Two-Day Orca Quest
This super-popular overnighter covers 19 miles and spends a half-day in prime orca whale country! Tides are planned just right to aid our journey each day, but the trip is for the fit and adventurous! After a day of paddling, kayak sailing and hiking, we will enjoy a seaside campsite on an island accessible only by boat. After a scrumptious dinner, we will hike to a secret lookout to watch the sun set over the Canadian Gulf and Vancouver Islands. From our mossy aerie, we will be able to view feeding Dall’s and harbor porpoise and harbor seals below, while sunset colors bathe the British Columbia Coast Range in pink and purple!
On day two, we hunt whales! The west side of Henry Island is prime orca habitat, as our local pods move up and down Haro Straight in search of salmon, and we will spend our last afternoon paddling with eyes wide open. This trip launches from Griffin Bay to the southeast, but never looks back, because it finishes in Westcott Bay at our exclusive landing beach on the northwest tip of San Juan Island. It has an exciting, two mile crossing into Spieden Channel with a river of current behind us and intimately explores rugged, steep coastlines and intertidal zones where sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins go about their daily lives!
Cost – $350.00 per person. Full payment is due at time of booking. Thank you.
Duration – two days/one night
Dates 2017: May 21-22; June 3-4; June 21-22; July 3-4; July 19-20; July 25-26; August 5-6; August 9-10; August 17-18; September 3-4; September 8-9.
Difficulty – Moderate to hard
Islands explored – 15
Minimum Age – 14
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; osprey; peregrine falcon; many other migratory and local bird species.
What We Supply – pick-up at ferry and return; quality double sea kayaks and gear; delicious and nutritious breakfast and dinner; two-person tents(singles will have a tent to themselves); nylon hammocks; thorough kayak instruction on the beach; all cooking gear; rain tarps, services of an experienced, fun and friendly guide.
* 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 availbable to rent for a nominal fee, if you don’t wish to bring your own.
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.
“I can’t tell you enough how wonderful the trip was for Amanda and me! It is a wonderful place to visit, and your leadership made it into a truly unforgetable experience for us! It was a real privilege to have you share your knowledge, experience and passion with us! Our only regret was that the trip wasn’t longer!”
Robert and Amanda Sharpe
Castro Valley, CA