San Juan Islands Weekend Kayaking

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Dates: Jun-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 3

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

REI Member: $675

Non-member: $750

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 6–8
  • Jun 13–15
  • Jun 19–21
  • Jun 26–28
  • Jun 27–29
  • Jul 11–13
  • Jul 18–20
  • Jul 25–27
  • Aug 1–3
  • Aug 8–10
  • Aug 22–24
  • Sep 5–7
  • Sep 12–14
  • Sep 26–28

2015

  • Jun 5–7
  • Jun 12–14
  • Jun 19–22
  • Jun 26–28
  • Jul 10–12
  • Jul 17–19
  • Jul 24–26
  • Jul 31 – Aug 2
  • Aug 7–9
  • Aug 21–23
  • Aug 28–30
  • Sep 4–6
  • Sep 11–13
  • Sep 25–27

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Group Size: 4-14

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Sea Kayaking

Accommodations:

Island camping, 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Soak in the magic of Washington's San Juan Islands on an active weekend getaway
  • Spend two nights camping on Stuart Island while dining on local, organic food
  • Kayak 7-10 miles per day, explore the island by foot, and spot marine wildlife

Our classic weekend kayaking itinerary is designed to explore some of the most beautiful areas the San Juan Islands have to offer. The route is ideally situated to take us through remarkable kayaking routes.

While passing through Haro Strait and Boundary Pass, we keep an eye out for local orca pods, harbor and Dall's porpoise, endangered Steller sea lions, and myriad bird life. Our journey utilizes a private kayak hub at Roche Harbor, a quaint and iconic island community where we pack our boats and set out for a weekend of adventure.

We spend the next two nights on charming Stuart Island, home to great hiking and beautiful water-view campsites. Throughout our journey, we paddle 7-10 miles per day with plenty of opportunity to explore the islands on foot or relax in this amazing area. Our guides are highly experience naturalists and trained outdoor professionals. To top it all off, each day we dine on delicious, locally-sourced organic snacks and meals.

Come join us and discover the charm, beauty, and magic of the San Juan Islands!

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to the San Juan Islands and set out for Stuart Island.
  • Day 2 - A full day of paddling leads us through protected waters.
  • Day 3 - Complete our journey through Boundary Pass and Haro Strait.

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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 the San Juan Islands and set out for Stuart Island.

    Our trip begins in Friday Harbor, Washington. Depart your hometown and arrive in Seattle, then transfer independently to Friday Harbor (ferry or floatplane transfers available). Your trip leader will greet the group at the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal at 11:30 a.m. on Day 1. Please gather at Memorial Circle 100 meters north of the WA State Ferry Terminal. After we enjoy introductions and a brief orientation, we're whisked away on an approximately 20 minute transfer to Roche Harbor on the north end of San Juan Island. At Roche Harbor, we'll pack our gear for the weekend and run through a kayak safety tutorial. Once organized, we'll head out of the harbor in a northwest direction into the Speiden Channel and Haro Strait, where we'll then continue north to our first channel crossing. Depending on wind, currents, and wildlife sightings, our lunch stop will be at any number of picturesque public beaches on Henry or Stuart Island. Our eventual goal is Prevost Harbor, on the northern side of Stuart (quieter and more scenic), where we'll set up camp for the night. After setting up camp, we may have the option for either a late afternoon paddle or hike prior to dinner. After dinner, we will relax around camp to reflect on the day's accomplishments, share in the beauty of this wonderful area, and listen to our expert guides share stories of San Juans history and native folklore. Lunch and Dinner included. Snacks of organic bars and fresh fruit are always available between meals to pack with you.

    Paddling distance: 7-10 miles

  • Day 2 - A full day of paddling leads us through protected waters.

    After a delicious breakfast, the group will pack lunches, snacks, and day packs into the kayaks for a paddle around Stuart, Johns, and Speiden Islands. There are several wildlife refuges in the area, and it is not uncommon to observe marine birds and harbor seals in the hundreds. Porpoise are also a common site throughout the day, and any time you're paddling in Boundary Pass or Haro Strait we'll be on the lookout for Killer Whales and other cetaceans. The average mileage paddling today is 10-12 miles, broken up into 2-3 sections by lunch, snacks and hiking breaks. In late afternoon (3-5pm), we will make our way back to base camp. Once back at camp, we have the option of either taking a pre-dinner hike or relaxing near the water. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: 7-10 miles

  • Day 3 - Complete our journey through Boundary Pass and Haro Strait.

