Griffin Bay Half-Day Tour


kayak tours san juan islands orca whales killerDeparting twice daily, our spectacular and serene guided half-day tour explores the hidden coves and tranquil waters of  protected Griffin Bay!  Although just one mile south of  Friday Harbor, Griffin Bay is a world away from it all!

We will explore picturesque Dinner Island and it’s chubby resident harbor seal colony, then turn south toward the hidden coves of American Camp National Park.  You may see bald eagles, Dall’s or Harbor porpoise, river otters, mink and migratory sea birds such as scoters, harlequin ducks, loons and mergansers along with our local herons, cormorants, gulls and kingfishers!  This trip offers peace and quiet and superb views of glacier-covered Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountain range.

If the tides are just right, we will paddle north to Turn Island State Park and National Wildlife Refuge! Here we will take a twenty minute circumnavigation hike through forest and meadow.

Your professional and friendly guides and quality, state-of-the-art fiberglass sea kayaks and gear will insure a safe, fun and educational journey of adventure! These trips run mid-April through early-October and fill up fast so sign up early!  Reservations are recommended!



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

~We give you an extra hour on the water with no wasted time on the drive to the west side or north end of the island and back – just a five minute ride to our beach!  We care about our carbon footprint!

~Affordable price!

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


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Cost – $85 per person plus sales tax.

Duration4 hours!  Departing from our Sea Kayak Center kiosk at the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks up the hill from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal daily at 8:30 AM and 1 PM;  return at 12:30 PM and 5 PM (check our Dates and Costs page for exact offerings).  Look for our umbrellas and Kayak Tours sign in front of The Barking Bird pet store, inside the white picket fence, next to Café Demeter and across from Suzie’s Mopeds.

Distance – 5 miles by kayak;  1 mile hike if tides are right.  Click on thumbnail above for a detailed Griffin Bay Half Day route map.

Islands Explored – 4 or 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.

Minimum Age – 12 (mature)

kayak tour;  three hour kayak tour;  sea kayaking tripWhat We Supply – quality boating equipment; ThermaRest seat cushions; complimentary dry bags; rain ponchos; services of professional, fun and friendly guide; detailed instruction at the beach; pick up at Friday Harbor ferry dock and return.

What You Bring -water shoes if you’ve got them, ie. sandals w/ heal strap(Crocs, Tevas, Chacos), aqua socks, wetsuit booties, old tennis shoes, etc.; shorts; layered clothing(Capilene, polypropylene, fleece, etc.); one liter of water per person; snack foods to share with the group; camera; binoculars; shade hat; sun screen; lip salve.

Cancellations – more than seven days before departure a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.  Less than seven days before departure full payment is retained.

“It was a pleasure paddling with you!  I enjoyed the “lessons” about bull kelp and paddling strokes!  I am impressed by your life story and inspired to stay on the water myself, as it brings me much comfort.  Thank you again for a memorable experience!  The trip was everything I imagined and more!”
Laura Mar
Cambridge, MA