Welcome to Salish Sea Tour Co. on beautiful Orcas Island. We are the premier Experience and Adventure company in the San Juan Islands and created with one goal in mind - to offer you custom designed and completely unforgettable island experiences.
Raised on Orcas we know and understand it intimately - places to go, people to see and how to make the most of every minute. We pride ourselves in opening windows and doors to natural beauty and alternative ways of life while always respecting and remaining stewards of the island. With relationships since birth, and an extensive network of partners throughout the San Juan’s, there is no other business who can offer this type of access and quality of experiences during your visit.
We make it easy. We can pick you up and drop you off at the ferry dock, your hotel or your vacation rental. Arriving on a plane from Seattle or a boat from one of the outer islands? We can pick you up at the marina or airport in the morning and drop you back off before dinner.
Below are examples of experiences that we offer.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.280.1429 for a price quote and to reserve your date. A majority of our group tours include lunch. We also offer half day, full day and group discounts.
Eat, Drink & Explore! - This experience focuses on the food and drink culture that has turned Orcas into one of the west coast’s premier gastronomical destinations. From eating oysters, to sipping local beer, wine and ciders, we’ll make sure you have the inside scoop on how the food and drink gets from the farm to the table. Great for those who eat and drink with reckless abandon. We normally start after lunch and finish in time for happy hour. *This tour is offered as both a private option or with a larger group. Sample Itinerary – Sip small batch spirits at Orcas Island Distillery, enjoy a picnic lunch with fresh oysters at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, learn about cheese and wine pairings at Doe Bay Wine Company and visit the Girl Meets Dirt tasting room.
Inter-Island Day Trips - Walk on the ferry from Shaw, Lopez or San Juan and we’ll pick you up at the Orcas Ferry Landing and show you a little slice of our world. This tour combines highlights from the more focused options to give you a general idea of our island. Shuck fresh oysters, journey to the top of Mount Constitution, stop by Orcas Pottery or schedule one of the experiences below. Alternatively, we can plan a day trip from Orcas to one of the other three islands. Make the most of your time up here. Sample Itinerary Lopez Island – Morning ferry to Lopez to visit Spencer Spit state park and coffee and pastries at Holly B’s Bakery. Lunch at the tiny ramen shop Setsunai followed by an afternoon wine tasting at Lopez Island Vineyards. Option – Add dinner at award winning Ursa Minor Restaurant. Sample Itinerary San Juan Island – Morning ferry to Friday Harbor. Coffee and fresh baked pastries at Bakery San Juan before driving out to Lime Kiln park. Visit to Westcott Bay Shellfish for fresh oysters and a stop to walk around the village at Roche Harbor. Finish with a wine tasting at San Juan Island Vineyards. Option – Add dinner at one of the top island restaurants including Duck Soup Inn, Coho Restaurant or Backdoor Kitchen.
The Perfect Wedding Venue - Is there a more beautiful place than Orcas Island for one of the most special days of your life? We think not. Let us show you the various venues and help narrow down the options to ensure you’re on the right track and have everything you need. We’ll help make the appointments and assist in weighing the logistics for your special day plus answer any questions you have about the island and its services. Sample Itinerary – Working with your wedding planner (or one of our recommended planners on the island) we’ll put together a list of potential sites to visit. We’ll also familiarize you with the local florists and their gardens, restaurants for your rehearsal dinner and wedding cake specialists. In less than a day you’ll have everything you need to plan your island wedding!
Timeless Photography - Team up with one of our local professionals or bring your own. We’ll take you to the most beautiful destinations on the island for engagement sessions, children’s photos and focused lessons. We are proud to partner with a group of talented Orcas Island photographers (please contact us for complete list). Sample Itinerary – Have your photographer contact us or we’ll put you in the skilled hands of one of our local professionals to arrange a series of locations to shoot. Whether it’s mountains, farms, gardens or beaches we’ll pick you up and take care of the logistics. Option - With Kenmore Air or San Juan Airlines you can fly from Seattle to Orcas, where we’ll pick you up for a photography session, and still be back in the city that same afternoon.
Families and Farms - Our most popular options for families and younger children. Visit some of our favorites farms and farmers on the island and get up close and personal with their animals and gardens. Finish with a picnic lunch. This is also a wonderful option for those who will be dining at the local restaurants and want to understand the symbiotic relationships between our local chefs and the top island farms. Sample Itinerary – We’ll work with our favorite farms to put together a tour highlighting animals, gardens or both! Get an up close look at the islands most respected sites through the lenses of those who own and farm them. A wonderful introduction to animals and sustainable agriculture plus get a behind the scenes peek at the locations where the meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables come from that will be on your table at the local restaurants. Option – Include an intimate farm to table evening dinner with one of or private chef partners for the complete experience.
Artist Focus - Visit the ceramic studios, artist’s galleries and top spaces on the island while enjoying intimate conversations with the dreamers and visionaries behind them. We can arrange private showings and gallery tours based on your preferences. Sample Itinerary – This tour changes based on the styles of art and types of artists you want to see. You can send ideas or we can provide a list . This is typically a mid-morning tour and ends with a picnic lunch. Option – Wines from “The Orcas Project” feature art from local artists Carlin Hayworth and Jake McGuire. Visit their tasting room to relax and view the original art at the end of your day.
Real Estate Adventures - Are you considering purchasing real estate? Along with Orcas we can show you properties around the San Juan’s and neighboring islands. We’ll make sure you know the highlights of each hamlet and are prepared to move forward with confidence. Book us for an hour or the day. We can work with your real estate agent or you can work with Cole and Stephanie at Orcas Island Realty. Sample Itinerary – Traditionally a morning tour we’ll send you a list of available properties and work with you to arrange a schedule. We normally set up a call in advance to ensure your time is spent in a valuable and fulfilling manner.
Design your own Adventure! - Tell us what you want to see & do and we will make it happen. You can combine elements of any of the tours above or make up new ones. You tell us what you’d like to do and we’ll make it happen!
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