San Juan Islands Multisport

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Dates: Jun-Aug - see all dates

Total Days: 6

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,499

Non-member: $2,750

2015

REI member: $2,599

Non-member: $2,859

Additional Fees

2014

Single supplement: $1,049

Additional Fees

2015

Single supplement: $999

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 22–27
  • Jul 6–11
  • Jul 20–25
  • Aug 3–8
  • Aug 10–15
  • Aug 17–22
  • Aug 24–29
  • Aug 31 – Sep 5

2015

  • Jun 21–26
  • Jul 5–10
  • Jul 19–24
  • Aug 2–7
  • Aug 23–28
  • Aug 30 – Sep 4

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Group Size: 4-13

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Sea Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Furnished canvas tent-cabins, 2 nights; Island camping, 1 night; Outstanding lodge or cottage accommodations, 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Get a taste of island life while hiking, kayaking, and cycling the San Juans
  • Enjoy an overnight kayak tour, local farm visit, and whale watching excursion
  • Dine on fresh, locally-source meals and stay at a lovely mix of accommodations
  • Relax among snowcapped peaks, bountiful islands, and beautiful beaches

Washington's spectacular San Juan Islands are a nature-lover's paradise. Great snowcapped peaks rise all around as scores of marine mammals and shorebirds bask on the craggy shorelines. Whales and dolphins feed and play in the protected waters while hikers, cyclists, and paddlers enjoy the quiet and gentle pace of island life.

Look forward to some of the islands' most scenic hikes featuring panoramic views of the surrounding islands and peaks. Bike the quiet back roads of Orcas Island and soak in the amazing 360-degree view from the highest peak in the San Juans. Kayak in search of seals and sea lions, whales and more. Then, back on San Juan Island, enjoy more paddling excursions and day hikes or an unforgettable whale watching tour on one of the islands' most environmentally friendly boats as we search for resident Orca whales.

Dine on locally-sourced, organic meals prepared fresh daily by our guides throughout the trip while we stay at deluxe tented camps, outstanding lodges, and even spend a night island camping.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our San Juan Islands Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Friday Harbor. Travel to Roche Harbor for a lovely paddle.
  • Day 2  - Bike the farms and orchards of Orcas Island and up Mt. Constitution.
  • Day 3  - Overnight kayak tour to Stuart Island. Camp near the beach.
  • Day 4 - Paddle back to San Juan Island through protected wildlife refuges.
  • Day 5 - Go on an amazing whale watching tour and visit unique farms.
  • Day 6 - Enjoy a final paddle to Henry Island before returning to Friday Harbor.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Friday Harbor. Travel to Roche Harbor for a lovely paddle.

    Our trip begins today in Friday Harbor, Washington. Depart your hometown and arrive in Seattle, then transfer independently to Friday Harbor (ferry or floatplane transfers available). We meet as a group at 11:30 a.m. at the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. Enjoy introductions and a brief orientation, then we're whisked away to Roche Harbor on the north end of San Juan Island. We'll learn about this amazing and unique place and how everything in the San Juan Islands is interconnected, from kelp to jellyfish, seals to orca whales. Watch for seals, shorebirds, porpoise and more as we get a feel for paddling and then enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. After our kayaking adventure, we'll return to San Juan Island and check into our comfortable canvas tent cabins at Lakedale Resort. Enjoy the first of many freshly prepared meals expertly prepared by your guides. Lunch and dinner included.

    Sea Kayaking: 1-3 hours; Open water with waves, tides, currents.

  • Day 2  - Bike the farms and orchards of Orcas Island and up Mt. Constitution.

