Recreational Activities

Boating And Sailing Information


Whatcom County

A Trophy Fishing Charters

Whatcom County services, Slip #2 Spring St. Landing, Port of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor, Washington 98250, Capt. Monty Runge, (360) 378-2110,

Elakah Expeditions LLC

501 Harris, Bellingham, Washington 98228, (360) 734-7270 or (800) 434-7270,

Gato Verde Adventure Sailing LLC

Gato Verde is a modern sailing catamaran offering skippered day and overnight charters and custom educational expeditions in the magnificent waters of the Pacific Northwest. We can accommodate twelve passengers for day trips and up to nine for overnight trips. 1842 Governor Road, Bellingham, Washington 98229, (360) 220-3215,

Island Mariner Cruises

Terry Buzzard, #5 N. Harbor Loop, Bellingham, Washington 98225, (360) 734-8866 or (877) 734-8866,

Moondance Sea Kayaking Adventures

Sharmon Hill, 2385 Forest View, Bellingham, Washington 98229, (360) 738-7664,

Mystic Sea Charters

Cap Sante Marina, Dock A, La Conner, Washington 98257, (360) 588-8000 or (800) 308-9387,

Northwest Navigation

Cruise the San Juan Islands or Alaska aboard the historic 1929 motor vessel David B. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Trips are fully crewed, feature gourmet meals, private cabins and are limited to just 6 guests. P.O. Box 1431, Bellingham, Washington 98227, Christine Smith, (360) 201-8184 or (877) 670-7863,

Rosy Custom Cruises

Niel Pfundt, 2814 40th Street, Bellingham, Washington 98229-3365, (360) 676-0740,

Sail Away Custom Sailboat Charters

Charlie DeWeese, 2576 Island View Lane, Lummi Island, Washington 98262, (360) 305-0835,

Sail The San Juans Inc.

Join us aboard Northwind for a six day sailing adventure! We offer quality crewed yacht charters in the San Juan Islands and Inside Passage. No experience required. Six guests, gourmet fare, kayaks, hiking, fishing, crabbing and a fun crew included! (note address above is physical address not mailing), Jon and Jeannette Baker, 15 Bellwether Way, Gate 12, Bellingham, Washington 98227-5186, (360) 671-5852 or (800) 729-3207,

San Juan Island Whale Watch

355 Harris Ave. #104, Bellingham, Washington 98225, (360) 734-8180 or (888) 734-8180,

Shawmanee Charters, LLC

Don & Kathy Beattie, Box 2516, Bellingham, Washington 98227-2516, (360) 734-9849,

Victoria/San Juan Cruises

Sightseeing nature cruises to Victoria and San Juan Islands. Daily service May - October. Drew Schmidt, 355 Harris Ave. #104, Bellingham, Washington 98225, (360) 738-8099 or (800) 443-4552,

Waypoint Charter Services

Sherri Backstrom, San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, Alaska, Foreign Ports Bellingham, Washington 98229, (360) 656-5934 or (888) 491-2949,

San Juan County

A Trophy Charters

Fishing and/or whale watching tours with underwater video camera. Also, bareboat or skippered sailing. Fast boat with experienced year round Derby fisherman. P.O. Box 2444, Dock #2, Spring St. Landing, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information, please call Captain Monty Runge at 360 378-2110 or visit

ABC Yacht Charters

Bareboat/skippered charters, sail & power, 16' - 50'., #2 Spring Street Landing, P.O. Box 915, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call: 360378-7196, visit: or email:

Classic Daysailing

Offering 3-hour day-sails aboard Classic Wooden Sloop "Aura" from May to October, departing from the Deer Harbor Marina. Learn to sail, steer and handle lines as much or as little as you desire. Bring food for a floating picnic. Ward Fay, PO Box 275, Deer Harbor, WA 98243. 360-376-5581,

Fantasy Cruises - Small Ship Cruises

130' MV Island Spirit, features 7-day luxury small ship cruise for 32 passenger from Seattle to the San Juan Islands, Victoria B.C. and Princess Louisa Inlet. Accommodations include 16 well-appointed staterooms with private head and shower. Each stateroom has large opening window and cabin controlled temperature. The main deck is mostly staterooms with a cozy lounge forward. A second deck has 2 staterooms a dining and lounge arrangement. There also are two outside viewing decks, one aft and one forward. For more information, please call Jeff Behrens, 206-328-4145 or 800-234-3861 or visit: or email:

Harmony Charters

Skippered motor yacht charters with chef. 63' yacht with 3 private staterooms. Day or lunch cruises to extended charters for 1 to 10 days. For more information, please call Patrick Cotton at 360 468-3310, visit: or email: 973 Shark Reef Rd. Lopez Island, WA 98261

Mitchell Bay Landing

Boat, trailer, kayak rentals. Camping and Tours. Featuring family and small group retreats. Naturalist guided kayak tours launched off our retreat tidal beach. Chartered groups, beginners, sunset and open water day explorations. For more information, please call: 360-378-9296, visit or email: 2101 Mitchell Bay Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

NakNek Charters and Diving

A 45 ft. charter boat set up for scuba diving and general charters, sunset cruises, etc. Videos: NakNek Charters: and scuba: For more information, please call Kurt & Peggy Long at 360 378-9297 or 206-713-0829, or visit: 685 Spring St., PMB 145, Friday Harbor, WA 98243.

