5 Day “The Ultimate” 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 and adjacent to Café Demeter. Look for our Sea Kayak Center signs and colorful umbrellas. 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 Turn Island, cross San Juan Channel to Shaw Island. Lunch in Hidden Cove. Continue to Neck Pt. then Yellow Island Nature Preserve for a hike. Cross to Jones Island to camp. Enjoy sunset hike and spectacular viewpoint.

Day 2

Launch and cross Spring Passage to Orca Island to Pt. Doughty for a beach break and a fantastic view of Mt. Baker and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Cross to Sucia Island to camp in Snoring Cove. Set up camp then hike or circumnavigate island by kayak.

Day 3

Break camp – Cross to Matia Island for hike in old growth forest on circumference trail. Paddle north coast to Puffin Island then cross with tide to Clark Island. Set up camp then explore island by foot.

Day 4

Break camp – Cross to Orcas Island and Pt. Lawrence then to Doe Bay for water refill. Continue in kayaks to Deer Pt., into Obstruction Pass and state park to camp. Sunset paddle to Obstruction Island.

Day 5

Break camp – Cross Eastsound to Diamond Pt., cross Harney Channel to Shaw Island, to Canoe Island then beach in San Juan Channel for lunch. Cross to Turn Island for hike on circumference trail. Return to Griffin Bay and finish of an amazing adventure.


MEALS

All meals use fresh ingredients and 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.

  • Smoked salmon tortellini with artichoke hearts, asparagus spears, roasted sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese, garlic bread and butter, dessert.

  • Our original recipe clam chowder with sweet corn, sauteed onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots and diced clams, sourdough bread and butter, concord grapes 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 in Friday Harbor), cocoa, fresh melons, sliced bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges along with yogurt, raisins, super nutty granola,  cinnamon bagels, cream cheese, jam and oatmeal.  These get-up-and-go breakfasts allow us to get on the water in time to catch the tide, explore the islands to the max 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, whales 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 beach. Paddle more and drive less!

  • Our carbon footprint is the least in the industry!

  • Affordable price!

  • Fun, friendly, knowledgable and professional guides!

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

  • Complementary storage for luggage, bicycles and extra stuff!


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