Outdoor Odysseys Sea Kayaking San Juan Islands

Kayaking Friday Harbor, United States

Our mission is simple, providing environmentally sound kayak outings with an emphasis on making each trip safe, fun and a rewarding learning experience for each participant. With service, experience and expertise at the forefront, we aim to ensure you walk away feeling blessed, relaxed and having experienced something magical. Between the natural beauty and rich ecosystem of San Juan, the high level of knowledge of the guides, the variety of excursions and the food, oh the food. . . . A trip with Outdoor Odysseys would be an unforgettable one.

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Skagit Valley College Natural History/Marine Biology Course Kayaking

Sea kayaking is one of the most intimate means of exploring the marine and nearshore terrestrial environments. In fact, a writer once described kayaking as “the closest you’ll ever get to becoming a marine mammal.” The slow pace and intimate contact with the environment offered by sea-kayaking provide the paddler with unique perspectives that almost no other form of water transportation provides. During this 12-day field-based course (2 days on land, 10 days on water), participants will take advantage of these unique attributes to explore and learn about the natural history of the Salish Sea of Washington State. Using the San Juan Archipelago as both a classroom and laboratory participants will address concepts in marine and island ecology through a combination of presentations, explorations and hands-on experiments.

  • Transportation to and from launch site

  • Dry bag

  • Kayaking gear

  • Kayaking instruction and guiding

  • All meals

Camping is part of the incredible experience of this course. Being up close and personal with nature, while discovering the local aquatic and land-based life.

An exciting and details itinerary will be provided upon booking. With so much to learn and experience, the day to day set up will be a perfect mix of kayaking, discovering, learning and exploring.

June to August

Packing list:

  • Gratuity for your guide (optional, but appreciated!)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses and/or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlight or flashlight
  • Extra layers
  • Sleeping bag & pad (rentals available, add "rental" when booking online or contact us directly.)

3 Day Stuart Island Kayak Camping Tour Kayaking

Our favourite San Juan Island overnight sea kayak trip takes us through prime orca whale habitat to picturesque Stuart Island - accessible only by boat. Paddle the international waters of the migrating salmon with views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Fuel your extensive exploration with gourmet, 3-course meals, prepared by your tour guide in a dutch oven around the campfire.

  • Transportation to and from launch site

  • Dry bag Tent

  • Kayaking gear

  • Kayaking instruction and guiding

  • All meals

Camping is part of this experience, more info is provided upon booking but you will be camping in nature surrounded by the inspiring landscape, accompanied by expert guides.

Day 1
Your Outdoor Odysseys guide(s) will meet you in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Our van will take the group, which generally averages from 6-8 participants (maximum of 12), to our launch site on the west side of San Juan Island. After packing all camping and personal gear into the kayaks, we'll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the boat, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. We won't get on the water until everybody feels comfortable about paddling. We’ll paddle north, kayaking along the picturesque Haro Strait, with views of the Canadian Gulf Islands to the west. We'll keep a sharp eye out for whales and other wildlife chasing the Fraser River bound salmon. After paddling for a couple of hours along the rocky, tidally rich coastlines of San Juan and Henry Islands, we'll stop for a long lunch prepared by your guide and chef. After refuelling, we’ll cross the Spieden Channel to Stuart Island. Our destination for the night is Reid Harbor on Stuart Island, which is only accessible by private boat. The campsites are nestled in a forest of red-barked madronas, cedar and Douglas fir trees. After camp is set up, you can relax while your guide prepares a three-course dinner. Life doesn't get much better than sitting at a scenic, secluded waterfront campsite, sipping a glass of wine and eating gourmet appetizers, after a hearty day of paddling.

Day 2
On our second day we'll do "le grand" circumnavigation around Stuart Island, passing by numerous uninhabited islands in the Boundary Pass and John’s Pass and staying in prime whale watching habitat. We'll kayak beneath the cliffs of the Stuart Island fog and light station and look out to Mount Baker all while sharing the coastline with resting harbor seals and nesting bald eagles. Match your exploration on water, with a hike in the afternoon to the Stuart Island one-room schoolhouse and light station or relax at camp while your guide prepares another gourmet meal. Finish your evening by the campfire and under the light of the stars, or see the “stars in the water” on a guided bioluminescence kayak tour.

