3 Day Coastal Explorer Information
Where we go. What to bring. What we provide.
WHAT YOU MAY SEE
Stellar and California sea lions
Dall’s and harbor porpoise
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
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)
Thorough kayak instruction on the beach
All cooking gear
WHAT YOU BRING
Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad (ThermaRest or comparable)
Lunches for each day
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.
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
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
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!
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!