North Shore Charters

If you want to go boating, biking, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, sightseeing, bird, island hopping, or sunset cruising, then call us. For adventurers, romantics, and loungers, our tours fit your times. Think outside the island! Up to 6 people and their pets. For more information please call Marty Mead or Beth Corbin at 360 376-4855, visit: or email: P.O. Box 316, Eastsound, WA 98245.

Orcas Boat Rentals & Charters

Power, paddle and sailboat rentals. Half day or full day, 14 to 24 ft boats. Some skippered charters upon availability. Marc Broman, PO Box 272, Deer Harbor, WA 98243. 360-376-7616,

Orcas Boat Rental

16 foot power boat rentals. Half and full day rentals available. Located at the Friday Harbor Fuel Dock. For more information, please call Marc Broman at 360 472-0020 Friday Harbor or 360 376-7616 Orcas. Visit: or email: P.O. Box 272 Deer Harbor, WA 98243, Port of Friday Harbor Fuel Dock, Friday Harbor, WA 98243

Orcas Island Sailing

Sailing Lessons and Bareboat Charters. Situated in the center of East Sound, we have the best winds in the San Juans for learning how to sail, or striking off with a bareboat. Four boats to choose from, 18' - 26'. Located on the fuel pier at Rosario Resort. Ben Booth, 1400 Rosario Rd., P.O. Box 1626, Eastsound, WA 98245. 360-310-0100 cell, 360-376-2113 land line,

Pacific Catalyst II, Inc.

Unique small ship cruises in the sheltered inside passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington's San Juan Islands aboard the historic 75 foot wooden vessel M/V Catalyst. In the fall we cruise the San Juan Islands with four day, three night, Cooking and Kayaking cruises and six day, five night Island Reflection Excursions, as well as special charters for mothership kayaking, weddings or other special occasions. See or call Bill & Shannon Bailey at 360 378-7123. PO Box 3117, 290 God's Pocket Lane, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

San Juan Excursions

Whale sightings guaranteed on all scheduled whale watch trips! Breaching orcas, soaring eagles, playful porpoises, curious seals - daily departures May thru Sept. aboard USCG certified vessels. (1/2 blk. from ferry) All trips with experienced naturalist guides. Offering group rates, private boat charters, and sea kayak tours. Video: For more information, please call Pete & Erin Ancich at 360-378-6636 or 800-80-WHALE (24/7 hotline), or visit:, email: P.O. Box 2508, #2 Spring St. Landing, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

San Juan Island Marine Center

Located at Spring Street Landing, on the waterfront in Friday Harbor, SJI Marine offers a variety of activities to get visitors out onto the water. Rent family-safe Hobie pedal kayaks, small boats, electric powered dinghies, or radio control tugboats. Explore the Port, Brown Island, and the protected harbor from the water, or take a short ride to the Turn Island State Park for a hike and a picnic, or go fishing or crabbing. SJI Marine also provides yacht brokerage and marine repair services at our slips on the Fuel Pier. Call us, or stop by our store to find out about our newest activities. For more information, please call: Mike & Janice Close at 360-378-6202, visit:; email: #4 Front Street, Suite "C", Friday Harbor, WA 98250

San Juan Island Yacht Club

A Private membership club. Available for rental, for weddings, anniversaries, meetings, social gatherings, waterfront location. For more information, please call Gayle Rollins at 360 378-3434 or email: P.O. Box 67, 273 Front St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250


Whatcom County

Fairhaven Boatworks

Located next to Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven, (360) 714-8891. Small Craft Boat Rentals,

Johnson Outdoor

Rentals include kayaks, rowboats and sailboats (14-23 foot). Rentals for use in Bellingham Bay only. Located at: 2470 Shalashan Loop, Ferndale, (360) 366-4013. Rents many types of kayaks. Car racks are also available.

Samish Park

Located at: 673 N. Lake Samish Dr, Bellingham, (360) 733-2362 or (360) 733-2900. Non-powered boat rentals on Lake Samish.

Silver Lake County Park

Located at: 9006 Silver Lake Rd, Maple Falls, (360) 599-2776 or (360) 733-2900. Rents rowboats, pedal boats and canoes.

Direct: (360) 319-4939
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