North America Vacations
Washington | San Juan Islands | Adult Only
Rocky shores, sandy beaches, lush forests, and serenity interrupted only by the soft sound of splashing surf
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Unplug your electronics and recharge your adventure-craving soul on this action-packed, small group journey through the San Juan Islands. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the hidden gems of this 100-million-year-old archipelago as you navigate the pine-studded islands, stunning coastlines and rich coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Hike, bike, boat, kayak and whale-watch your way around San Juan and Orca Islands to discover a spectacular diversity of wildlife and unforgettable vistas of the sun setting over the Pacific. Throughout this all-inclusive, custom voyage discovering North America’s treasured islands, enjoy some of the best wining and dining in Washington, from fresh-off-the-boat seafood to delicious, locally-produced wines. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to relax and let us handle the details so you can focus on the big picture of unearthing the endless offerings of the majestic San Juan Islands.
There’s hardly a setting more peaceful than Washington State’s San Juan Islands, ranked #2 on the New York Times list of top travel destinations for 2011. On this six-day, exclusive adventure around some of the San Juan’s 172-islands, hike, bike, boat and kayak before settling into your cozy accommodations and indulging in some of the finest wining and dining in the Pacific Northwest. This vacation package truly offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.
- Kayak the calm, pristine waters of San Juan Island, keeping an eye out for whales, seals, porpoises and bald eagles
- Hike to Lime Kiln Park Lighthouse and picnic at South Beach on San Juan Island
- Scout the Salish Sea for the 80+ orcas who make the islands their summer home on a whale-watching tour
- Stroll the quaint town of Eastsound with a coffee or ice cream in hand
- Pedal through fields of lavender and savor the relaxing fragrance wafting on the sea breeze
- Trek to the summit of Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan’s, for a breathtaking view
- Watch the sun set over a postcard-perfect cove as you toast each day’s adventure with a glass of handcrafted wine
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Slow down! On San Juan Island there are no traffic lights.
Orcas are some of the most beautiful creatures of the sea. Come here and you can adopt one!
Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Rosario Resort and Spa, indulge in hot-tub bliss and the best views of the sound.
Seattle, Washington SEA
Seattle, Washington SEA
Seattle / Anacortes / San Juan Island
Morning shuttle from Seattle to Anacortes to catch a ferry to San Juan Island. On board, notice the hustle and bustle of city life begin to fade as we pass the picturesque islands of Lopez and Shaw. Lunch at Blue Water Bar & Grill on the wharf at Friday Harbor. This afternoon, saddle up for your first bike ride to American Camp, occupied by the U.S. Army from July 1859 through November 1874 because of a water boundary disagreement with Great Britain. Tonight we dine at our accommodation, Friday Harbor House
About Friday Harbor House
At Friday Harbor House, you’ll enjoy elegantly-appointed accommodations with stunning views, an oversized jetted tub, and a cozy fireplace.
The Bluff Restaurant Bar & Terrace at Friday Harbor House is a comfortable, welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike. Wind down at the end of the day with a group of friends or enjoy a multi-course dining experience featuring the freshest fare from local waters and farms.
San Juan Island
After breakfast overlooking Friday Harbor, we’ll make our way over to Roche Harbor for a morning of kayaking. Paddle quiet bays and shoreline, keeping your eyes peeled for sea lions, bald eagles, otters, porpoise and – if you’re lucky – orca whales. This afternoon, we drive through cottage country to the National Park, English Camp and later pedal rolling hills back to Friday Harbor with a stop at a winery along the way. Dinner is on your own tonight at one of the many local hotspots in Friday Harbor.
San Juan Island
Today we explore San Juan Island by bike and by foot. We shuttle from Friday Harbor this morning making sure to pause and take in the expansive views along the way. On our way to the historic Lime Kiln State Park, we’ll have time to stop and take in the culture. Upon arriving at the Park we’ll embark on a short hike loaded with picturesque views while watching for the 80+ Orca that call these shorelines home. After lunch, we’ll get on the bikes to pedal over to Pelindaba lavender farm – an experience for all the senses! The day’s adventure ends back at Friday Harbor. Dinner tonight will be served at the McMillian House in Roche Harbor.
After breakfast, ferry to Orcas Island and take a short hike at Turtleback Preserve. This afternoon, board a boat and get ready to go whale watching! This all-afternoon tour will take you to the best spots to look for all the different kinds of whales of this area and learn how they hunt, interact, and migrate. Shuttle back to the Rosario Resort where you will stay for the last two nights of the trip. Enjoy dinner with the group at the resort this evening.
About the Rosario Resort & Spa
Over 100 years ago, Seattle Shipbuilder Robert Moran built Rosario with Arts and Crafts ideals in mind – time spent with family, a respect for nature and a return to hand craftsmanship lost in the industrial revolution.
100 years later, Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island offers comfortable and relaxing guest accommodations with beautiful views of Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Rosario Resort’s guest rooms are surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands with views of magnificent East Sound and Cascade Bay on Orcas Island.
Surrounded by small, scenic State Park-designated islands, Orcas Island is a playground for adventurers. This morning we’ll explore one of the many trails of Moran State Park, named for Robert Moran, the Seattle Mayor and ship builder who provided the land for the park. Break for a relaxing picnic lunch. If you’re feeling energetic, take a hike up Mount Constitution to the highest point in the San Juan Islands (it’s worth the effort – the views are spectacular!) Tonight, wrap up your active day with a farewell dinner at the nearby Ship Bay Inn.
This morning, enjoy a final early morning hike to Cascade Lake if the group is up to it. Shuttle to the Orcas Ferry Landing to catch our final ferry back to Anacortes. Lunch on the ferry. Return to Seattle for late afternoon airport and hotel drop offs
We hope you’ll join us again soon!
** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 6:00 am or 6:15 am, with a pickup from your pre-designated Seattle hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Seattle airport (4:00 pm) or your Seattle hotel (4:30 pm).
Hiking: 1 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain
Biking: 5 to 20 miles, moderate rolling hills on quiet, backcountry roads
Kayaking: Calm waters, no experience necessary
Whale watching: Take a boat ride to observe the orcas of the San Juan Islands and their habits
All guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
Discover the best of all worlds – spectacular scenery, a rich diversity of wildlife and some of the best wining and dining the Pacific Northwest has to offer on this six-day San Juan Island adventure. Find out for yourself why the San Juan Islands are a destination for peacefulness and relaxation. Listen as your guide explains the intriguing history of the Lime Kiln Park Lighthouse, the last lighthouse in Washington to receive electricity. Perfect your expertise on breaching, spyhopping, and lob-tailing as you keep a watchful eye out for killer whales in the rolling ocean waves. Find out why entering Moran Mansion is like taking a step back in time with its rich mahogany paneling, earthen tone tiles, stain glass lighting, and unique fireplace hearths. Explore the diverse landscape of mountains, wooded countryside and spectacular vistas at Orcas Island. Come visit this paradise of 172 islands, San Juan.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own, are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths. Rooms often accommodate 3 or 4 people.
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, except one dinner on own your own, refreshments and receptions.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- One dinner on your own.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
San Juan Islands Expert
Not sure what to expect when you get your boots on the ground—or bike on the road or paddle in the water—in that dream destination? Dan Austin would love to tell you. More than likely, he’s been there, done that, and then some. The founder and president of Austin Adventures, Dan is a boots-on-the-ground influencer in the company, helping guests, ensuring guides lead the way he would, and curating new trips by personally experiencing and evaluating every detail. While always happy to add to his list of 64 countries and counting, Dan most highly values helping guests experience their adventure in the most inspiring and energizing way possible.