    After breakfast, we'll break camp and pack the boats before heading out northwest from Prevost Harbor towards Turn Point in Boundary Pass. This breathtaking paddle features views of Mt. Baker and the Canadian Cascades to the East. Rounding Turn Point, heading south into Haro Strait, guests can see over 100 miles south to Mt. Rainier past the Olympic Mountains on a clear day. Boundary Pass and Haro Strait are the two largest waterways in Puget Sound, and represent some of the best paddling in North America. After a break for lunch on the west side of Stuart or Henry Island, we'll begin our journey back into Roche Harbor. A shuttle back to Friday Harbor from Roche Harbor will be provided. Expect to arrive back in Friday Harbor at approximately 4:00pm. Travelers transferring back to Seattle via the Victoria Clipper will be able to make the 4:30pm boat, while those transferring back via the Washington State Ferry System to Anacortes should expect to take the 6:30pm ferry from Friday Harbor. Breakfast and Lunch included.

    Paddling distance: 7-10 miles

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. The final paddling route is left up to the discretion of the guides, and is based upon trip members’ skill and weather conditions, including wind, waves and currents.

Closest Airport(s)

Major: Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, WA
Smaller: Friday Harbor, WA (serviced by Kenmore Air)

Important Information about Air Travel

This trip begins in Friday Harbor, Washington on Day 1. In order to arrive at the start point of the trip on time, you may be required to depart your hometown one or more days prior to Day 1 and travel on an overnight flight.  Before purchasing any airline tickets, carefully check to see that your arrival date in Washington coincides with the start date (Day 1) and time on the itinerary. Please contact us to confirm your trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate prior to purchasing your airline tickets and with any additional questions regarding your travel schedule. This trip ends in Friday Harbor, Washington on Day 3.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; all meals from dinner on Day One through lunch on Day Three; between-meal snacks and fresh fruit; 2 nights camping accommodation, double kayaks including all kayaking equipment.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; park entrance fees where required; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Weather

The San Juans average 50% less precipitation than Seattle. This is due to the rain shadow effect of the Olympic Mountains located to the south and west.  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. Rain is always a possibility in the Northwest, though, so adequate raingear is still important.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip 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 Weekend Kayaking 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.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Kayaks
  • Adjustable Seat Back
  • Life jacket and spray skirt
  • Dry bags (two 20 liter for sleeping bag and clothing; one 10 liter for misc. personal items)
  • 2 person tents, double occupancy
  • Cooking gear and eating utensils
  • Group first-aid kit
Camping gear
  • Sleeping bag rated to 30º - 40º F (should fit in a 8x18 or 9x20 standard stuff sack)
  • Sleeping pad
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • Sweater or jacket, wool or fleece
  • Thermal underwear top and bottom
  • T-shirts (no cotton)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Wool or warm synthetic socks
Footwear
  • Light weight hiking boots (walking/hiking shoes should be adequate)
  • Wetsuit booties or water sport sandals
Accessories
  • Paddling gloves
  • Bandana
  • Small hand towel
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun/rain hat
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Plastic bags – Ziploc for wet clothes
  • Water bottle - 1 quart is best
  • Favorite snacks
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
Optional gear
  • Camera and film
  • Swimsuit
  • Biodegradable soap for personal use
  • Small inflatable Thermarest type sit pad
  • Custom seat back (standard provided)
  • Small binoculars (7x or 8x is best)

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresSan Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Guides (16)
  • Food (14)
  • Activity level (13)
  • Group camaraderie (13)
  • Exceeded expectations (12)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (9), Casual/ recreational (5), Avid adventurer (4)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (14), I liked the itinerary (14), Active adventures (13), All the details planned for me (11), Good value (9)

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      5.0

      A Perfect Short Getaway

      By Lovin

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary
      • Wildlife Scenery

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

          This was my third REI trip in as many years, and it was another fantastic adventure. I didn't have a week to spare, so this 3 day trip fit in nicely. It's great only bringing a sleeping bag and clothes on the airplane to enjoy the great outdoors. I was new to sea kayaking and felt very comfortable with our instruction - level 3 seemed right. The extra little hike to Tip Top on Stuart Island was a lovely added touch for both stunning sunset views and variety, turned out to be Mother Nature's wedding gift to the newlyweds on our trip!

