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San Juan Excursions

Whale Watching Tour from Friday Harbor

Offer: Receive one FREE Whale Watching Tour with purchase of an accompanying Whale Watching Tour of equal or greater value. See Orca whales, sea lions, seals, eagles, porpoises, and sea birds. Valid April 28-Sept. 30, 2007

Value up to $65.00

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The cruise aboard the 65-foot “Odyssey” sails through the sunny, scenic San Juan Islands. Departs daily from Friday Harbor, just 200 feet from the Ferry terminal. The captain and Certified Marine Naturalists provide an informative and entertaining voyage.

Experience the thrill of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, seals, eagles, porpoises, and many varieties of sea birds in their natural habitat. Our 3 to 4 hour Whale Watch / Wildlife cruise will take you on a wonderful journey through the sunny and scenic San Juan Islands of Washington State. Your Licensed Captain and 2 Certified Marine Naturalists provide an informative and entertaining voyage aboard the quiet and comfortable, classic motor yacht, “Odyssey”.

This vessel has great walk around decks on 2 levels with padded seating. You will cruise in complete comfort with great visibility from all areas. Our outside decks offer both covered areas for protection from the occasional rain shower, and open areas to soak up the sun. Inside areas include two spacious heated salons with carpeting, lounge style seating, large windows for excellent viewing, a snack bar, wildlife library, two restrooms, 4 state rooms, and a fully equipped galley. The Odyssey also has an under water microphone for listening to Orca vocalizations.

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San Juan Island Excursion

Summer in the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are the place to be in the summer. Enjoy the outdoors and get out on the water with San Juan Excursions. Temperatures often hit the mid-80’s, but whale watching on the Odyssey will keep you cool. You’ll see orca’s splash and dive in search of salmon, lingcod, halibut, and greenling. There’s no better way to see San Juan Island then from the water!

San Juan Excursions launches from the pier at Friday Harbor at 1:00 pm each day and the skipper always guides you to the best whale viewing hot spots. Guests are never disappointed. Don’t forget your camera! After you return, stop by The Whale Museum on First Street to learn even more about these local summer guests.

At 55 square miles, the island of San Juan is the largest in the three primary islands that include Lopez and Orcas islands. Tour the island on your own–rent a bike for 24 hours from Island Bicycleson Argyle Street or visit Susie’s Mopeds on Nichols Street and ride in style with a one or two person scooter. The full island tour is about a 48-mile trip but you’ll want to stop and take a look at the spectacular scenery.

On the East side of the island, stop at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Park and take a short walk down the trail to the whale watching lookout. This is one of the few places you are likely to see whales from shore. Up the road, stop at British Camp, the companion to American Camp on the south side of the island. There are historic buildings, old barracks and an exhibit demonstrating the conflict over the island between the Brits and Americans in the 1860’s.

To see more of San Juan from the water, go on a 3-hour guided kayak trek with San Juan Safaris. Observe bald eagles, seals, porpoise, otter, great blue heron, seabirds, sea stars, kelp forests, wild mink, etc. and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest.

Stop for lunch at Roche Harbor on the North end. Visit the historic Hotel de Haroand have lunch at the Madrona Grill—the halibut sandwich is delicious. While dining, you can watch the kayakers from San Juan Safaris carve their way toward open water through the multi-million dollar yachts parked in the harbor.

While you’re in the area, check out San Juan Vineyards for a testing of some award-winning wine with Colleen—tasting room manager and hostess. Just across the road from the vineyard you are likely to see a curious camel named Mona watching you leave the winery—it is not an indigenous species. Back in Friday Harbor you’ll want to visit Stan–local wine guru– at Brazenly Lucid Wines for some of the best selection and deals on Washington wines and more.

Summer in the San Juan Islands
Summer in the San Juan Islands

 

Traveling to Friday Harbor

The quickest way to get to Friday Harbor from Seattle is to board a Kenmore Air Seaplane from Lake Union or Cessna Caravan from Boeing Field. Both are scenic thirty-minute trips.

The Victoria Clipper can take you by water from the Pier 69 off Alaskan Way & the Washington State Ferry has regular scheduled trips from Anacortes.

Once you’re there, lodging choices are plentiful. The newly remodeled Elements Hotel & Spa offers comfortable accommodations on Spring Street. Next door is Lavendera Day Spa where countless treatments are available to take you far away from the stress of the city and soothe your sore muscles after a long excursion around the island.

Friday Harbor Suites offers a little more room for great rates. On the water, with a view of the harbor, the place to stay is Friday Harbor House.

Eating in Friday Harbor

For eclectic dining in an upscale setting try Steps Wine Bar & Cafe on First Street. One of the appetizers is Roasted Unagi—which is roasted fresh water eel w/ locally grown kohlrabi, cucumber & grapefruit ponzu glaze–a true delight. Small and large plates include salmon with carrot risotto, halibut with artichoke potato puree and house smoked pork country rib. For more informal dining try the Friday’s Crabhouse with open deck seating overlooking the harbor–fresh seafood with a view!

