NAS Whidbey IslandCommunity
Now that you have orders to NAS Whidbey Island, you will be joining more than 7,200 military men and women, along with 2,400 federal and contract civilians.
NAS Whidbey is actually composed of two bases 5 miles apart: the original Seaplane Base, on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island and Ault Field, on the island’s western shore, looking out at the magnificent Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands.
Whidbey Island is about 35 miles long and is ranked as the fourth-longest and fourth-largest island in the contiguous United States. Here you will find abundant recreation possibilities, from boating, hiking and biking to hunting and fishing.
USO SeaTac Center
The SeaTac Center serves military and their families at SeaTac International Airport with a nursery, sleeping facilities, showers, free snack bar, comprehensive travel information and assistance and a lounge area that includes a big-screen TV, Xbox games, Internet access and a library. It’s on the airport mezzanine level and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information call 206-246-1908 or visit www.usopsa.org.
How to Get Here
From SeaTac International Airport
The Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle provides transportation from SeaTac International Airport to all communities on Whidbey Island. Stops are conveniently located near State Route 20 and State Route 525 at various mini-marts and service stations. The trip takes two hours and 15 minutes to downtown Oak Harbor and is even faster to Coupeville, Greenbank, Freeland, Bayview, Langley and Clinton.
Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle travels on the Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry and has “first-on/first-off” priority boarding just like vanpools and carpools to ensure on-time arrivals at SeaTac Airport.
For schedule and advance reservation, call 360-679-4003 or toll free 877-679-4003 or visit www.seatacshuttle.com.
By highway from the south, drive north on Interstate 5 to the Whidbey Island/Mukilteo Ferry Exit 182. Proceed north on State Route 525 to Mukilteo and board a Washington State Ferry bound for Clinton.
From the Olympic Peninsula, take State Route 101 to State Route 20. Drive east to Port Townsend and ride the Washington State Ferry to Coupeville Terminal.
From the east and north, follow Interstate 5 to Exit 230 in Burlington and continue west on State Route 20 onto the island across Deception Pass Bridge.
From Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, take a 30-minute ferry ride to Coupeville Terminal, 4 miles southwest of Coupeville. From Mukilteo, north of Seattle, a 20-minute ferry ride takes you to Clinton, Whidbey’s southernmost community.
The air station is about 20 minutes from the ferry landing. Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
Island Transit provides fare-free bus service throughout Island County. For bus route information, visit www.islandtransit.org or call 360-678-7771.