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Griffin Bay Tour
Cost: $89 per person
Schedule: Daily, May – September
Start: 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Meet at our kiosk, 25 Nichols Street, 15 minutes before your tour.
End: Return to our kiosk by 11:30 AM for morning tour / 4:30 PM for afternoon tour
Duration: 3 hours, 2 hours on the water
Distance: 2-3 miles
Minimum Age: 12
Difficulty: Participants must be in good physical health.
This is the perfect family outing for everyone from kids to grandparents! Although just one mile south of Friday Harbor, Griffin Bay is a world away from it all! This trip offers peace and quiet and superb views of glacier-covered Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountain range. Unhindered by strong tidal currents, it is an ideal trip for families and anyone wanting to experience sea kayaking in a uniquely peaceful, beautiful environment. We will explore picturesque Dinner Island and its colony of chubby resident harbor seals, then turn south toward quiet coves. You may see bald eagles, Dall’s or Harbor porpoise, river otters, mink, and oodles of migratory sea birds such as scoters, harlequin ducks, loons and mergansers along with our local herons, cormorants, gulls, and kingfishers! This trip moves at an easy pace and offers a chance to get away from the crowds.
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses and/or hat
- Extra layers. Synthetic fibers for quick drying recommended.
- Sandals or water shoes.
- Camera and binoculars
- Gratuity for your guide. Greatly appreciated.
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We went on a morning kayak round Griffin Bay. The San Juan Kayak team were friendly and professional – on time, good equipment, easy short shuttle ride from Friday Harbor. The bay was glassy, smooth, quiet, and beautiful. We saw seals, porpoises, various birds and enjoyed the calm ambience. I don’t think you’ll see orcas in Griffin Bay (those are on the west coast), but it’s a lovely place to kayak. Happy to recommend this team. -darrenjm72