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Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation

The trip was outstanding. It's now the only way I want to travel. Joe and Adrienne were so informative on the islands, I learned a great deal about the places we were touring. They were also excellent cyclists and learned a lot about cycling too. The whole experience was incredible! "
-Nancy Goldman

Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation

Our Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation includes 3-6 days of kayaking in whale territory along the shores of the San Juan Islands, paddling at the base of rocky cliffs and drifting by pebbled beaches. We search for seals, porpoises, bald eagles and other marine life while weaving along small remote islands. The 4-6 day trips include day trips to Orcas Island and/or Lopez Island. We also offer an optional whale watch cruise for all our guests. We will create for you a delicious picnic lunch spread. In the mornings and evenings, you can explore the town on your own for breakfasts and dinners (not included). Accommodations range from village condos, economy inn rooms, or an island home that we will rent for your group. This tour is based each night on beautiful San Juan Island. We will take care of all of the details so all you have to do is plan to have fun!

Length: These tours range from 3-6 days in length.

Includes: We provide all budget accommodations, lunch everyday ++, beverages*, transportation, kayak gear and an optional whale watching tour. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, money for breakfasts/dinners, a willingness to learn, and a sense of adventure. Please note that breakfasts and dinners ar not included in the tour price. Some rooms may have shared bathrooms.
*We provide a beverage of your choice for our happy hour.
++We do not provide lunch on the layover day during a 6 day trip

Accommodations: Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation Kayak Tours include staying at the Earthbox Inn and Spa, Birdrock Hotel, San Juan Property Management island home or a small inn on San Juan Island. We will find the best affordable accommodations that are available at the time of your booking. Some rooms may share a bathroom.

No experience is necessary.

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Recommended to bring:

    • T-shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
    • Personal clothing & toiletries
    • Money for breakfasts and dinners
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Water resistant camera
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Pants or shorts
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

It’s easy! Just leave your car parked in Anacortes and walk on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor where we will pick you up in our shuttle and take you to our private kayak docks.

Already going to be here? We are happy to pick you up at your accommodation in Friday Harbor or you can meet us at office on Spring street.

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long of a drive is San Juan Island from Seattle?

    We are about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then a beautiful 1 hour 20 minute ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Arrive to the Anacortes ferry terminal about 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5 to 2 hours before scheduled departure time if you are bringing your car to San Juan Island. We have a shuttle from the ferry in Friday Harbor to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where our tours depart from, for those who wish to leave their cars at the Anacortes ferry terminal. For ferry fees and schedules visit the Washington State Ferries website. You can also fly to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, click on Kenmore Air & San Juan Airlines

  • Do you take beginners?

    Yes. All of our tours are designed with the beginner in mind. On all of our tours we give a safety & kayak lesson. All of our tours are guided so you will have an instructor near you the whole time.

  • What happens if there is a single person or an odd numbered group?

    We use tandem (double) kayaks for all of our San Juan Island tours. If there is an odd number then one person will be in a kayak with a guide or someone from another odd number party.

  • Can you accommodate my food requirements on your multi-day tours?

    Yes. We will send you a questionnaire when you make your reservation and our guides will plan accordingly.

  • Will I see whales on my tour?

    Our tours are located in the area that whales are most commonly seen but we can't guarantee them. The resident J, K and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.

  • What kinds of wildlife could we see?

    Some of the local flora and fauna are Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, Pacific Harbor Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's Porpoise, Great Blue Herons, Ochre Sea Stars, Blood Stars, Pacific Madrones, Douglas-firs, Western Cedars, Bull Kelp forests and Eel Grass beds.

Casual Lodging Kayak Vacation Schedule:

3-Day/2-Night - $1080 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks in Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated accommodations on San Juan Island and help point you in the right direction for a delicious dinner in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: We will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Lunch will be on a remote beach looking over the waters of the Haro Straight toward British Columbia. Today's paddle will take us past Roche Harbor and along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass, back to our docks in Snug Harbor. Whale watching on the restored 1941 Navy vessel, the Odyssey, is an option for you today as well. The whale watching trip departs in the afternoon, leaving time for a short morning paddle or a scenic island hike.