The best espresso in town is at an unusually named place called The Doctor’s Office, near the Washington Ferry Terminal. They also have a variety of breakfast treats.

For more information about the San Juan Islands go to: San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau

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Seattle Cruises – San Juan Islands Whale Watching

“Get out on the water!” Anyone who lives in Seattle or visits often will tell you the same thing: take a cruise! This city is built on the water. There is a busy port and a vibrant waterfront. There are lakes and rivers scattered throughout the countryside–and a big ocean right at your doorstep in downtown Seattle.

Take a cruise on Lake Washington and Lake Union with Argosy Cruises. These two lakes are connected by locks to Puget Sound. Over on the Puget Sound waterfront, take a super-fast catamaran up to Victoria with the Victoria Clipper. You can go for the day–or spend the night with a number of creative getaway options.

Sail from the waterfront to Blake Island. There, you can enjoy an interesting demonstration of Native American culture at Tillicum Village. You’ll feast on delicious Pacific Salmon–and learn how salmon played an integral role in native life.

Several cruises depart Seattle’s waterfront for the San Juan Islands to watch for whales. This is a fun trip–and you’re likely to see other wildlife, including sea otters and porpoise, so be sure and bring your camera!

The Washington State Ferry also sails from the Seattle waterfront. Commuters take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island. You can drive your car on board for the 15-minute journey. It’s a quick way to reach the Olympic Peninsula. Drive up to Port Townsend–or plan a longer trip to Olympic National Park!

You also can cruise in the San Juan Islands by driving north from Seattle to Bellingham. From there, you can sail with Victoria-San Juan Cruises over to Vancouver Island, with a stop in Friday Harbor. Chances are good you’ll see whales along the way!

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Seattle Adventures – Seattle & Washington State

Ready for an adventure? Seattle is ready for you! First get a kayak from Northwest Outdoor Center and paddle around Lake Union. It’s the quickest way to get out on the water under your own power. You choose how fast you go–and how long you want to paddle! If you don’t know what you’re doing, fear not. Take a lesson!

Drive your car on the ferry down on the waterfront. Head across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula. First, drive north to Port Townsend. We love this little town. Take a whale-watching excursion with Puget Sound Express. They’ve been showing off the San Juan Islands for 20 years–so you don’t want to miss it. If you take the early-morning ferry, it includes a 2.5-hour stop in Friday Harbor. That’s in the heart of the San Juan Islands. You can get out and stretch your legs. In fact, you may want to bookmark this little slice of Heaven for a return visit. Many folks just bring their bikes (and their rain gear) and cycle around from island to island. Ferries link several of the islands, including Orcas Island and San Juan Island.

Back on the Olympic Peninsula, head over to Lake Quinault Lodge in the heart of the Olympic National Forest. From here, you can hike and explore to your heart’s content. Since the lodge is right on the lake, you can take a variety of watercraft out on the lake for some fishing–or sightseeing.

Head down to the coast for some beachcombing. This is a wild coast–so be prepared for some brisk winds, fog and some rain. After all, it is a rain forest. But it’s worth the trip!

Southeast of Seattle are two national parks worth exploring: Mt. St. Helen’s and Mt. Rainier. Gray Line offers day tours to both parks–or you can drive on your own if you want to spend more time exploring.

Another popular adventure east of Seattle is Snoqualmie Falls. It’s an easy hike from the parking lot to the base of the falls. Take the whole family–everyone will have a great time!

Up in the Skagit River Valley there are several whitewater raft trips. Seattle residents love going east of the mountains to Lake Chelan, too.

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Victoria Clipper

Seattle to Victoria High-Speed Ferry

Offer: Receive one FREE round trip Seattle-Victoria ferry cruise with purchase of an accompanying roundtrip cruise at Full Adult retail fare.

Value up to $144.00

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Enjoy a high speed ferry ride from Seattle’s Pier 69 directly to the Inner Harbour of Victoria, BC. Start your sightseeing the moment you arrive by pre-purchasing tours or Afternoon Tea. On board, food and beverage service is available as well as gift and duty free opportunities. Ask about special values on overnight packages at time of booking.

Seattle to Victoria High-Speed Ferry
Seattle to Victoria High-Speed Ferry

Do you need to go from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia, or vice-versa? Why not get there in comfort, style and with time to spare. Take one of our high-speed Victoria Clipper ferries for a fast trip to Victoria with a host of great amenities. When you travel with us, you’ll enjoy a two to three hour cruise through Puget Sound and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on your way to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Just sit back, relax and get ready for your arrival in Victoria

Your Victoria Clipper trip will end in Victoria’s Inner Harbour – located right in the heart of downtown Victoria. This convenient docking area gives you the freedom to start your sightseeing tour the minute your step off the boat. And you’ll have access to Victoria’s transportation and accommodations in a flash. Choosing Victoria Clipper ferries for your ferry trip to Victoria is convenient and easy!

What are you waiting for? Make sure your Victoria ferry trip is fast, comfortable and convenient.