    After breakfast at Lakedale provided by your REI guides, we head to the ferry terminal for a short and scenic ferry ride to Orcas Island for a day of exploration by bike. From the ferry terminal we ride north along Orcas road before turning onto a quieter, lesser travelled route to the Eastern Lobe of Orcas Island. The route meanders through Crow Valley, past family farms and tidy orchards. Our first stop today will be a visit to Eastsound, a charming small community on Orcas Island. We'll stop for snacks and to rest a bit before riding on to Moran State Park for a visit to the summit of Mt. Constitution - the highest point in the San Juan Islands. We'll picnic on the shores of Cascade Lake, then ambitious riders may choose to bike to the summit of Mt. Constitution while those looking for a more relaxed afternoon can ride up in the van. From Cascade Lake, the optional summit cycle route heads east and immediately begins climbing. While the route is only 5 miles, it climbs almost 2000 feet over that distance. There are many places to pull over for breaks, and the scenery is truly incredible as the road climbs through some of the only old growth forest in the San Juan Islands. Anyone attempting the ride that changes their mind can catch the support vehicle at any point along the route to the lookout. Once the entire group has reached the summit, we'll take some time to enjoy the stunning 360 degree view and refuel the quads before loading up the van and heading back down the mountain. Once we are back at Cascade Lake, for any particularly strong cyclists in the group, the option to ride an additional 19 miles to our dinner spot is available. We will enjoy a hearty and delicious meal prepared by our guides before hopping a ferry back to San Juan Island. All meals included.

    Cycling: Options from 19 miles or less up to 43 (including an optional 5 mile, 2000 ft climb) / 4-6 hours; Paved roads with some rolling hills and one optional very steep section.

  • Day 3  - Overnight kayak tour to Stuart Island. Camp near the beach.

    Today we set out for an overnight self-supported kayak tour from Roche Harbor to Stuart Island and back. On this first day, we'll transfer to Roche Harbor and pack our boats for the journey. Paddling north into Speiden Channel, we're quickly free from the harbor and immersed in the surrounding wilderness. Crossing Speiden Channel, we'll explore the shorelines of Speiden and Sentinal islands before heading into Stuart Island Marine Park to establish our camp for the night. We'll have the option to relax in camp or hike to Turn Point Lighthouse – considered by many to be among the most scenic overlooks in the Pacific Northwest. We'll return to camp after the hike and enjoy another amazing dinner. All meals included.

    Sea Kayaking: 7-10 miles / 4-5 hours; Open water with waves, tides, currents. Hiking: 4 miles / 3-4 hours.

  • Day 4 - Paddle back to San Juan Island through protected wildlife refuges.

    After breakfast, we break camp and load the boats for another day of exploration by sea kayak as we return to San Juan Island. Today, we'll continue to watch for eagles, seals, porpoise and even orca whales if they happen to be in the area. Much of the saltwater and shoreline in the San Juan Islands is protected wildlife refuge and sightings of spectacular birds and mammals is a regular occurrence. Along the coastline, we'll look for intertidal activity and interesting invertebrate and plant life in the tide pools. We'll have lunch on a remote beach on the northern shore of San Juan Island then continue paddling around Stuart and into Roche Harbor, arriving mid-afternoon. Transferring back to Lakedale we spend our final two nights at the outstanding Lakedale Lodge & Cottages, whose lovely guestroom accommodations feature a deck, fireplace, jetted tub, wireless internet access and more. On the shores of Neva Lake, Lakedale's Lodge & Cottages is an ideal place to end our adventure and is frequently ranked very high among the best places to stay in the San Juan Islands. We'll celebrate our accomplishments over an outstanding dinner overlooking the lake. All meals included.

    Sea Kayaking: 10-12 miles / 4-6 hours; Open water with waves, tides, currents.

  • Day 5 - Go on an amazing whale watching tour and visit unique farms.

