Griffin Bay 3 – Hour Tour

Departing twice daily, our spectacular, guided 3-hour tour explores the hidden coves and tranquil waters of protected Griffin Bay!  Although just one mile south of Friday Harbor, Adventure Awaits with San Juan Kayak Expeditions! Since 1980!Griffin Bay is a world away from it all! This trip offers peace and quiet and superb views of glacier-covered Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountain range.  It is an ideal trip for families and anyone wanting to experience sea kayaking in a uniquely beautiful environment.

We will explore picturesque Dinner Island and it’s chubby resident harbor seal colony, then turn south toward quiet coves.  You may see bald eagles, Dall’s or Harbor porpoise, river otters, mink and oodles of 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 a chance to get away from the crowds.

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 required!



~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!

~It is just a five minute ride to our site!

~Affordable price!

~Fun, friendly and experienced guides


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Cost – $75 per person plus sales tax.

Duration3 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 11:30 PM and 4 PM.

Distance – 3 miles by kayak

Difficulty – easy

Islands Explored – 3

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 (with limited space for 8-12 year olds in a triple kayak. Call us before booking. 360-378-4436)

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

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 -One sun hat with wide brim/visor ; Sun glasses; Sunscreen ;Water shoes ( Teva -like sandals, Chacos, aqua socks, wetsuit booties, Crocs, old tennis shoes); Warm weather T-shirts and shorts with a light jacket . Cool weather clothing: fleece jacket, polypropylene or Capilene tops, rain pants (full day tours only) Rain gear: coat with hood or rain poncho. If you don’t have your own, we can supply you with a rain poncho. One quart or liter bottle full of water per person (we will carry water for refills); Snacks to share with group camera and 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.

“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