Island Transportation Options
People ask me all the time how people and things are transported on and off the islands. I explain to them that its the same way travel happens anywhere except our highway is liquid instead of asphalt. It maybe takes a few more steps to bring our groceries from the store to the kitchen, but the end result is pretty much the same.
Traveling to the islands by boat:
Traveling to the islands by air:
If traveling by air is more desireable, there are a number of private airlines offering daily flights to the islands. San Juan Airlines and Kenmore Air both offer direct connections to SEATAC airport, while Island Air primarily concentrates on inter-island travel. Deliveries of UPS and FEDEX also come in by air.
Transporting Equipment and Materials:
When there is a need to transport vehicles or building materials to the islands, one of the local barge companies can help you do that. The Island Transporter operates out of Skyline Marina in Anacortes, and primarily goes to Decatur, Center and Lopez Islands. Pintail Marine offers excellent service from San Juan Island and large freight can be moved on the MV San Juan Enterprise from Anacortes.