Whale Sanctuary Two-Day Tour

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Our Two-Day Whale Sanctuary overnighter is all about paddling with orca whales in the wild!  It offers the best in pristine coastline and easy mileage and spends two days in the orca lanes of Haro Strait’s proposed Federal Whale Sanctuary!  With Canada’s Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands as a backdrop, we will ply the waters known as home to our three local pods of orca whales. With guides experienced in orca behavior and natural history, your experience will be safe and educational and a ton of fun!  We have been paddling with whales for 36 years, so please join us for a close encounter!

This area also abounds with porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, otters, fox and stellar sea lions!  An added bonus in recent years is the influx of humpback whales to island waters. These 50 ton giants are more and more a regular staple of both our day and multi-day trips.

If we get our fill of whales by day two, we will paddle back into history with a stop at British Camp National Park.  Here we will explore  the British garrison built in the 1800’s, marvel at the seventh largest maple tree in the United States and hike to the top of Young Hill with spectacular panoramas of Canada’s Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountain Range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

kayak with whales, kayaking tours orca whales sea kayaking tripsOur campsite is a small, cozy island reserved just for San Juan Kayak Expeditions and accessible only by sea kayak!  We will enjoy a spectacular sunset paddle, watch the last light of day hide Vancouver Island and its’ capital Victoria then swap stories around the campfire!  We will wake to the sound of Black Oystercatchers and Great Blue Herons just outside our tent doors and arise to find breakfast on the table and a steaming mocha ready to jump-start your day!

Trip Facts:

Cost – $370.00 per person.  Full payment is due at time of booking.  Thank you.

Duration – two days/one night.  Your adventure begins at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk on the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in front of  The Barking Bird pet store and next to Café Demeter.

Dates, 2017 –  June 18-19;  July 10-11;  July 29-30;  August 8-9;  August 26-27;  September 6-7;  September 17-18

Distances – 12 mi. by kayak; 2 mi. hiking possible.  Click on thumbnail at right to enlarge our Whale Sanctuary tour route map.

Difficulty –  easy to moderate.

Islands explored – 6

Minimum Age – 14(children must be mature for their age, active and experienced in the out-of-doors and able to interact well with adults)

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; 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 kayak with whales orca kayak whale watching trips day tours kayak san juan islandshammocks; 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.  One is also available by clicking “Details” on our on-line Booking page.

*Sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads are available 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.