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San Juan Safaris

Sea Kayaking in Friday Harbor

Offer: Receive one FREE 3-hour Guided Kayak Trek with the purchase of an accompanying 3-hour Guided Kayak Trek. Check website for dates and and departure times.

Value up to $65.00

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Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Observe bald eagles, seals, porpoise, otter, great blue heron, seabirds, sea stars, kelp forests, wild mink and more.

Sea kayaking, ocean kayaking or just plain kayaking. Whatever you call it, even if you say if backwards, kayak means fun.

San Juan Island has scenic coastlines and abundant wildlife in its waters. San Juan Safaris offers the easiest and fastest approach to these seas.

San Juan Island is near Seattle, Anacortes, Bellingham, Victoria BC, Vancouver Island and Port Townsend. The islands are considered the “jewels” of the pacific north west, located in the Puget Sound.

You do not need any experience or any special gear to go kayaking with us. They supply all the necessary equipment. This includes a dry bag for your snack and camera, a spray skirt, paddle, life vest and of course our state of the art fiberglass kayaks. Your guide gives you a lesson in paddling and safety techniques prior to assisting you into your kayak.

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Puget Sound Express

Port Townsend-San Juan Island with Whale Watching

Offer: Receive one FREE roundtrip ferry ride with whale watching from Port Townsend with purchase of an accompanying ferry ride of equal or greater value. This scenic cruise departs Port Townsend for Friday Harbor in the beautiful San Juan Islands each day between Mar. 24 and Oct. 6, 2008. Celebrating our 20th year of seeing killer whales in the San Juan Islands! Tour includes a 2.5 hour layover in Friday Harbor for lunch and shopping!

Value up to $72.50

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Celebrating our 20th year of seeing killer whales in the San Juan Islands! Tour includes a 2.5 hour layover in Friday Harbor for lunch and shopping! During peak season, additional whale watching cruises are available.

Since 1981, our passenger boats have provided thousands of travelers with fun-packed and fascinating boat tours on the waters around Port Townsend, Washington.

Port Townsend-San Juan Island with Whale Watching
Port Townsend-San Juan Island with Whale Watching

Imagine heading out across the water, on a crystal clear morning, the Olympic mountain range to your left and the Cascade mountain range to your right, the San Juan Islands straight ahead. The water is calm and the coffee is hot, before you know it there are killer whales sighted on the port bow! This is a summer day with P.S. Express.

We offer all day sightseeing excursions to the San Juan Islands with whale watching and a stop along the way included or half day whale watching and wildlife tours from Port Townsend. No matter which tour you pick, you will find our vessels are fast clean and comfortable and our crew ready and willing to show you a wonderful day out on the water.

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Island Boat Rentals – Victoria BC

Kayak Rental

Offer: Receive one FREE hour Kayak Rental with the purchase of an accompanying hour Kayak Rental–for the same kayak. Valid for all single and double sea kayaks. From our docks on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, we have introduced thousands of people to the joys of kayaking each year. We have a wide selection of boats to choose from. Single kayaks are $15/hr. Double kayaks are $25/hr.

Value up to $25.00

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With boat access to Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour at our door, come and enjoy a leisure day exploring Victoria from the water. Cruise the serene waterways and seaways, exploring unique inlets and pristine shoreline. Excellent wildlife and bird watching opportunities are abundant, or simply enjoy a day on the water, touring around this beautiful city.

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San Juan Safaris

Sea Kayaking in Friday Harbor

Offer: Receive one FREE 3-hour Guided Kayak Trek with the purchase of an accompanying 3-hour Guided Kayak Trek. Check website for dates and and departure times.

Value up to $65.00

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Enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Observe bald eagles, seals, porpoise, otter, great blue heron, seabirds, sea stars, kelp forests, wild mink and more.

Sea kayaking, ocean kayaking or just plain kayaking. Whatever you call it, even if you say if backwards, kayak means fun.

San Juan Island has scenic coastlines and abundant wildlife in its waters. San Juan Safaris offers the easiest and fastest approach to these seas.

San Juan Island is near Seattle, Anacortes, Bellingham, Victoria BC, Vancouver Island and Port Townsend. The islands are considered the “jewels” of the pacific north west, located in the Puget Sound.

You do not need any experience or any special gear to go kayaking with us. They supply all the necessary equipment. This includes a dry bag for your snack and camera, a spray skirt, paddle, life vest and of course our state of the art fiberglass kayaks. Your guide gives you a lesson in paddling and safety techniques prior to assisting you into your kayak.

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San Juan Vineyards

Complimentary Wine Tasting

Offer: Receive a complimentary tasting of four wines of your choice from our daily tasting menu.

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Value up to $4.00

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Coupon Expires: 12-30-08

The wine-tasting destination of San Juan Island, San Juan Vineyards is THE vineyard and winery of San Juan Island. The tasting room and gift shop fill an old one-room schoolhouse built in 1896. Located three miles from Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Road. Browse through the gifts and taste the wines at the tasting bar and enjoy the sunny deck while sipping a glass of San Juan Vineyard’s wine.