Day 3: Today we enjoy our final day together and head to Jacksons beach to paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

4-Day/3-Night - $1480 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks in Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated accommodations on San Juan Island and help point you in the right direction for a delicious dinner in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: We will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Lunch will be on a remote beach looking over the waters of the Haro Straight toward British Columbia. Today's paddle will take us past Roche Harbor and along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass, back to our docks in Snug Harbor. Whale watching on the restored 1941 Navy vessel, the Odyssey, is an option for you today as well. The whale watching trip departs in the afternoon, leaving time for a short morning paddle or a scenic island hike.

Day 3: We will head to the ferry for a day of kayaking around the Wasp Islands off the West side of Orcas Island. The Wasp Islands are a beautiful cluster of islands just outside of Deer Harbor, they are the perfect place to island hop looking for all of our local flora and fauna. We will visit the Nature Conservancy owned, Yellow Island, to admire the native prickly pear and many other native plant species they have preserved. We will catch a ferry back to San Juan Island that evening in time for you to enjoy a dinner out in Friday Harbor.

Day 4: Today we enjoy our final day together and head to Jacksons beach to paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes in the mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

5-Day/4-Night - $1880 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks in Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated accommodations on San Juan Island and help point you in the right direction for a delicious dinner in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: We will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Lunch will be on a remote beach looking over the waters of the Haro Straight toward British Columbia. Today's paddle will take us past Roche Harbor and along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass, back to our docks in Snug Harbor. Whale watching on the restored 1941 Navy vessel, the Odyssey, is an option for you today as well. The whale watching trip departs in the afternoon, leaving time for a short morning paddle or a scenic island hike.

Day 3: Today's adventure will take us to the ferry for a day of kayaking around the Wasp Islands off the West side of Orcas Island. The Wasp Islands are a beautiful cluster of islands just outside of Deer Harbor, they are the perfect place to island hop looking for all of our local flora and fauna. We will visit the Nature Conservancy owned, Yellow Island, to admire the native prickly pear and many other native plant species they have preserved. We will catch a ferry back to San Juan Island that evening in time for you to enjoy a dinner out in Friday Harbor.

Day 4: We will head back to the ferry for our adventure to Lopez Island. Lopez is a beautiful island known for its rolling hills and spectacular vistas. We will shuttle to the South end of Lopez admiring the views along the way before putting in at Mackay Harbor for our day of kayaking. Our paddle will take us though the Iceberg Islands keeping an eye out for the amazing fauna that inhabits these islands. We will shuttle back to the ferry at the end of the day to enjoy our happy hour before heading back to Friday Harbor.

Day 5: Today we enjoy our final day together and head to Jacksons beach to paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes in the mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

6-Day/5-Night - $2280 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks in Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated accommodations on San Juan Island and help point you in the right direction for a delicious dinner in Friday Harbor.

Day 2: We will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. Lunch will be on a remote beach looking over the waters of the Haro Straight toward British Columbia. Today's paddle will take us past Roche Harbor and along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass, back to our docks in Snug Harbor.

Day 3: Today's adventure will take us to the ferry for a day of kayaking around the Wasp Islands off the West side of Orcas Island. The Wasp Islands are a beautiful cluster of islands just outside of Deer Harbor, they are the perfect place to island hop looking for all of our local flora and fauna. We will visit the Nature Conservancy owned, Yellow Island, to admire the native prickly pear and many other native plant species they have preserved. We will catch a ferry back to San Juan Island that evening in time for you to enjoy a dinner out in Friday Harbor.

Day 4: Today is your day to rest your body and relax. Sleep in, enjoy our fresh island air, look for agates at South Beach, go for a whale watch or spend the day exploring the shops and docks of Friday Harbor. Your guide will meet you in the morning and you can decide what you want to do today. Whale watching on our sister vessel, the Odyssey, is an option for the afternoon. It's a great way to see more of the islands and hopefully catch up with some of our famous resident Orca whales. Don't forget to pack your camera today!

Day 5: We will head back to the ferry for our adventure to Lopez Island. Lopez is a beautiful island known for its rolling hills and spectacular vistas. We will shuttle to the South end of Lopez admiring the views along the way before putting in at Mackay Harbor for our day of kayaking. Our paddle will take us though the Iceberg Islands keeping an eye out for the amazing fauna that inhabits these islands. We will shuttle back to the ferry at the end of the day to enjoy our happy hour before heading back to Friday Harbor.

Day 6: Today we enjoy our final day together and head to Jacksons Beach to paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes in the mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.
877-732-7877

Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person based on double occupancy in US$.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

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