5-Day ‘The Ultimate’ Kayak Tour
Cost: $949.00 per person. A 50% deposit is due at time of booking with the balance charged 45 days prior to departure date. If you are registering within 45 days of your trip date, full payment is required. Thank you.
Trip Dates: 2021: August 18-22 (one spot available); September 3-7
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Departure: 10:30 AM
Distances: 47 miles (10 miles; 8 miles; 6 miles; 11 miles; 12 miles on consecutive days). Participants must be in good to excellent physical condition, experienced in the outdoors and able to paddle for prolonged periods of time.
Minimum Age: 16 (mature)
- Remote campsites, scenic vistas, wild coastlines and the chance to see every critter that lives in these parts are all a part of the package! This trip is only for fit, adventurous people willing to accept a challenge. You must be active, muscle-toned and ready for excitement. For those who meet these criteria awaits an adventure with cozy campfires, sea glass hunting, whale watching, sea kayak sailing and scrumptious camp cuisine. Marvelous sunset hikes and bioluminescent paddles will make this trip the highlight of your summer!
- The “Ultimate!” is scheduled only when the tides are just right to aid us with favorable tidal current each day of the trip. Learning about tidal flows and observing the beauty of a moving sea adds greatly to your education and enjoyment of this unique environment. Our guides are experts at using tides whenever possible to sweep us along coastlines and make open-water crossings. Wind and/or rough seas may require prolonged paddling at times, so all participants must be fit and have a can-do attitude.
- Camping at a uniquely beautiful, seaside campsite each night gives us the chance to explore special islands. By kayak and on foot we’ll experience Jones Island, Sucia Island, Matia Island, Clark Island, Turn Island, Yellow Island and Obstruction Pass (we avoid overcrowded, damp and dark Stuart Island). In between these locations lie majestic sandstone cliffs, pristine beaches, dense coniferous forest and intertidal abundance. We’ll hike coastal and old-growth forest trails, relax in hammocks we carry along and enjoy sunset views that will astound.
What You Might See
- Orca whales
- Humpback whales
- Stellar and California sea lions
- Harbor seals
- Dall’s and harbor porpoise
- River otters
- Bald eagles
- Peregrine falcon
- 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 breakfast, lunch, 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
What You Bring
- Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad (ThermaRest or comparable)
- 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.
We begin at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk at 25 Nichols Street on the morning of your tour. If you are on the ferry that morning, catch the 9:00 AM ferry from Anacortes. Upon arrival, please make your way immediately to our location. Please call if you have any questions. 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 between Cynthia’s Bistro and Roy’s Drive-Thru. Look for our Kayak Tours sign 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All meals are wholesome, delicious and nutritious and there is plenty of it! Our menu is as follows:
- Pesto pasta with salad, sourdough, and butter (lots of fresh veggies)
- Burritos (black bean, cheese, san Juan salsa lots of fresh veggies, guacamole)
- Coconut curry (chickpea) and naan
- Vegetarian Chili
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!
- 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!
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.
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“If you desire to see the beauty of the San Juan islands, I highly recommend the 5 day kayak trip. Wonderful camping and rest spots, views of Mount Baker, unique shore line and wildlife. Equipment was first rate along with our guide. Had time each day for beautiful forest hikes and sunset viewing. Looking forward to returning in the future.”