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Multi-Day Kayaking & Bicycling Camping Expeditions

I can’t thank you enough for making our vacation so fantastic! I hope somewhere we just might meet again. Enjoy life, have fun, and best wishes for lots of good adventures!
Julie Jones
Our guides John and Kelly were both wonderful. John's knowledge of the San Juan Islands' history, flora and fauna is amazing. Kelly is clearly a kayaking pro!
Meredith Radow

Kayak & Bike Camping Summary

Hey campers…here’s the ultimate multi-sport combination for the active at heart. It’s a vacation that includes not only sea kayaking, but includes bicycling the islands as well. Sea kayak one day among small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters and orcas…then cycle the next day along unpopulated roads past rolling pastures, dotted with sheep and along steep, breathtaking cliffs. Each night our guides will impress you with their culinary talents; preparing food farmed right here in the San Juan Islands.  In the evening you get to relax at beautiful lakeside campgrounds and enjoy camping at its finest with our top of the line gear. 

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

Few people get to experience each island’s unique style the way that you will. This trip takes you kayaking along the evergreen coastline of San Juan Island’s western side and cycling along pastoral roads that lead to views of the sea and snowcapped Olympic Peninsula. Orcas Island offers Moran State Park with its  panoramic view on top of Mount Constitution, lakes and waterfalls to swim in, and old growth trees to sleep under.  Lopez Island is the smallest of the major San Juan Islands and offers a great route with spectacular beaches. You will get to know these islands inside and out while cycling and kayaking with us.

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.

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
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Water resistant camera
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Pants or shorts
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Hat
  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Vineyards
  • Cattle Point
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park
  • Sculpture Park

Times & Distances:

We shuttle you from our shop in Friday Harbor at 10 AM on the first day of your trip to our launch area and finish no later than 4:00 PM on your last day. We are happy to accommodate any needs that require variation from our normal schedule including any dietary needs or alterations in return times.

We paddle an average of 8-10 miles during each day which amounts to about 4 to 5 hours on the water.

We bicycle an average of 20-30 miles each day with help from a support van to give you a lift if you need one. Our routes run along the low-traffic country roads, allowing time to stop and check out the amazing views or visit a local art studio along the way.

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.
  • Breakfast

    Multi Grain Pancakes with a fresh berry compote and maple syrup. Local Goods Granola with a fresh fruit salad. A fantastic egg sandwich: Everything bagel, cream cheese, tomato, bacon, sprouts and cucumber. This tasty breakfast provides plenty of energy to get you through your morning activity!

  • Lunch

    Giovanni's on Bakery San Juan Bread: Fresh house made basil pesto, sliced peppered turkey, tomato, local greens and a thick slice of fresh mozzarella all on a slice of the unforgettable Giovanni loaf. Locally smoked salmon Caesar wraps fresh from the Friday Harbor fish market with local heirloom tomatoes from Mama Bird Farm. Local kale salad with mixed nuts, dried berries and fresh Quail Croft Goat Cheese dressed with Riesling vinaigrette from Local Goods. Oven fresh turkey with thin slices of brie, cranberry chipotle jam and a pile of sprouts layered between crusty sourdough bread from Bakery San Juan.

  • Dinner

    San Juan Pasta Company Spinach and Feta Ravioli topped with local vegetables in a tomato sauce. Fresh local Salmon selected by your guides from Friday Harbor Seafood and delicately cooked with garlic and fresh herbs. Served with a side of quinoa and wide rice, a seasonal vegetable and fresh green salad from Mama Bird Farm. Taco time! Fish or beef tacos with a fresh and light cabbage slaw packed full of local vegetables, Pablito's Salsa, fresh made guacamole topped with cilantro and fresh lime. This meal is an all time guide favorite and guaranteed to please our hungry camper.

*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.

Our excellent knowledgeable and friendly nature/multi-sport guides...

... we strongly believe that an outstanding guide can make the difference between a good trip and a fabulous trip, therefore we place a lot of emphasis on using the best guides available. We pride ourselves on our choice of guides. We choose guides who are people persons, friendly, knowledgeable, have a great attitude, are excellent leaders, great teachers and who love what they do.

No previous sea kayaking experience is required...
...we begin each of our tours with a thorough safety/kayak lesson to familiarize you with your equipment so that you are adequately prepared for your adventure. This lesson includes paddling technique, sea kayaking safety, loading and unloading of your sea kayak, becoming familiar with our safety gear and other helpful and necessary preparation for our expedition.

*Previous knowledge of bicycling is a must.

Small personal groups…
… a great trip involves many factors. One of these is the group size. A smaller group is safer on and off the water, allows for more interactions between the guides and guest and gives our guests a chance to know each other. Furthermore, we can also adjust and modify the trip to the individual desires and interests of the group, allowing our guests to participate in various activities ranging from birding to advanced kayaking to custom bicycle routes for more mileage to photography. For all these reasons and more we keep our regularly scheduled multi-day expedition group size to 10 guests.

At least two guides on all of our multi-day kayaking & bicycling expeditions groups of 6 or more…
… one of our guides will make your trip with us great, but two will make it even better. We have at least two guides on all of our multi-day expeditions groups of 6 or more. This makes our trips safer, more intimate and allows our guides to offer our guests more, such as an evening paddle or hike, additional paddling skill development and more local folklore.

Camping at it's finest…
…we know that after a day of bicycling you are ready to take a warm shower.  Because of this, we stay at handpicked campsites whether it's lakeside at Moran State Park on Orcas or Lakedale on San Juan Island.  Our sites give you that "camping in the great outdoors" experience that you are looking for. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will I fit in the kayak and 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 5 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 hour 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 our departure point. 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.

  • Are showers available on the camping kayaking & bicycling tours?

    Yes! We do have access to showers at our campsites.

  • 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. In the past few years we have seen a rise in the number of transient orca whales visiting the San Juan Islands.  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.

Select a Trip to View Itinerary & Availability

2-Day/1-Night trip

2-Day/1-Night

Day 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Sunday April-October

$499per person View Itinerary Book Now

3-Day/2-Night Friday-Sunday trip

3-Day/2-Night Friday-Sunday

Day 1 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Friday-Sunday April-October

$799per person View Itinerary Book Now

3-Day/2-Night Saturday-Monday trip

3-Day/2-Night Saturday-Monday

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Monday April-October

$799per person View Itinerary Book Now

4-Day/3-Night Monday-Thursday trip

4-Day/3-Night Monday-Thursday

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Thursday April-October

$1099per person View Itinerary Book Now

4-Day/3-Night Tuesday-Friday trip

4-Day/3-Night Tuesday-Friday

Day 1 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Tuesday-Friday April-October

$1099per person View Itinerary Book Now

5-Day/4-Night trip

5-Day/4-Night

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Friday April-October

$1399per person View Itinerary Book Now

6-Day/5-Night trip

6-Day/5-Night

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Sunday-Friday April-October

$1699per person View Itinerary Book Now

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.


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.