    Setting out from the lodge after breakfast, this morning guests have the option to enjoy a guided hike around Mt. Finlayson and Jackles Lagoon, or, join an optional local whale watch tour. On one of the most environmentally friendly boats in the islands, enjoy an expert naturalist's view on the unique and diverse marine life that surrounds us. Whale watching in the San Juan Islands may afford opportunities to view orca whales, humpbacks, fin whales, Dall's porpoise, harbor porpoise and more. There's no telling what you may see in these protected and rich waters. After our morning hike or whale watch tour, we reconvene for a fascinating tour of some very special local farms to learn about sustainable agriculture in the San Juan Islands. We'll tour the farms and learn first hand how to raise Alpacas for wool and how to cultivate fragrant lavender. This insider's view of rural island life is a unique and fascinating component of our San Juan Island adventure. We'll return tonight to Lakedale for a farewell dinner and evening relaxation at their comfortable lodge or cottages. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-5 miles / 2-4 hours. Optional whale watch tour (included in trip cost).

  • Day 6 - Enjoy a final paddle to Henry Island before returning to Friday Harbor.

    We'll make the most of our final day beginning with breakfast at Lakedale Lodge before entrusting our luggage to the guides then setting out for Roche Harbor. To end our trip on a high note, we'll enjoy another spectacular day of paddling in the northwest as we kayak to English Camp in the Northwest corner of San Juan Island. English camp is a National Historic Park as it was here in the mid-1800s that Great Britain and the United States settled ownership of the island after what has become known as the Pig War. Those not wishing to kayak can join one of the guides for a hike up Mt. Young to enjoy views of Vancouver Island, the Olympic range and the Gulf Islands, before rendezvousing with the group at English Camp. We'll plan to return to Friday Harbor between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. today to retrieve our luggage and say farewell. Flight reservations departing Friday Harbor can be scheduled after 5:30 p.m. Flights home from Seattle-Tacoma Airport can be scheduled after 10 p.m. We recommend allowing plenty of flexibility on your return to Seattle. We cannot guarantee our return to Friday Harbor before 4 p.m. today. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Sea Kayaking: 7-10 miles / 2-4 hours; Open water with waves, tides, currents. Hiking: 1.5 miles / 2-3 hours; 800 ft. elevation gain/loss.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Camping permits and associated fees; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; all tent camping, tent-cabin and lodge/cottage accommodations; all group camping equipment (tents, cooking gear, utensils, etc.); all kayaking equipment and dry bags; bikes and bike helmets; optional Whale Watch cruise on Day 5.

Not Included

Transportation to/from Friday Harbor; pre- or post-trip accommodations in Friday Harbor; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges or airport taxes (if any); alcoholic beverages or soft drinks;; items of a personal nature including guide gratuities.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Beginners are welcome - it is not necessary to be an experienced kayaker although it is beneficial to have had some previous kayaking or canoeing experience (prior camping experience is also a plus but not mandatory). You should be at ease in a small boat on the open water and know how to swim. A typical day will consist of 3-4 hours of activity (paddling or hiking) with occasional breaks for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and meals. Participants should come equipped with a spirit of adventure and willingness to pitch-in and help with camp chores when necessary.

Weather

The San Juans average 50 percent less precipitation than Seattle itself. This is due to the rain shadow effect of the Olympic Mountains located to the south and west. On a number of islands you'll find prickly pear cactus - a true testimony to the dryness of the region. During summer months, expect moderate to warm daytime temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s with evening temperatures in the 50s. Most days are sunny with occasional fog in the early morning.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

San Juan Islands Multisport Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Expect daytime temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s (slightly cooler in June), with evening temperatures dropping into the 50s. Although days are generally sunny and dry, you must be prepared for wet, cold and windy weather. It is important to bring adequate insulating clothing and raingear for this trip. Please review the "Things to Consider" section on the back of this gear list.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tandem (two person) kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Life jacket and spray skirt
  • Dry bags (1 small – 5 liter – for personal gear on day trips and 1 medium – 20 liter – for overnight trip)
  • Sleeping bag + pad
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Cooking gear
  • Bicycles and helmets
  • Gel seat Cover
  • Group first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Photo identification
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine)
  • Daypack (2500 cu. inches) or large fanny pack for lunch, camera, water, etc.
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Luggage tags
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Small waterproof pack cover for your daypack
Footwear
  • Light weight hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for cycling
  • Wetsuit booties or water sport sandals for kayaking
Clothing
  • Sweater or jacket, wool or fleece
  • Midweight thermal underwear top and bottom
  • T-shirts (no cotton)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Underwear
  • Wool or synthetic hiking socks
Travel Accessories
  • Bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Wool or fleece hat for warmth
  • Sun/rain hat
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Plastic bags-Ziploc for wet clothes
  • Minimum of two (2) 32 oz. water bottles or hydration system equivalent
  • Emergency space blanket or bivy
  • Favorite snacks
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Insect repellent
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera and film
  • Bicycle helmet (if you prefer to bring your own -- helmets are provided)
  • Dry bag for personal gear (small)
  • Small binoculars (7x or 8x is best)
  • Biking gloves
  • Paddling gloves
  • Bike water bottle
  • Trekking poles

