Getting to the Region
The closest major airports are Bellingham International Airport (BLI) (~1 hour away from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal), Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) (~2 hours away from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal), Victoria International Airport (YYJ) (~10 min away from the Victoria Ferry Terminal). It can then take up to 90 minutes to get to the island on the Ferry and then another 30 minutes drive from the ferry terminal to the Doe Bay Resort.
Usually SEA has cheaper flights and rental cars. Victoria, BC is closer but probably more expensive because it's in Canada and you may have more issues with renting cars and driving them into the US but their airport is right next to the ferry terminal so it may be a good option if you plan on not renting a car.
Getting to Camp
Once close by there's a number of ways to get to camp. Here's a few options to get started, please add more as you come across them.
For the most convenience, drive your car onto the boat, in which case you will want to make sure to get a reservation on the ferry ahead of time or you could be waiting multiple hours or days to get across.
TIP: Most of the ferry spots are sold out for the 8th and 12th at this point. If you need a spot, 30% of the pool will be released 2 weeks before the sailing date (next week Wednesday and Sunday), and another 30% 2 days before. They're released at 7am, so make sure to set an alarm (or script your botnet) and book immediately at 7am to guarantee a spot!
Alternatively, you can arrange ahead for a Doe Bay Shuttle to pick you up (charge is $20/person one-way, when available). For early-morning or later-evening pick-ups, there is taxi service on the island to take you to and from Doe Bay – (360)-376-TAXI. It is also possible to rent cars on the island, with free drop-off and pick-ups at the ferry dock if arranged in advance – (360)-376-RIDE.
Busses are available from Seattle to Anacortes via Bellair Charters and Airporter. They also pick up in Bellingham, though the route may need a connection to get from the I-5 corridor to Anacortes ferry terminal.
From Lake Union Kenmore Air offers daily scheduled seaplane flights from Lake Union in Downtown Seattle directly to the Rosario Resort which is a short drive away from the Doe Bay Resort. Call 800-543-9595
From Boeing Field Kenmore Air offers daily scheduled flights from Boeing Field to Eastsound on Orcas Island (reservations are highly recommended). Once you arrive at Eastsound, taxis are available to take you to Doe Bay.
Complimentary Shuttle Service is provided for transfers between Sea-Tac Airport and Boeing Field. Advance reservations are required. Call 800-543-9595
From Bellingham, Anacortes & Friday Harbor San Juan Airlines and Northwest Sky Ferry have recently merged, offering more planes, more pilots and more flight options from Bellingham, Anacortes, the San Juan Islands & Canadian destinations. Call 800-874-4434
There's some great water taxi options that will take you directly from Anacortes to Doe Bay Otter Cove Beach and is definitely the coolest way to get to the camp. Contact Island Express or Paraclete to arrange for group transportation.
The Victoria Clipper travels from Seattle to San Juan Island daily during the summer time. From San Juan Island you can walk on to the inter island ferry to Orcas landing. You would then need to find transportation from Orcas to Doe Bay. This trip involves coordinating schedules and planning. It would take at least a half day, but might be an enjoyable way to travel if you enjoy boat rides.
The Doe Bay Resort has a mooring buoy that private boats can use and then take a small dinghy to a beach landing spot to get to the resort that could be a good option for those wishing to travel to the resort by boat. There are also other water taxi services that can be chartered for those wishing to park on the mainland and boat directly to the resort. If you are interested in this option, please post to the mailing list.
Transportation on the Island
The Doe Bay Resort offers a shuttle service with the following restrictions:
- A 5 person or $100 minimum is required for any shuttle run to or from the ferry
- The shuttle is $20 each additional person each way to the ferry or Eastsound
- Group reservations (paid by a single party) are $85 each way. The van holds 10 passengers
- We also offer shuttle service to Lieber Haven, Rosario or Moran State Park for $10 per person, each way - with a 5 person or $50 minimum
- All other destinations are $75/hour with a one hour minimum
- Shuttle is available from 9am to 6pm – unless by special arrangement with 48 hour notice
- An alternative is to rent your own car or van through www.orcasislandshuttle.com, 360-376-RIDE (7433), or contact the local taxi service 360-376-TAXI (8294)
- We have arranged a 10% discount through our local taxi service, Orcas Island Taxi. If you mention that you were referred by Doe Bay they will be happy to extend this discount! 360-376-TAXI (8294)