Griffin Bay Full-Day Tour

sea kayaking san juans islands washington stateWe’ve got a serene, remote day paddle and spectacular hike for those of you who are fit, active in the outdoors, adventurous and want to explore further than our half-day trip allows!  No couch potatoes allowed! With only a short drive to Griffin Bay, we don’t waste time on the road!  This trip offers a fantastic day of paddling, hiking and wildlife viewing with no one else around!  We are a small, local company that has been sea kayaking here for 36 years, and it shows in our knowledge of  the “secret places” to go!

Departing at 8:30 AM daily from our Friday Harbor kiosk, we spend a day exploring the secret coves and beaches and paddling the protected waters of Griffin Bay and American Camp National Park.  Hidden lagoons, deep forest and plenty of wildlife highlight this one day adventure! The bay and its’ picturesque beaches abound with stellar sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, Dall’s and Harbor porpoise, river otters and migratory birds such as scoters, loons, harlequin ducks and mergansers.  Listen for the chatter of belted kingfishers, and the prehistoric honk of the great blue heron.

At the south end of Griffin Bay, we will go ashore at Third Lagoon for a mile hike through deep rain forest and open prairie to Cattle Point Lighthouse! Here we will dangle our legs over the edge of the dune and enjoy a scrumptious lunch with mountains and ocean as far as the eye can see!  Keep an eye out for stellar sea lions, porpoise,  fox, eagles and hawks.  The views of Mt. Baker, Cattle Pass, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains make for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss!  Your experienced, fun and friendly guide will make your trip safe, educational and memorable! These trips run mid-April through September and fill up fast so reserve early!  Reservations required!



~We use only quality, state-of-the-art, fiberglass sea kayaks and gear!  No wet, slow and uncomfortable plastic boats or heavy, plastic paddles are used on our tours!

~We give you an extra hour on the water – just a five minute ride to our beach!  We care about our carbon footprint!

~Complimentary, scrumptious lunch from Spring Street Deli!

~Paddle a tranquil bay and hike to an amazing viewpoint!

~Affordable price!

~Fun, Friendly and experienced guides(average age is 31 years)!


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Cost – $110 per person plus sales tax.

Duration – 6 – 7 hours.  Trips meet/ depart from our Sea Kayak Center kiosk on the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks up the hill from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal daily at 8:30 AM;  return at 2:30 – 3:30 PM.  Look for our umbrellas and Sea Kayak Center signs in front of The Barking Bird pet store, next to Café Demeter and across from Susie’s Mopeds.

Distance – 9 miles by kayak;  3 mile hike.  Click on thumbnail above to enlarge route map of our Griffin Bay Full Day Tour.

Difficulty – moderate to hard.

Islands Explored – 5

Requirements – All participants must be in average or better physical condition and have the muscle tone and stamina to handle conditions where a prolonged period of strong paddling is needed.  This trip is physically challenging.

Minimum Age – 14 (With limited space for 10-13 year olds in a triple kayak. Call us before booking. 360-378-4436)

Wildlife You May See – stellar and California sea lions; harbor seals; Dall’s and harbor porpoise; river otters; mink; bald eagles; osprey; many other migratory and local bird species.

What We Supply – all boating equipment including ThermaRest seat cushions; complimentary dry bags; rain ponchos; delicious and nutritious picnic lunches; services of an friendly, experienced guide; transportation to launch site and return; thorough and professional instruction at the beach.

san juan islandsWhat You Bring – rain coat(we have rain ponchos, if you need one);  water shoes if you’ve got them ie. sandals w/ heal strap, ie. Tevas, Chacos, Crocs, etc. or wet suit booties, aqua socks or old tennis shoes; one liter of water per person; layered clothing(Capilene, polypropylene, fleece, etc.);  tennis shoes for hiking; day pack or fanny pack for hiking; shade hat; sunscreen; lip salve; snacks to share with the group; camera; binoculars.

Cancellations – With notice 7 days or more prior to trip date a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. With less than 7 days before departure entire payment is retained.