This year (2017), Vendovi Island opened on April 1 for the season, which will extend through September 30. Open hours are 10am–6pm Thursday through Monday. The preserve is CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season.
We’re welcoming new caretakers this year, Elaina and Thyatira Thompson. Elaina is a Washington native with background in the marine services industry. Thyatira (aka TJ) is from New Orleans and has worn many hats, from farmhand to math teacher to professional keyboard player. It’s great to have them aboard!
If you’re visiting Vendovi by private boat, you’re welcome to tie up to the 70-foot dock inside the breakwater in the north cove. Dock space is first-come, first-served. Please pull forward as far as you can to make room for others. We ask that you observe a 3-hour time limit on the dock, especially on busy weekend days when we have LOTS of visitors vying for space.
It’s also possible to anchor outside the breakwater and dinghy into the cove, either beaching your dinghy or tying up to the west end of the dock. Anchoring inside the cove is not permitted, to prevent damaging sensitive eelgrass habitat. Kayakers are encouraged to pull their boats up onto the beach below the caretaker house.
There is no regularly scheduled commercial boat access to Vendovi, but you can get there by arranging water-taxi service from various charter providers. A few that we know of are Island Express Charters (out of Skyline Marina in Anacortes), Outer Island Excursions (based on Orcas Island), and San Juan Cruises (out of Bellingham).
Here is a downloadable map and guidelines to aid your enjoyment of Vendovi Island Preserve, a private nature preserve that is open to the public thanks to the generous support of San Juan Preservation Trust members.