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as appropriate identification, money, eyewear, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/footwear and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Be sure to bring clothing for both warm and cool weather. For cool weather it is important to dress in layers. Do not bring cotton clothing for warmth. Once cotton becomes wet it drains your body heat. Synthetic fabrics including Capilene, polypropylene, MTS or Thermax are best.
  • Here's what our guides typically wear while paddling: Nylon shorts (with long underwear beneath if the weather is cool) and a long-sleeved synthetic shirt. A waterproof paddling jacket and rain pants are kept close at hand on cool/misty days as well.
  • While in the kayak, wetsuit booties work best. Water shoes, or shoes that can get wet (such as an old pair of tennis shoes), are also an option.
  • When it's time to pack gear into the boats, keep your sleeping bag and sleeping pad separate. They can individually fit into the nooks and crannies. All your personal items and extra clothes must fit inside the provided large-sized dry bag. Your rain gear, hat, gloves, camera, etc. is packed in the medium-sized dry bag – this is stowed between your legs for easy access while kayaking. Your guide helps with packing questions at the orientation meeting and gives out dry bags. Extra luggage is stored on San Juan Island until you return.
  • Plastic bags are the key to keeping clothing and gear dry. Please line the inside of your sleeping bag stuff sack with a large hefty bag. Consider using resealable plastic bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes, or simply use the dry bags provided by your guides.
  • If you are taking a floatplane to/from Friday Harbor, note that a weight limit on luggage (usually a 24-pound maximum) will be strictly enforced. Excess baggage charges will apply.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Activity level (10)
  • Guides (10)
  • Group camaraderie (9)
  • Well organized itinerary (8)

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      5.0

      Incredible Pacific Northwest Adventure!

      By S45MC

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Casual Adventurer, Travel Photobug

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      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Experienced guides
      • Fitness Level Flexibility
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Multisport Variety
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary
      • Well Prepared Local Food
      • Wildlife

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          Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

          I have to admit that I was very hopeful to see an Orca whale and slightly disappointed that we weren't lucky enough to get to see any; however, I did really enjoy being up-close with other species of wildlife: bald eagles, lion's mane jellyfish, seals, oyster catchers, raccoons, & dall's porpoise to name a few. I'm certainly glad that I brought along my trusty waterproof camera and love looking back at the photo memories of our group, some fortuitous wildlife shots, and especially the overall picturesque scenic beauty of the San Juan Islands. Our group really was such a great representation of all ages (We just so happened to have two in their 20's, 30's, 40's 50's and 60's), assorted experience and personality type, and our excellent guides, who we fondly call by their nicknames "Butters" & "Biscuit", really did such an amazing job of setting the upbeat tone of the trip with their great rapport, in-depth knowledge of the area, and genuine caring for each adventurer individually and wholly as a group. It was serendipitous to enjoy sharing in the beauty of The Pacific Northwest with great new friends, and reaffirms that choosing to travel with REI was definitely the best possible decision for me!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Having just learned about REI Adventures, I wanted to take full advantage of a destination travel experience that had lots of variety in activity, wasn't too far outside of my fitness & outdoor skills comfort level, and would give me a good introductory experience to the way REI takes care of group travel adventure.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • The kayak trip to Stuart Island for overnight camping was outstanding. It really showcased how wonderful our guides, Jacob & Nick, worked so hard to assess our group's ability level, stage the equipment, ensure our safety (Our group was caught in an "upwelling" of currents which was a bit scary but thrilling), build natural group camaraderie, prepare delicious meals, and even clean up after us.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • My day job keeps me chained to a desk, so I was definitely worried about my fitness level. I was happy to find that the balanced level & assortment of activities didn't leave me feeling too worked over, even though I would liked to have been in a little better shape. Definitely have a pair of water shoes or sandals for rocky shorelines and low-cost bicycling gloves were ideal for kayaking.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great trip

