About the Area
Whidbey Island Boating
Boating on Whidbey Island, out in the Puget Sound off the mainland of Washington State, is a favorite activity for natives and visitors.
There are opportunities for every kind of boat to enjoy great conditions off Whidbey - sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and powerboats of every size surround the island all year. There are dozens of marinas and launches, private and public, to head out into the surf of the Sound and enjoy the wind and spray in the face on a beautiful day.
Boating gives people the opportunity to reach areas unattainable by car or walking. There are some beaches that can only be reached by boat, and some wildlife that you just won't see from the shore.
For boat lovers, the Whidbey Island Race Week is a primary attraction. Sailors of every ilk launch their crafts in an attempt to face off with their skills. Sometimes, of course, it's Mother Nature who takes the upper hand and lets them all know who's really in charge.
The sight of dozens of sailboats maneuvering challenging courses, relying on talent and teamwork with the crew, is a visually glorious sight along the waters of Penn Cove, just south of Oak Harbor.
If you'd like to take a ride out into the waves yourself, but aren't particularly keen on piloting the craft yourself, there are plenty of options available. You can reach Whidbey Island via the Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry, a 20 minute ride to the south side of Whidbey Island. You can take the short drive to Oak Harbor on the north of the island from there.
Near Oak Harbor, you can ride the Island Whaler at Deception Pass. You'll often see unique wildlife as you ride the jet-driven catamaran under Deception Bridge and you'll learn about the history of the area as well as see the prison and rock quarry on the side of a cliff.
In Coupeville you'll have the chance to take a whale watching trip. The gray whales stop off of Whidbey Island on their annual migration, and they are often visible between March and May. A sea kayak will get you even closer to the huge creatures, still staying far enough away that you don't alarm them. Such excursions often encounter other wildlife like seals and birds. Although kayaks look light and wobbly, they're actually a very stable craft and even inexperienced boaters can enjoy them.
There are marinas up and down the coast of Whidbey Island, ready to help your boating tour of the area turn out well.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about Whidbey Island boating adventures during your stay with them.
After a day on the waters surrounding Whidbey Island, you'll love going back to the centrally-located Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.