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Family San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

Today is my first day back to work after getting home from Seattle and I can't believe that two days ago I was kayaking in the San Juan Islands. We had a wonderful time kayaking - all of us. Your staff were awesome and the tour was great. We had beautiful weather as well. You made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
Linda Gowans

Family Kayak Inn to Inn Summary

Does your ideal family vacation include sea kayaking along rocky coastlines... paddling between small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters, having the amazing opportunity to kayak with killer whales (orca whales) passing by in the distance and at the end of the day retreating to the most luxurious inns and dining at the best restaurants in the San Juan Islands? Let Crystal Seas take care of all the logistical details and provide you with all the activities and fun you will want on your next vacation!

Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.

Includes: We provide all accommodations, transportation, kayak gear, breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner* and a happy hour beverage of your choice after the days activity**. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure.

*Our 4, 5 and 6 day tours allow one night for the guests to explore town on their own. This evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.  

**We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages with dinner.

Accommodations: Our Family Inn to Inn Kayak Tours include staying at the Tucker House and the Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island and Outlook Inn and Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest as we choose the best of the best. Enjoy breakfast at your inn with ingredients from local farms. If your expectations are high then this tour will exceed them!

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.

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:

    • Personal clothing & toiletries
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Camera
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

If you are traveling by car it is best to leave your vehicle parked at the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. It is best to arrive 45-60 minutes before your sailing to allow time for parking your car, getting to the ferry and purchasing your ticket.

Make sure to check your confirmation packet for meeting time and location.
 

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

Gourmet Meals:

  • Fresh

    All meals are prepared fresh for you by your guides.

  • Local

    We support our local community and source many of our ingredients from farmers and providers right here in the San Juan Islands.

  • Organic

    Eco friendly, sustainable, and GMO/pesticide free. A way of life for many islanders.

  • Personalized

    Please inform us of your dietary preferences so we can prepare your custom meals. We can accommodate all eating preferences and allergies

*This is a small sampling of our many meals. Exact meals may vary based on dietary restrictions, allergies, food and beverage availability, trip duration and guide choices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will I fit in the kayak gear?

    Here’s a good way to get an idea if you will fit in the kayak. Most people of average body weight and height can fit into the kayak. All of our kayaks are doubles so there is more space that one might think. NOT SURE? PLEASE DO THIS: Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of the widest part of your body (hips/stomach/chest).

    Our SPRAY SKIRTS fits up to 43 inches including clothing, around the largest part of the midriff. The spray skirt is what you will wear around your torso. It connects to the kayak cockpit to keep you dry. You can wear it above or below your chest. There is a string to synch it to your body. If you can comfortably fit into it, you should be good to wear the spray skirt.

    Our COCKPIT dimensions are 31" Long x 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep.

    The cockpit is the opening area to get into the kayak. You will need to be able to sit down past it to get onto the kayak seat. Remember that your body parts can move and the boat is fiberglass so if you have hips that are around these dimensions, you can typically still sit into the kayak. What we want is for you to be able to safely exit the kayak. *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might not fit.

  • Am I too tall?

    The kayaks are most comfortable for people who are 6’ 4” ft. and under. If you are above this height, you may not feel comfortable. We can put tall people in the front of the kayak to give them more leg room.
    *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might be too tall.

  • 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 kayak route offers one of the best opportunities in the world to see wild orca whales from a kayak because we paddle 1-2 days (depending on trip type) in a federally designated whale habitat. Since we can’t guarantee that they will show up on every kayak trip, we offer the option to increase the odds to over 90% by spending one afternoon aboard a whale watch cruise aboard the Odyssey. 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.

  • Are all meals and drinks included in the cost of the trip?

    We cover all meals on our 2 and 3 day trips, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. On our 4, 5 and 6 day trips we allow one night for our guests to explore Friday Harbor on thier own, this one dinner is not included in the cost of the trip. Our guides will give you some suggestions of places that are popular among the locals. We provide all our guests with refeshing, non alchohlic, beverages throughout the tour. If you have a favorite drink that you would like us to have on hand, please note your favorite drink in the questionairre you return to us. Our guides will also provide the group with a 'happy hour' beverage after the days activity. We provide Washington state wines or if you perfer beer, we can pick up a cold 6 pack of your favorite Washington variety.

Family San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Schedule:

Family 2-Day/1-Night - $780 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Circumnavigate Henry Island
We will meet your family at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island.  Here we kayak north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer coastline which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge Bald Eagles nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs.  This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then on into Mitchell Bay.  

Day 2  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

Every Saturday-Sunday from April through 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.
360.378.4223

Family 3-Day/2-Night - $1280 per person

Itinerary - Family 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Friday-Sunday):

Days 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to Jacksons Beach. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Today you will 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. This evening we will dine at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and fantastic dining experiences.

Day 2  Circumnavigate Henry Island
Today we enjoy a delicious breakfast and then head to the west side of San Juan Island.  Here we kayak north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer coastline which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge Bald Eagles nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs.  This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then on into Mitchell Bay.  

Day 3  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.



We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

Itinerary - Family 3 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Saturday-Monday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1 Circumnavigate Henry Island 
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on the west side of San Juan Island.  Here we kayak north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer coastline which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge bald eagle's nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs.  This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then on into Mitchell Bay.  

Day 2  Kayak San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

Day 3  Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
This morning we shuttle the group to Jacksons Beach. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Today you will 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. 