Day 3
The adventure is far from over on the last day. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before packing up camp and revisiting the waters of the Speiden Channel and Haro Strait, maximizing our time in prime whale territory and increasing our chances of seeing the J, K, and L pods of the endangered orca population. We’ll dine on one last artfully prepared lunch before completing our paddle and landing back on the west side of San Juan Island. We’ll load our gear and our paddlers and have you back to Friday Harbor between 3-4 PM to meet your Washington State ferry or continue your time on the islands.

May to September

Suggested Packing List

  • Sleeping bag & pad (rentals available, add "rental" when booking online or contact us directly)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun protection (any or all)
  • Hat: Baseball or Wide-brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana
  • Footwear that can get wet
  • Warm layer (preferably long sleeved)
  • Wind/rain layer (just in case)
  • Optional Items
  • Knit hat/beanie
  • Change of clothes
  • Binoculars (preferably waterproof)
  • Camera/Camera gear
  • Eyeglass Tether
  • Any personal medications
  • Gloves: Bicycling or Paddling type
Kayaking the San Juan Islands Kayaking

Kayak in prime whale and wildlife habitat along the Haro Strait, bordering the west side of San Juan Island and Vancouver Island. Traverse the waters of migrating salmon and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, seals, porpoises, and other wildlife that follow our keystone species of the Pacific Northwest. Your guide will prepare lunch as you look out on the Olympic Mountains and explore the driftwood beaches of Limekiln State Park. Find out more about our trip below and we hope to see you on your next San Juan Island Kayak Tour!

  • Transportation to and from launch site

  • Kayaking gear

  • Kayaking instruction and guiding

  • Vegetarian lunch (we can accommodate dietary restrictions too!)

Although accommodation is not included, we can recommend some excellent local vendors in the area.

Start
Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 10:30 AM

End
Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 4:30-5:30 PM

Daily from mid-May to Ocotober

Packing Tips: Bring a water bottle per person. Potable water is available at launch sites and campsites. Your guide will carry additional water to refill throughout the day. Sun protection: hats, glasses, sunblock, long sleeves. Pack light but comfortably. All your belongings must fit into the provided dry bags. Suggested Packing List

  • Water Bottle
  • Sun protection (any or all)
  • Hat: Baseball or Wide-brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana
  • Footwear that can get wet
  • Warm layer (preferably long sleeved)
  • Wind/rain layer (just in case)
  • Optional Items
  • Knit hat/beanie
  • Change of clothes
  • Binoculars (preferably waterproof)
  • Camera/Camera gear
  • Eyeglass Tether
  • Any personal medications
  • Gloves: Bicycling or Paddling type

About the location

Accommodation

Although accommodation isn't generally included within our excursions (some packages include camping) we can make some excellent local recommendations from local partnered vendors.

Location

San Juan is a truly blessed area of the US state of Washington, synonymous with the rural and rural Pacific Northwest landscapes as well as the rich and diverse wildlife and ecosystem. Home to Orca Whales, Seals and other aquatic life, not to mention the mammals of the sky and land, a visit to San Juan is truly unmissable.

Food

The perfect complement to your adventure, never just an afterthought. What could be better after an invigorating day of paddling than watching the sunset from your campsite while savouring a glass of wine and enjoying delicious Northwest cuisine from your waterfront campsite? At Outdoor Odysseys, we believe that good food, prepared with care enhances and complements the wilderness experience. We go to great lengths to provide meals that are knock-your-socks-off delicious, not just “good-for-camp-food.” This seems like a no-brainer, but not every outfitter on San Juan Island includes lunches as part of their trip price, even on overnight tours. At Outdoor Odysseys, we make things as easy as possible. Lunches are a delicious (and included) part of all our tours, including our day trips. Lunch is most definitely included in all excursions! Farm to campfire freshness All of our food comes from one of the regions leading natural foods providers, providing us with access to a huge variety of organic, sustainably grown goodies. We also buy from local islanders as much as possible (we love supporting our friends!), and even source some of our produce from our own Outdoor Odysseys garden.

Activities

Outdoor Odysseys Sea Kayaking offer an incredible array of activities in kayaking and paddling. A hedonistic mix of physical excursion with a cultural meander through the archipelago islands of San Juan, delicious local gastronomic delights, intermixed with raw and unencumbered wildlife!

Amenities

  • Lessons

  • Guides

  • Instructors/Coaching

  • Lunch

Available activities

  • Daytrips

  • BBQ

  • Excursions