with long, boring descriptions of what went down. No. History on San Juan Island lives on the prairie and on the beach and is experienced in song and stories, by participating, listening, feeling and touching.

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