Three Day Coastal Explorer

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On our most popular Three-Day Coastal Explorer, we’ll start from San Juan Islands’ southeast side and steer north and west exploring the remote coves and beaches of San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, Speiden, Henry and the Wasp Islands! We’ll keep constant watch for orca, humpback and minke whales, as we spend a day and a half in prime whale country. Rugged coastline, an abundance of wildlife and a last-night  Stuart Island campground  or an island jewel reserved exclusively for San Juan Kayak Expeditions highlight this trip.

Our route traverses unique widlife habitat, spectacular cliffs, puts us in prime orca whale habitat and stays off the beaten path. Our specialty, honed by experience, is using the tide and eddies to our advantage and predicting the travel patterns of orca whales.  If the wind is right, we’ll hoist our spinnakers to experience the excitement of sea kayak sailing!  Each evening after dinner, our groups enjoy a sunset hike or paddle, and, when conditions are right, a bioluminescent paddle!  These active adventures also allow down-time in our comfy, nylon hammocks, exploring intertidal pools and sharing stories around a warm campfire!

Kayak with Whales!Breaking camp each morning with the anticipation of the adventure, scenery and wildlife ahead make our trips true expeditions! You won’t want to miss it!

Get into the rhythm of a sea kayaking adventure with the original company in the San Juan Islands!

* Note:  If you want the highest chance to encounter orca whales, our Two-Day Whale Sanctuary, Three-Day Coastal Explorer, Four-Day Islands Adventurer or our The “Ultimate” 5 Day are the trips for you!


Trip Facts:

Costs – $595.00 per person.  Full payment is due at time of booking.  Thank you.

Duration – three days/two nights

Dates 2017 – May 27-29;  May 28-30;   June 10-12;  June 23-25;  July 1-3;  July 8-10;  July 22-24;  July 27-29;  August 11-13;  August 19-21;  August 24-26;  September 2-4;  September 9-11.

Distances – 27 mi. by kayak; 4 mi. hiking.  Click on thumbnail at right to enlarge Three Day Coastal Explorer route map.

Difficulty – moderate

Islands explored – 17

Minimum Age – 14 (kids must be able to interact well with adults, be physically fit and experienced in the outdoors).

Wildlife You May See – 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.

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What We Supply – pick-up at kiosk and return;  services of a knowledgeable, fun and friendly guide;  all boating gear;  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.

*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 want to bring your own.

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Cancellations – 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.

“Thanks, Tim!  I had a fantastic time and truly appreciated how thoughtful and organized your three day trip was!  It was definitely the best way to experience sea kayaking for the first time!  The equipment was first-rate, your knowledge was invaluable and I appreciated your direction and encouragement as our guide!  I will definitely recommend your trip and hope to be back!”

Julie Willenbrock Richardson, TX