The easiest way to get to Moran State Park and Orcas Island is via ferry boat from the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. Reservations are available for all sailings to and from Anacortes; but don’t wait too long to get one! Reservation processing has been greatly improved, but it’s still a good idea to show up at least 1 hour before the sailing to be sure you can make it through the line in time. Bring a few snacks and a good book.
Keep an eye on the ferry arrival and departure times to avoid any last minute itinerary changes–particularly from October to May when late night sailings are not an option and the weather becomes more unpredictable. The Washington Department of Transportation website also provides information on schedule changes and travel alerts that could affect sailings.
Travel North on I-5 from Seattle (approx. 2 hours), and Take Exit 230 (Burlington/Anacortes). Go West on Highway 20 into Anacortes and Follow signs to the ferry terminal. Washington State Ferry Information Online Ferry Schedule. Recorded Ferry Schedule 1-800-84-Ferry (WA) or 1-206-464-6400 Orcas Island Ferry Terminal 360-376-6253
Daily flights to and from Orcas Island and other San Juan Islands are available from Seattle. Flying off the water with Kenmore Air Seaplanes is fast, fun and scenic. Daily scheduled flights from downtown Seattle straight to Deer Harbor. Daily flights to Orcas Island from all the major destinations around the San Juan Islands are provided by San Juan Airlines. Facilities are also available for private planes. For more information, contact Eastsound Airport, operated by the Orcas Island Port Commission: 360-376-4176.