San Juan Island's Original Sea Kayak Outfitters & Guides Since 1980

4 Day Islands Adventurer

Our Four-Day Islands Adventurer is for those who really want to maximize their San Juan Islands experience and encounter as many local critters as absolutely possible!

You’ll explore the coastlines of more than 20 islands, large and small! You’ll paddle and sail your sea kayak up to 37 miles and see shores of awe-inspiring beauty and variation! We explore the rocky cliffs of Speiden Island rising hundreds of feet out of the ocean; the warm, sandy beaches and impenetrable forest of Henry Island; the spectacular hiking and vistas of Jones and Yellow Islands and American Camp National Park.

This is an ideal expedition for kayaking with orca whales(we spend a day and a half paddling and camping in prime orca whale habitat), stellar sea lions, humpback and minke whales, porpoise, otters and other marine mammals and to observe the varied flora and fauna of the San Juan Islands.

Four days gives you time to hone your sea kayaking skills, more opportunities to experience the joy of sea kayak sailing and to really get into the rhythm of a sea kayaking expedition. You will enjoy three spectacular and unique campsites, savor scrumptious cuisine and see breathtaking colors on our sunset hikes and paddles! Bioluminescence paddles are also a great way to end a full day of adventure!

Come explore our backyard with the oldest sea kayaking outfitter in the San Juan Islands! This trip fills up fast each month, so register soon!

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

 

Trip Facts

Cost: $695 per person.  A 50% deposit is due at time of booking with the balance charged 45 days prior to departure date.  If you are registering within 45 days of your trip date, full payment is required.  Thank you.
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Departure: 10:30 AM
Distances:  35 miles (7 miles, 12 miles, 10 miles, 6 miles on consecutive days).  Participants must be in good to excellent physical condition, experienced in the outdoors and able to paddle for sustained periods of time.
Islands Explored: 20
Minimum Age: 14 (kids must be able to interact well with adults, be physically fit and experienced in the outdoors)

2017 – June 17-20; July 15-18; August 4-7; September 16-19

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  • Orca whales
  • Humpback whales
  • Stellar and California sea lions
  • Harbor seals
  • Dall’s and harbor porpoise
  • River otters
  • Mink
  • Bald eagles
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Osprey
  • Many other migratory and local bird species
  • Pick-up at kiosk and return
  • Quality, fiberglass sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)
  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles
  • NRS PFD’s
  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts
  • ThermaRest seat cushions
  • Charts
  • Delicious and nutritious breakfasts and dinners
  • Two-person tents (singles will have a tent to themselves)
  • Nylon hammocks
  • Thorough kayak instruction on the beach
  • All cooking gear
  • Rain tarps
  • Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad (ThermaRest or comparable)
  • Lunches for each day
  • Layered clothing
  • Rain coat w/ hood (GoreTex or comparable)
  • Personal camping gear (headlamp, mess kit, etc.)

A detailed information packet and equipment list of the things you need to bring will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form.

Sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads are available for rent if you don’t wish to bring your own.

Day 1

– We begin at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk at 275 A Street on the morning of your tour. If you are on the ferry that morning, catch the 8:25 AM (Spring) or 9 AM (Summer) ferry from Anacortes. Upon arrival, please make your way immediately to our location. Please call if you have any questions.

We are located just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor. Follow East Street past ferry loading lanes, cross to The Hungry Clam, past Serendipity Used Books, and The Market Chef. We are on the corner of A and Nichols Street adjacent to Café Demeter. Look for our Sea Kayak Center signs and umbrellas inside the white, picket fence.

If you are on the island the night before your tour or coming off the ferry the morning of, please meet at our kiosk at 10:15 AM.