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

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.
360.378.4223

Family 4-Day/3-Night - $1780 per person

Itinerary - Family 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Monday - Thursday):

Days 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Circumnavigate Henry Island
We will meet your family at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. This route will lead us past a bird sanctuary and into prime orca habitat. We will stop for a picnic lunch on Posey Island and then weave along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass until we reach our docks. Tonight we will take you to experience Northwest cuisine at its finest at one of our top restaurant picks in Friday Harbor.

Day 2  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 3  Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
After breakfast, we hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island. The ferry ride lasts about 40 minutes and offers beautiful views of San Juan Channel and the Wasp Islands.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.

Day 4  Kayak the Wasp Islands
After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  This route is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely paddling in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. This is harbor porpoise territory so stay on the lookout for marine mammals! Your guides will make you an amazing picnic lunch along the way.



We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

Itinerary - Family 4 Day Kayak Inn Tour (Tuesday - Friday):

Day 1 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
We will meet your family at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor.  This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 2  Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island 
After breakfast, we hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island. The ferry ride lasts about 40 minutes and offers beautiful views of San Juan Channel and the Wasp Islands.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.

Day 3  Kayak the Wasp Islands
After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  This route is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely paddling in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. This is harbor porpoise territory so stay on the lookout for marine mammals! Your guides will make you an amazing picnic lunch along the way.

Day 4  Kayak the shores of Lopez Island
For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl as Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After today’s paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry where we say goodbye until we see you on your next island adventure!

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

Every Tuesday-Friday and Monday-Thursday 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.
360.378.4223

Family 5-Day/4-Night - $2180 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Circumnavigate Henry Island
We will meet your family at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. Here we kayak north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer coastline which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge Bald Eagles nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs.  This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then on into Mitchell Bay.  .

Day 2  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch Cruise
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.          

Day 3  Kayak the north shore of Orcas Island
After breakfast, we hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island. The ferry ride lasts about 40 minutes and offers beautiful views of San Juan Channel and the Wasp Islands.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.

Day 4  Kayak the Wasp Islands
After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  This route is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely paddling in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. This is harbor porpoise territory so stay on the lookout for marine mammals! Your guides will make you an amazing picnic lunch along the way.

Day 5  Kayak the shores of Lopez Island
For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl as Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After today’s paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry where we say goodbye until we see you on your next island adventure!
 

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

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.
360.378.4223

Family 6-Day/5-Night - $2580 per person

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1  Kayak the east side of San Juan Island
Your guides will greet you at our kayak shop in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to Jacksons Beach. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Today you will 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. This evening we will dine at the one of the top restaurants well known in our community for incredible local ingredients and fantastic dining experiences.

Day 2  Circumnavigate Henry Island
Today we enjoy a delicious breakfast and then head to the west-side of San Juan Island.  Here we kayak north to start our circumnavigation of Henry Island. We follow the outer coastline which is orca whale territory. Along the way we will see a huge Bald Eagles nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs.  This afternoon we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. We paddle back through Mosquito Pass; a sheltered waterway for kayakers, and then on into Mitchell Bay. 

Day 3  Kayak the west side of San Juan Island or Whale Watch
This morning’s breakfast will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We will either shuttle you to the beautiful western side of San Juan Island for a day of sea kayaking or you may choose to go on a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey.

The day of kayaking includes a kayak safety lesson before you begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. As we journey down the coast, we'll keep a lookout for marine mammals surfacing above the water as we are in orca whale territory. About halfway through the trip, we 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.

If you choose the whale watch boat, you will spend the afternoon cruising the San Juan Islands aboard a comfortable classic motor yacht. You can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge of the local whales and wildlife. Afterwards, your guide will bring you back to Friday Harbor.

*Dinner is not included tonight giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Day 4  Kayak the north shore of San Juan Island
After breakfast, we hop onto the ferry to Orcas Island. The ferry ride lasts about 40 minutes and offers beautiful views of San Juan Channel and the Wasp Islands.  Once on Orcas Island, we will shuttle you to North Beach and paddle along the Northern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch.

Day 5  Kayak the Wasp Islands
After a delicious breakfast we will shuttle everyone to Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.  This route is simply breathtaking. It winds along a group of very small islands called the Wasp Islands. Today is spent leisurely paddling in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. This is harbor porpoise territory so stay on the lookout for marine mammals! Your guides will make you an amazing picnic lunch along the way.

Day 6  Kayak the shores of Lopez Island
For the last day of your tour we will take the Washington State ferry to scenic Lopez Island. On our kayak trip today, we will explore the calm shores of Lopez Island. Lopez is famous for its rural roads, but its coast line is even better. Keep an eye out for an array of marine mammals and the plentiful water fowl as Lopez is home to the tufted puffin. After today’s paddle we will drop you off in time to catch your plane or ferry where we say goodbye until we see you on your next island adventure!

Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise Option Included! During each of these tours we give you the option to substitute a kayaking day for a whale watch wildlife cruise aboard the Odyssey. Here, as you are cruising the San Juan Islands, you can sit back and relax in comfort while the personable onboard naturalists share their depth of knowledge on the local whales and wildlife..

We have not finalized our 2020 trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

Every Sunday-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.
360.378.4223

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.

RELAXED CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

61 or more days before the trip date, full refund of all payments less a $30 per person cancellation fee. 31-60 days before the trip date, guests will be charged 50% of the entire trip cost. 0-30 days before the trip date, guests will be charged 100% of the entire trip cost and no refunds will be made. All cancellations must be in writing and charged amount is determined upon the date of receipt.

DEPOSIT POLICY

We ask for a 50% deposit when you make your reservation for a trip that is more than 60 days in the future. If the trip is 60 days or less in the future, then full payment upon making your reservation is required.

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