          By 5un5

          from Bay Area, California

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Great guides
          • Guides
          • Well Organized Itinerary

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              Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

              The guides were great. They knew all about the local area, cooked pretty much every meal for us, and were a lot of fun to be with. This was a great trip-- the accommodations and food and the timing was great. I give it 4 stars because I'd hoped REI would have provided better gear (better bikes, kayaks, energy bars, and camping gear like tents).

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • There are a lot of timing and logistics to deal with around kayaking, tides, whales, and island travel that I didn't want to have to deal with. I wanted to enjoy the San Juan Islands in a relaxed but sporting fun way without having to be a travel agent.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Seeing orcas from a kayak.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • This is a great trip-- the biking and hiking were a nice way to see the islands actively while resting my kayak muscles. If you love whales and eagles, this is a great trip.
               
              5.0

              Great trip! Outstanding guides.

              By WireWheels

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Didn't see any orcas

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                Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                When I carelessly left my wallet on an island beach,the guides arranged to have it picked up and delivered back to me.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Good Value
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Interested in seeing the San Juan's and Puget Sound. Had hoped to see Orcas, but no luck.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Kayaking to Stewart Island and camping overnight.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Bring warm clothing.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Another Winnner for REI

                By Christine CRNA

                from Orlando, FL

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                Pros

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                    Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                    I loved every minute. We were in the water kayaking within an hour of meeting Katy and Don at Friday Harbor! The tent cabins were great, as far as I was concerned, I could have stayed there the whole time! I was glad we got to cycle from Roche Harbor back to our campground that first day. I wanted to get my cycling legs under me.

                    Bicycle day was cold and rainy so I was super grateful for Don and Josh cycling with us. Especially Josh who went all the way to the top.

                    The whale watch was amazing! I have never seen so many whales in my life! I would have liked to see some while kayaking, but hey, it's nature, not Disney.

                    Our guides were knowledgable, about the wildlife we encountered, kayaking, and the San Juans themselves. Don, Katy, and Josh: hats off to you!

                    Also, I appreciated the quick stop at the National Parks Visitors' Center so I could get my National Parks Passport stamped. It's kind of my thing.

                    There were some lodging snafus which were handled very quickly and professionally. Thank you!

                    This trip was so wonderful, I can't even do it justice in a review. New friendships, strengthening old friendships, laughter, it was just so great. Thank you thank you thank you!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, I Liked the Itinerary
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • This was my second REI trip. I live in a warm climate and prefer to travel to cooler locales. Also, I LOVE KAYAKING
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • What WASN'T the highlight! Everything was great. I particularly like cycling to the to of Mount Constitution and the self supported overnight to Stuart Island. And the final sunset dinner.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Just go! You will be asking why you haven't always travelled like this!
                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing Getaway

                    By DrZott

                    from Illinois

                    About Me First-Time Adventurer

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                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
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                    • Food
                    • Guides
                    • Well Organized Itinerary
                    • Wildlife

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                        Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                        The guides did an excellent job of accomodating the interests, activity level, and dietary requests of the group. They were experienced, knowledgable, friendly, fun, and encouraging. The food was delicious and fresh. Paddling was by far the most fun and relaxing activity, even when the waters were a little rough. The canvas tent cabins were nicer than many hotel rooms and the campsite was quiet and peaceful. An odometer on the bike would have been helpful for the Orcas Island ride.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • The San Juan Island Multisport had the perfect combination of activites we had experienced (hiking and biking) and new activities (paddling). We had lived in the Pacific Northwest, but had never traveled to the Islands - they are like nowhere else in the United States.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • seeing whales and a mother eagle feeding her young from the kayak; hiking to the top of Mt. Constitution from Cascade Lake
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Bring a camera other than the one on your phone. Buy a new camera if necessary. You will see amazing scenery and wildlife. The weather is variable and the tides are unpredictable, so pack according to the list in the packet.
                         
