Anacortes offers unparalleled access to the one-of-a-kind sights, smells and experiences of the San Juan Island shoreline. We have something for everyone with our diverse array of activities in and out of water. Setting us apart from other places worldwide is our year-round kayaking, whale watching and fishing expeditions, which feature all the spectacles of the Northwest that draw people to Anacortes every year.
Kayaking in San Juan Islands
Pick up an oar and join the Anacortes kayaking fleet for a fantastic time on the placid San Juan Island waters. Captain the seas for one day or many days with this rich and rewarding activity that is open to the inexperienced as well as expert kayakers. Along the picturesque shoreline and depths of the surrounding bays and bodies of water is an abundance of creatures that boast a unique attraction to the San Juan Islands that are unrivaled.
Expect to See
- Sea Otters
- Bald Eagles
Whale-Watching Kayak Tours
For an unforgettable expedition, take an eye-level whale watching tour in your kayak. Float with the jellyfish on your trip while taking in majestic sights on either side of you. To the west of Anacortes next to Ship Harbor, kayak tours launch into adventure for unprecedented experiences with the native whales that live in our waterways seasonally. Get ready for experiences that create lifetime memories.
San Juan Islands Whale Watching
Experience the gentle giants of the deep amid the waters they call home. Anacortes is the prime place for whale sightings, boasting three pods of local Orca whales and many varieties of other wildlife, such as:
- Minke Whales
- Humpback Whales
- Gray Whales
- Orca Whales
- Sea Lions
- Pelagic Birds
- Bald Eagles
Anacortes Whale Watching Tours
Tours are within walking distance of Sunrise Inn Villas and Suites and can be found along the eastern coast of Fidalgo Island. Whale watching kayak tours are available as an amazing option for those interested in getting closer to the water. As the calm sea splits apart for a breaching whale, Anacortes will prove to harbor any person’s fascination with the sea.
Immerse yourself in a watery wonderland and become an observer of an unseen and overlooked world. For snorkelers, the aquatic wildlife is just within your reach with tours offered for the experienced and inexperienced alike. Poolside lessons are provided for those testing the waters for the first time. Lessons for divers from beginner level to instructor level are available. There are dives and activities year-round to get you in the water. For your convenience, Nitrox dives are available to certified Enriched Air divers, allowing for less surface-time and longer submersion with fewer air tank changes above water. Locations are just next door to Sunrise Inn Villas and Suites and offer assortments of supplies for the ready diver and snorkeler. Bring an underwater camera and enjoy the otherworldly creatures of the San Juan Island waters, such as:
- North Pacific Giant Octopus
- Wolf Eels
- King Crabs
Fishing in Anacortes
Be pulled into the sea like the receding tide and join one of the finest fishing spots in the Northwest any time of the year. With the calm waters of Anacortes and the diversity of life within, fishing is an exhilarating activity open to people of all ages, all year long. Fishing tours can be found all over Anacortes, due just north of Sunrise Inn Villas and Suites . With so much to choose from and never a season lacking something to catch, Anacortes invites you to become a part of the local fishing tradition.
Fish by Season
- Halibut – May
- Lingcod – May to June
- King Salmon – July to November
- Coho Salmon – July to October
- Blackmouth – Varying Winter Seasons
- Any Bottom-Fishing – Year Round