3 Day Coastal Explorer Information

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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 want to bring your own.


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 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 before launch

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

  • Set up camp, relax then enjoy delicious dinner

  • Hike to sunset viewpoint to watch sunset over the Canadian Gulf Islands

Day 2

  • Savor a Jones Island mocha with a scrumptious breakfast, break camp

  • Cross to Speiden Island’s north side then cruise along pristine coastline to western edge

  • To Sentinel Island then cross Speiden Channel to Barren Island and Posey Island(camp) – Set up camp, enjoy hammock time and lunch

  • Paddle to Henry Island’s west side and Whale Sanctuary area for afternoon

  • Return to Posey Island for savory dinner

  • Launch for sunset paddle into Haro Strait and sunset

  • Back to Posey for campfire

Day 3

  • Break camp and launch kayaks

  • Circumnavigate Henry Island spending day in 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

  • Transport 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 accommodation in town


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, real bacon bits, roasted sunflower seeds and parmesan cheese, pasta and pesto fettucine, cracked wheat bread and butter and dessert.

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

Breakfasts include gourmet pressed coffee (from San Juan Roasting Company), cocoa, fresh melons, bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges along with yogurt, raisins, granola, bagels 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 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!


  • 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 luggage, bicycles and extra stuff!

  • Owners Sally or Tim greet and assist every guest upon your arrival


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!