Plan ahead, travel safely and use common sense
If you are bringing a group tour or bus to the San Juan Islands, here are some helpful guidelines that will make your trip safer, easier and more enjoyable.
- When your group visits other small, uninhabited islands or small coves by boat or kayak, you are entering sensitive ecosystems, such as eel grass beds and breeding areas for marine life. Practice responsible wildlife viewing in these areas.
- Follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace
Obtain Proper Permits:
- Vehicles and Groups: For certain types of multi-person vehicles (such as tour busses) or group activities, you may need a permit to visit National, State or County Parks. Contact the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce (Lance Mansfield, (360) 376-2273); the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce (Christa Campbell at (360) 468-4664); or the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau (Deborah Hopkins-Buchanan at (360) 378-6822 x1) to find out how to obtain a permit.
- Film Crews: If you are planning to film or photograph in county, state or national parks or ports, you must obtain a permit. Check with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau to find out how to apply for access.
Know the Terrain:
- Some roads on the islands can be narrow and winding, making them potentially dangerous to navigate for large vans and buses. Make sure to check with the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce or the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce for road conditions.