With around 170 islands to dive from, Washington State’s San Juan Islands offer a huge variety of idyllic locations. And the scenery doesn’t stop at the waterline. Island Dive and Watersports, based in Friday Harbor, provides possibly the ultimate. Since 1999, their aim has always been to give the best diving and snorkeling experience no matter the skill level. In 2001 they were voted third best North American dive operator and they’ve maintained the commitment since.
As you’d expect, their services are quite comprehensive. They’ll plan your dive down to the finest detail, provide classes and refresher courses as well as equipment rental and servicing. They also run daily, year round charters. Dive packages with quality accommodation are also offered. For a memorable diving experience, no matter the length, call (360) 378-2772.
Crystal Seas Kayaking has been specializing in guided tours around the San Juan Islands since 1993. They provide full day, multi-day and sunset trips from mid March till mid October, no matter your skill levels or size of party. Very much a home-grown company, you’ll be treated to the kayak trip of a lifetime. Whether it’s orca whales breaching, bald eagles gliding on silent wings, or just taking in the glorious scenery, Crystal Seas has a package for you. Visit www.crystalseas.com or call (877)-732-7877 for more details.
For an equally relaxing and fun way to take in the scenery, try Springtide Paddlesports. Beneficial for both muscle tone and balance, the paddleboards provide a great way to get close to the islands’ diverse wildlife, with gentle exercise built-in. Springtide Paddlesports are at Jackson’s Beach, near Friday Harbor, and offer daily, hourly and half-day board rental. Beginners are welcome. For more information, visit www.springtidesup.com or call (360)-298-5317.
Close to the ferry dock in Friday Harbor, you’ll find Legacy Charters. Whether it’s fishing, whale watching or just an adventure at sea, you’re guaranteed a memorable trip. Their whale watching tours leave from Snug Harbor, so you’re right where the action is to see orca, minke and humpback. If you fancy landing salmon or halibut, Legacy Charters has a package to suit you. Call (360)-378-3744 or visit www.legacycharters.org for more details.
For possibly the ultimate in fishing around the San Juan Islands, try A Trophy Fishing Charters. Since 1994, when they re-located to Friday Harbor, they’ve got to know the surrounding waters better than anyone. Their salmon fishing season starts at the beginning of July and runs until the end of October, so for an unforgettable fishing experience, call for reservations on (360)-378-2110.
Friday Harbor Marine offers kayaking with a difference. They specialize in pedal kayaks which are a stable and easy way to get out on the water. If you’re a keen photographer, this is ideal as you glide along at your own leisurely pace hands free. Based at Front Street, their services include paddle boards and boat rental. For more information, call (360)-378-6205.
So, If you have the adventurous spirit and love the great outdoors, you are bound to find a way to get out on the water – or beneath it – in the glorious San Juan Islands.
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