Vashon Island or Vashon-Maury Island is an island near Seattle in the Puget Sound region, the largest island in Puget Sound south of Admiralty Inlet. There are no bridges to connect the island with the mainland, a big factor contributing to the island's relative isolation and rural character.
- The Heights Dock at Point Vashon on the northern end of the island has ferry service to Southworth, Fauntleroy, and downtown Seattle. Vehicle and passenger service is offered to Fauntleroy Terminal in West Seattle and Southworth and passenger only service is offered to downtown Seattle.
- The Tahlequah Ferry Terminal on the southern end of the island has ferry service to Point Defiance in Tacoma.
Vashon Municipal Airportphone: +1 206-463-3142small airport for private planes
By boatVashon Island is extremely convenient when exploring Puget Sound located between major harbors in Tacoma, Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula. However not much guest moorage is available so its best to plan ahead.
Quartermaster Marinaphone: +1 206 463-3624address: 23824 Vashon Hwy SWThe marina has little guest moorage but it is available.
Quartermaster Yacht Clubphone: +1 206-463-3309just north of the marina, has facilities available to members of reciprocal yacht clubs
By carMost people experience the island by car with the Vashon Hwy SW being the main north south travel route through the island, however don't be afraid to get off this road and experience the less traveled side roads, especially roads that offer views of the water.
By bikeAlthough Vashon is popular with bicyclists, the hills can be intimidating for inexperienced riders and the sometimes tight roads make sharing the road a challenge. The Vashon Highway has ample space for bikers along its shoulder however due to the large amounts of car traffic this might be less desirable for some bikers.
Blake Island State ParkVashon Island is a popular launching point for this nearby state park that was the birthplace of Chief Seattle and still offers Native American dancing for visitors.
Bike in a TreeA bike swallowed up in a tree. This is the actual bike in a tree woven into the story "Red Ranger Came Calling" by Berkeley Breathed
Robinson Point Park and Lighthouseaddress: 3705 SW Pt. Robinson Rd., Dockton, WAA 10 acre shoreline park with a lighthouse. There are a few hiking trails and picnic tables. The keeper's quarters of the lighthouse have been restored and are available for weekly rental.
Sea kayakingSea kayaking can be a rewarding way to explore the islands miles of coastline allowing the paddler a closer and slower look at their surroundings and making Vashon one a popular areas to kayak in Puget Sound. Thick forests of majestic pine and deciduous trees and hundreds of creeks and estuaries dot the coastline. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites while the occasional viewing of an Orca or Grey Whale is not out of the question.
Kayak trailsOrganized trails offer overnight camping options and maps of appropriate and scenic travel destinations.
Cascadia Marine TrailThis inland sea trail is a National Recreation Trail and designated one of only 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House. Suitable for day or multi-day trips, the Cascadia Marine Trail has over 50 campsites to visit. People can boat to the campsites from many public and private launch sites or shoreline trailheads Vashon Island.
phone: +1 206 463-9602address: 8900 SW Harbor DrSeason Rentals May through September, lessons and group excursions.
Scuba diving the cold waters of Puget Sound takes a bit more gear and training than other warm water locations, but the rewards are incredible. The area contains some of the best diving in the world and many areas are accessible from the Vashon Island. Many dive sites are completely covered with colorful sea creatures that defy description. Giant Pacific Octopus are common, along with friendly wolf eels. Colorful sponges, sea cucumbers, sea stars, soft corals, anemones and fish can be seen on nearly every dive. The state offers a guide to parks with launch sites HERE
Vashon Pharmacyphone: +1 206 463-9118address: 17617 Vashon Hwy SWIt's not just a pharmacy. Vashon Pharmacy is more like a huge gift shop.
phone: +1 206 463-1800address: 17601 SW Vashon HwyA nice restaurant in the oldest commercial building on Vashon
phone: +1 206-463-5959address: 17618 Vashon Hwy SWFormerly known as Bishop's, The Red Bicycle is a local hangout with decent beer and live music on the weekends
phone: +1 206-463-0940address: 17611 Vashon Hwy SWIslanders call this location Sporties. It is a bar commonly filled with members of the elderly community.
address: 16529 91st Avenue SWPeaceful quiet retreat
phone: +1 206-463-9602address: 3705 SW Pt. Robinson Rd., Dockton, WA
phone: +1 206-463-2069address: 17707 100th Avenue SWVashon Island is actually within King County and benefits from King Counties well developed library system and has many resources available including wifi.