                        5.0

                        I felt like I was at summer camp!

                        By go2paris

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

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                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Wildlife Viewing

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                            The guides were great. The people you travel with can make or break your trip. The guides definitely made it really fun for us all. Also, the Lakedale Resort where we stayed was very nice and the glamping was cool.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I was interested in visiting the San Juan Islands based on a magazine article I read. Then I saw the REI San Juan trip and all of the physical activities on the itinerary, which piqued my interest. Then the clencher was the opportunity to see so much wildlife, including whales and tide pool creatures!
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The kayaking trip to idyllic Jones Island, where we camped for one night, and the whale watch tour were the highlights for me. We saw many orcas on the whale watch tour, and I saw 6-7 whales breaching!
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • The more in shape you are before the trip, the less you will be sore. It is not overly strenuous (you can do the kayaking, biking, hiking), but it might be hard if you had not been exercising at all prior to the trip. Pack light and wear layers of clothes. I wore the same clothes multiple times.
                             
                            5.0

                            AWESOME TRIP

                            By Peter 1

                            from ISSQUAH, WA

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                                The guides Aileen & Don were very friendly, fun to be with, took great care of us, & were really professional. They guided our little flotilla of kayaks in & out of busy marinas, through long channel crossings & tricky flood/ebb currents. They prepared great meals.
                                This trip is beautifully organized for a wide variety of island activities: staying in beautiful canvas tents, then camping in tents, then returning for 2 cushy final nights back at gorgeous Lakedale lodge, kayaking, biking, touring the island.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I loved the chance to do sea kayaking, travel overnight to remote Stuart Island, stay at Lakedale Lodge, & have everything taken care of for me.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • The trip was 6 days of highlights! The camaraderie of 2 great, personable guides, an overnight trip to Stuart Island, biking on San Juan, the beautiful Lakedale Lodge, whale watching, etc. This trip proved to be everything I'd wanted & hoped for!
                                 
                                5.0

                                1st REI adventure

                                By FrankMc

                                from Long Beach, NY

                                About Me Casual Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                                    As stated above the guides were amazing, the food was good, and the vacation was great.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I Always wanted to check out the San Juans and was interested in a challenging vacation.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Would have to be the paddling at first I thought I was going to get a divorce, but it ended up making my trip. I enjoyed the time with my wife out on the water. Also the overnight was pretty cool.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • If your on the fence just book it you will not be bored on this trip. The guides are incredible people with a vast knowledge of the area.This vacation was perfect for novice kayaking.
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    AN ADVENTURE TRIP OF A LIFETIME !

                                    By laura davis

                                    from Sa Juan

                                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                    • Activity Level

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                                      The leadership team was outstanding. The itinerary was really well planned out. All got along great and had many many laughs. Fresh air, beautiful sights, wildife, adventure, no tv or gadgets; felt like a kid at camp. I would take another REI trip in a heartbeat! Thank You !

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Orca Island
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Outstanding travel experience.

                                      By s.pea

                                      from Atlanta, GA

                                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accommodations
                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Exceeded Expectations
                                      • Food
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Guides
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                      • Quality Equipment Provided
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Multisport:

                                          The guides were knowedgeable, enthusiastic, and flexible (also excellent cooks.)

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                          • The location (inspiring scenery and wildlife), as well the variety of activities and options, made this a great summer destination.
                                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                          • Paddling kayaks to Stuart Island was one of many highlights.

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