– Shuttle to Griffin Bay launch site for detailed instruction and packing

– Launch and paddle to Dinner Island and harbor seal colony

– Explore south to American Camp National Park and Griffin Bay Campground(camp)

– Set up camp, eat lunch

– Launch and paddle the pristine coastline of the national park

– Land at Third lagoon for hike to Cattle Point Lighthouse

– Enjoy vistas of Mt. Baker, Olympic Range, Cattle Pass, Vancouver Island and Strait of Juan de Fuca

– Back to kayaks and paddle to camp

– Delicious dinner and relax

– Enjoy short sunset paddle to Halftide Rocks

– Back to camp for campfire

Day 2

– Launch and cross to Pear Point then Turn Island for lunch

– Cross San Juan Channel to Shaw Island, Low Island, Wasp Islands and Yellow Island(hike)

– Cross to Jones Island(camp)

– Enjoy some much deserved hammock time and scrumptious dinner

– Leisurely walk to sunset viewpoint on mossy knoll

– Back to camp and campfire

Day 3

– Break camp

– Paddle across to Speiden Island, down north side to Speiden Bluff

– Cruise to Sentinel Island then cross Speiden Channel to Barren Island and Posey Island(camp)

– Set up camp, eat lunch and luxuriate in hammocks

– Launch kayaks for afternoon exploration of Henry Island’s west side(whale county)

– Return to camp for Mexican night cuisine

– Launch for leisurely sunset paddle and drift in Haro Strait(whale country)

– Back to camp for campfire

Day 4

– Break camp

– Circumnavigate Henry Island(whale country)

– Into Open Bay for sea glass hunting, horseshoes and lunch – Depart Henry Island, cross Mosquito Pass into Westcott Bay and Garrison Bay(British Camp National Park)

– Hike to British Camp and 7th largest maple tree in U.S. – Finish at our exclusive landing site on Westcott Bay

– Transport awaits you for scenic drive back to Friday Harbor in time to catch 4:15 PM(Spring) or 3:45 PM(Summer) ferry back to Anacortes or to drop at your accommodation in town

All meals are wholesome, delicious and nutritious and there is plenty of it!

  • Fresh garden salad with Newman’s Own dressings, roasted sunflower seeds, real bacon bits and parmesan cheese pasta and pesto fettucine, cracked wheat bread and butter and dessert.
  • Our original recipe clam chowder with sweet corn, sauteed onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots and diced clams, sourdough bread and butter and dessert.
  • Our signature world famous Baja Norte Burrito with toasted flour and corn tortillas, guacamole (bring Mexican attire), diced onion, cucumber, black olives, green pepper, jalapenos, chiles with sour cream, salsa casera and a squeeze of lime and dessert.

Breakfasts include gourmet pressed coffee (from San Juan Roasting Company), cocoa, fresh melons, sliced bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges along with yogurt, raisins, super nutty granola,  cinnamon bagels, cream cheese, jam and oatmeal with honey and cinnamon.  These get-up-and-go breakfasts allow us to get on the water in time to catch the tide or encounter a pod of whales.

If you have special dietary needs (vegan, veggie, gluten or dairy-free), we will be happy to work with you on alternative foods.

Our meals are fun and active!  You’ll enjoy every bite!

  • We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of these waters, coastlines and wildlife is unmatched!
  • 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!
  • Just a five minute ride to our launch beach. Paddle more and drive less!
  • Our carbon footprint is the least in the industry!
  • Affordable price!
  • Fun, friendly, knowledgeable and professional guides!
  • Complimentary storage for your luggage, bicycles and extra stuff!
  • Owners Sally and Tim greet and assist every guest upon arrival at our kiosk!

With notice 45 days or more prior to departure date a 100% refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. 44 – 30 days prior notice to departure date we will retain 50 % of the fee paid. With notice less than 30 days prior of departure date full payment is retained.

Route Map & Photos

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Acknowledgments

All photos in our website have been contributed by past guests. Thanks to all who have shared their experience! And special thanks to guest Philip Robinson for his fun pics.

Contact Info

San Juan Kayak Expeditions
Tim and Sally Thomsen, Owners/Operators since 1980
PO Box 2041
Friday Harbor, WA, USA 98250
(360) 378-4436
sanjuankayak@rockisland.com
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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