Visit Deer Harbor on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands

For transportation on Orcas Island and pick-ups at the Orcas Island Washington State Ferry landing call the Orcas Taxi at 360-376-8294. From Deer Harbor to other San Juan Islands by boat, Island Hoppers can be helpful at 360-376-7278.

Washington State Ferry Terminal on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands

The easiest way to get to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands is via ferry boat from Anacortes. While getting a spot on the ferry with your car during the peak summer months may require a 2-4 hour wait, the restrooms are clean and the crowd is friendly. Bring a few snacks and a good book. Watch the ferry arrival and departure times to avoid any last minute itinerary changes–particularly from October to May when late night sailings are not an option.


By Car: Travel North on I-5 from Seattle (approx. 2 hours), and Take Exit 230 (Burlington/Anacortes). Go West on Highway 20 into Anacortes and Follow signs to the ferry terminal.

Washington State Ferry Information Online Ferry Schedule.
Recorded Ferry Schedule 1-800-84-Ferry (WA) or 1-206-464-6400
Orcas Island Ferry Terminal 360-376-6253

Take a seaplane ride to the San Juan Islands

By Plane: Daily flights to and from Orcas Island and other San Juan Islands are available from Seattle. Consult your travel agent for flight arrangements. Flying off the water with Kenmore Air Seaplanes directly to Deer Harbor is fast, fun and scenic. Daily scheduled flights from downtown Seattle straight to Deer Harbor. Once again, check with your travel agent. Facilities are also available for private planes. For more information, contact Eastsound Airport, operated by the Orcas Island Port Commission: 360-376-4176.

By Bus or Passenger Ferry: A number of commercial transportation companies operate tours in the San Juan Islands. For service from downtown Seattle to the Washington State ferry terminal contact Gray Line 800-426-7532. For service from SeaTac airport and other predetermined pickup locations including Bellingham, Marysville and the Washington State Ferry terminal in Anacortes, contact Airporter Shuttle 866-235-5247 Passenger ferry service is available between Orcas Island and Bellingham, WA during the summer months.

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