Neah Bay Travel Guide

The Makah Coast Race and the SBP Surf Camp both are located at Hobuck Beach, which is by Neah Bay on the very NW corner of Washington State and the lower 48. Use this Neah Bay travel guide to learn how to get there, where to stay, eat, find supplies and what to do. Hobuck is known as a surf spot for paddlers and surfers, great fishing for kayak fishermen and a jumping off spot for coastal paddling tours.

Part of the Makah Indian Reservation, Makah Bay borders the coastal section of the Olympic National Park and Shi Shi Beach. This is a very beautiful place known not only for its surfing but also wilderness beach hikes, mountain biking, empty beaches, beach combing and visiting the NW point, Cape Flattery. In Neah Bay, the Makah Tribal Museum is worth a peek. See full size Indian coastal canoes and a skeleton of a gray whale.

Travel Directions & Tips

Hobuck is 5 hours from Seattle. Take the Kingston or Bainbridge ferries. Or if you live south, take the Narrows Bridge then head north. Aim for Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. Directions to Hobuck Beach Resort

Ferry Tips:
Use WSDOT to check schedules, real time status, cameras of lines etc. Early is best to avoid lines. Or late at night. 

Tip: Bremerton ferry rarely has a full line even at peak times. 

Port Angeles or ‘PA’ is your last major stop for big grocery stores, camping gear, etc. We use Swain’s and Brown’s in PA for camping equipment. If grabbing a quick bite, Frugals is good for a drive-thru. Sit-down places include Barhop, the Next Door and Spruce. Coffee at Blackbird.

Along the Way, Get Paddling and Surf gear at the Disco Bay Outdoor Exchange on Hwy 101 at Discovery Bay (just after the Port Townsend cut-off, before Sequim).  Or in Port Angeles, Sound Bikes and Kayaks and Adventures Through Kayaking. North By Northwest for surf specific gear.

From Port Angeles..
Take the Hwy 101 west, then Hwy 112 to go along the Strait of Juan de Fuca where there’s a few surfing beaches along the way. Visit Salt Creek Rec Area if you have time. We find this route to be a tad quicker than the 101.

Or. Take the Hwy 101 west to Lake Crescent, also a beautiful route into the Oly National Park. Take a right at Sappho to Hwy 113, then the 112 at Sekiu to Neah Bay.

Once you Arrive in Neah Bay..

Purchase a Recreation Pass at any of the stores. Or you can get it at the gas station and Hobuck Beach Resort. Required for access there, like a Discovery Pass. It’ll last the rest of the year. Get last minute supplies at Washburne’s StoreMore Neah Bay businesses.

Hobuck Beach Resort.
There’s cabins and camping. Call for cabin availability, it fills quickly. No reservations for camping.  Resort

Camping is first come first serve in a big grassy field and in the trees aligning the beach. It’s open to all sorts of camping from tents and campers to vans and homemade tent structures. RV’s go in an area to the south of the field. Recommend a tarp if there’s some moisture, a rope to dry gear. Fires ok if fire ban not on. There’s restrooms, outhouses, wifi, power, water taps for cooking and cleaning gear. 

Tip: Things move slower in Neah Bay, like island time. Be patient if services aren’t up to the pace you’re used to.  

Alternative Lodging Options

Here’s a few lodging options in and near Neah Bay which is 3 miles from Hobuck.

At Neah Bay: 


More Neah Bay Options

Down the road about 10-15min from Neah Bay:




Port Angeles is 1.5hrs away, so an easy day trip. Many more options for lodging there.

Food in Neah Bay –

Take Home Fish Company – Amazing smoked salmon; Linda’s Wood Fired Pizza, Pat’s Place (and Indian tacos), Warmhouse. Get coffee at the Cedar Shack Espresso. Washburne’s Grocery has deli items.

Alternative Paddling Option

Sooes River is south of Hobuck a few minutes. Park at the day use area north of Bahobohosh Point, or the pull-outs at the river mouth area. Paddle up the river – flat estuary, easy paddling.

Walking Trips at Neah Bay

-Sooes River mouth is an interesting area around Bahobohosh Point with interesting beaches. Drive there or walk from Hobuck.
-Cape Flattery trail – Most NW point. See Tatoosh Island from there, scenic trail.
-Shi Shi Beach – Rain forest trail in old growth cedars to a beautiful sea stack laden beach. Very beautiful. 45min to beach.


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