4 Day Island Adventure 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

  • Peregrine falcon

  • Osprey

  • Many other migratory and local bird species


WHAT WE SUPPLY

  • Pick-up at kiosk and return

  • Services of a knowledgeable, fun and friendly guide

  • Seascape II fiberglass, tandem kayaks by NW Kayaks

  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles

  • NRS PFD’s

  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts

  • ThermaRest seat cushions

  • Delicious and nutritious breakfasts and dinners

  • Two-person Kelty tents (singles will have a tent to themselves)

  • Nylon hammocks

  • Thorough kayak instruction on the beach

  • All cooking gear

  • Rain tarps


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 for rent 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.

  • Shuttle to Griffin Bay launch site for detailed instruction and packing

  • Launch and paddle to Dinner Island and harbor seal colony

  • Explore south to American Camp National Park and Griffin Bay Campground(camp)

  • Set up camp, eat lunch

  • Launch and paddle the pristine coastline of the national park

  • Land at Third lagoon for hike to Cattle Point Lighthouse

  • Enjoy vistas of Mt. Baker, Olympic Range, Cattle Pass, Vancouver Island and Strait of Juan de Fuca

  • Back to kayaks and paddle to camp

  • Delicious dinner and relax

  • Enjoy short sunset paddle to Halftide Rocks

  • Back to camp for campfire

Day 2

  • Launch and cross to Pear Point then Turn Island for lunch

  • Cross San Juan Channel to Shaw Island, Low Island, Wasp Islands and Yellow Island(hike)

  • Cross to Jones Island(camp)

  • Enjoy some much deserved hammock time and scrumptious dinner

  • Leisurely walk to sunset viewpoint on mossy knoll

  • Back to camp and campfire

Day 3

  • Break camp

  • Paddle across to Speiden Island, down north side to Speiden Bluff

  • Cruise to Sentinel Island then cross Speiden Channel to Barren Island and Posey Island(camp)

  • Set up camp, eat lunch and luxuriate in hammocks

  • Launch kayaks for afternoon exploration of Henry Island’s west side(whale county)

  • Return to camp for Mexican night cuisine

  • Launch for leisurely sunset paddle and drift in Haro Strait(whale country)

  • Back to camp for campfire

Day 4

  • Break camp

  • Circumnavigate Henry Island(whale country)

  • Into Open Bay for sea glass hunting, horseshoes and lunch – Depart Henry Island, cross Mosquito Pass into Westcott Bay and Garrison Bay(British Camp National Park)

  • Hike to British Camp and 7th largest maple tree in U.S. – Finish at our exclusive landing site on Westcott Bay

  • Transport awaits you for scenic drive back to Friday Harbor in time to catch 4:15 PM(Spring) or 3:45 PM(Summer) ferry back to Anacortes or to drop at your accommodation in town


MEALS

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

  • Fresh garden salad with Newman’s Own dressings, roasted sunflower seeds, real bacon bits and parmesan cheese pasta and pesto fettucine, cracked wheat bread and butter and dessert.

  • Our original recipe clam chowder with sweet corn, sauteed onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots and diced clams, sourdough bread and butter and dessert.

  • Our signature world famous Baja Norte Burrito with toasted flour and corn tortillas, guacamole (bring Mexican attire), diced onion, cucumber, black olives, green pepper, jalapenos, chiles with sour cream, salsa casera and a squeeze of lime and dessert.

Breakfasts include gourmet pressed coffee (from San Juan Roasting Company), cocoa, fresh melons, sliced bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges along with yogurt, raisins, super nutty granola,  cinnamon bagels, cream cheese, jam and oatmeal with honey and cinnamon.  These get-up-and-go breakfasts allow us to get on the water in time to catch the tide or encounter a pod of whales.

If you have special dietary needs (vegan, veggie, gluten or dairy-free), we will be happy to work with you on alternative foods.

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


COMPARE

  • We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of these waters, coastlines and wildlife 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 launch beach. Paddle more and drive less!

  • Our carbon footprint is the least in the industry!

  • Affordable price!

  • Fun, friendly, knowledgeable and professional guides!

  • Complimentary storage for your luggage, bicycles and extra stuff!

  • Owners Sally and 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