2 Day Orca Quest Information

Where we go. What to bring. What we provide.

 
 

WHAT 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

  • Quality, fiberglass double sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)

  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles

  • NRS PFD’s

  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts

  • ThermaRest seat cushions

  • Delicious and nutritious breakfast and dinner

  • Two-person Kelty 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


WHAT YOU BRING

  • Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad (ThermaRest or comparable)

  • Lunches for each day

  • Layered clothing

  • Rain coat w/ hood (GoreTex or comparable)

  • Personal camping gear (headlamp, mess kit, etc.)

  • 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 to rent for a nominal fee if you don’t wish to bring your own.


ITINERARY

Day 1

We begin at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk at 275 A Street on the morning of your tour. If you are on the ferry that morning, catch the 8:25 AM (Spring) or 9 AM (Summer) ferry from Anacortes. Upon arrival, please make your way immediately to our location. Please call if you have any questions.

We are located just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor. Follow East Street past ferry loading lanes, cross to The Hungry Clam, past Serendipity Used Books, and The Market Chef. We are on the corner of A and Nichols Street adjacent to Café Demeter. Look for our Sea Kayak Center signs and umbrellas inside the white, picket fence.

If you are on the island the night before your tour or coming off the ferry the morning of, please meet at our kiosk at 10:15 AM.

  • Depart 10:30 AM. Shuttle to Griffin Bay launch site for detailed instruction, packing and launch

  • Paddle north to Turn Island, Shaw Island, Wasp Islands, Yellow Island(hike) and Jones Island(camp)

  • Set up camp, enjoy exquisite camp cuisine and sunset hike to west side lookout

Day 2

  • Break camp, pack kayaks and cross to Speiden Island, Sentinel Island into Speiden Channel to Barren Island and Posey Island(rest/bathroom break)

  • Circumnavigate Henry Island into Open Bay(whale country)

  • Lunch and sea glass hunting in Open Bay

  • Paddle into Westcott Bay and Garrison Bay(British Camp National Park)

  • Finish at our exclusive landing site on Westcott Bay

  • Shuttle back to Friday Harbor in time to catch the 4:15 PM(Spring) or 3:45 PM(Summer) ferry back to Anacortes or to your accommodations in town.


MEALS

All meals use fresh ingredients and are wholesome, delicious and nutritious and there is plenty of it!

Our signature world famous Baja Norte Burrito on toasted flour or corn tortillas with guacamole, melted taco cheese, diced onion, diced black olives, diced cucumber, diced green pepper with salsa casera, sour cream, diced jalapenos and chiles with a squeeze of fresh lime (bring Mexican attire) make our evening meal fun and scrumptious!

Breakfast includes gourmet pressed coffee (from San Juan Roasting Company), cocoa, fresh melons, bananas, blueberries and yogurt on  super nutty granola. This get-up-an-go meal allows us to get on the water to catch the tide or encounter a pod of whales.

If you have dietary preferences like vegan, veggie, gluten or dairy-free, we will be happy to work with you!

Our meals are active and fun.  You’ll enjoy every bite!


COMPARE

  • We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of tides, winds and whales is unmatched!

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

  • Just a five minute ride to our beach. Paddle more and drive less!

  • Our carbon footprint is the least in the industry!

  • Fun, friendly, knowledgeable and professional guides!

  • Complimentary storage for luggage, bicycles ands extra stuff!

  • Owners Sally or Tim greet and assist every guest upon arrival at our kiosk!


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.

 

Have more questions about your trip? Feel free to call us!

1-360-378-4436