          • 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've always wanted to sea kayak in the wonderous San Juan Islands and knew the BEST way would be with an expert guide.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Gorgeous weather, serene island views (see photo) and especially the Wildlife scenery - - eagles perching, eagles fishing, eagles soaring, plus dozens of sunbathing harbor seals. On top of all this, our guide Jesse was schooled in local history of all the various islands and everything regarding marine life. He was fantastic - confident and easygoing.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • I traveled alone,had no regrets as I'm comfortable meeting new couples or singles. If this isn't you, bring a friend. The packing list is spot on. Many items came home unused, but if we had had less perfect weather, every single item would be needed. Plan at the trip's beginning how to tip guides at end - we brought a blank card, each signed it, pooled our tips together & had a little presentation

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What an Experience!

          By Kevin Brigs

          from Huntsville, AL

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Pros

          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

          • Pit Toilet

          Best Uses

            Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

            The only bad experience was the pit toilet. Good news is they have a new one being built. Hopefully they get it built by next season.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • Wanted to visit Seattle and we love Kayaking
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • Seeing Mr Oakley's Island.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Go late in the season if you want a less crowds. We went at the end of September and it was perfect weather!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Weekend Trip!

            By flyfastmwl

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

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              Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

              We had a wonderful trip. The islands were beautiful, the weather perfect, the other members of the trip interesting, great to travel with, and now friends. It was not too hard or strenuous (level 3 is about right). A great trip for someone interested in learning the basics of sea kayaking. Anyone with some car or primitive camping or backpacking experience would be very comfortable with this trip. Note you will cross an several miles of open water and need to be able to paddle for several hours at a time. Some fitness conditioning before the trip is a good idea.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • We were looking to spend some time in the San Juan Islands and wanted to do some camping and kayaking. This trip was a perfect fit!
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • The guide, Biscuit (Nick) was exceptional! His experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, chef skills, and work ethic was beyond expectations. Biscuit has a degree in Biology; his strong knowledge of the local sea and wildlife made the trip that much richer. We wanted to obtain an in-depth intoduction into sea kayaking and Nick did not disappoint. Ask for him by name!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • The San Juan Islands are a wonderful early fall destination. The summer crowds are gone, the islands are quiet, and the weather perfect. Combine the trip with a stay at one of the B&B's or resorts on the islands.
               
              5.0

              Fantastic weekend with son and sea

              By healthyplanet

              from Chandler, AZ

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Activity Level
              • Food
              • Guides
              • Quality Equipment Provided

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                  Our Guide, "Biscuit", was so upbeat, friendly and personable. The weather for our weekend couldn't be any better. A great time to go (Mid-September). Biscuit always made the best meals. Viewing the whales off the tip of Speiden Island all around us, then to see them from above at the tip of Stewart Island was my highlight. The company was great with a small group. This helped us get to know everyone well during out short trip.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • I've always wanted to Kayak through the San Juan Islands but I knew I would never do it alone. I didn't have a week to spend on the vacation. This was the perfect amount of time, a fair price and amazing views.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Watching an entire pod of Orca whales by sunset at Turn point lookout only hours after watching them while sitting on my kayak. It just doesn't get better than that.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Bring along someone who you want to share this with. To me, the worst thing is to come alone and not have someone special to share this memory with.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect paddling, A+ guides

                  By Sheryl K

                  from Spokane, WA

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Stuart Island Camp View

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                    Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                    The guides were fantastic. They made the trip, in addition to the wonderful weather. They knew how to time things so it was perfect for us with the paddling (wind and tide at our back), hiking for a perfect sunset, and they produced fantastic meals - delicious and not too complicated. It was wonderful relaxation with paddling and hiking, just a perfect vacation.

                    The only very mild negative was that the camp on Stuart Island (which we stayed at for 2 nights, and which was very comfortable) is not very scenic. It is at the end of a bay, looking at boats in a harbor. It feels like you are camped in a town. There aren't many chances for photos on the water, etc. We did see river otters there though, so maybe that was the trade off.

                    • 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
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • We wanted to kayak in the San Juans and get an overview of the area since we hadn't been there before. We also wanted a weekend trip that we didn't have to pack our boats and camping equipment. We will go again with friends for other trips on our own. Our guides were helpful with tides, suggestions for paddling areas.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The wonderful rhythm of paddling on the ocean, and the beauty of the hike to Lover's Leap on Stuart Island.Also, the other people in the group were fantastic, and made the trip perfect.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Take this trip, it is great. Follow the packing advice from REI, it is accurate. The guides are first rate and fun.
                     
                    5.0

                    Great trip

                    By VegasNovice

                    from Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me First-Time Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                        I really enjoyed this trip: the location was gorgeous, the group was comfortable, the guides were good, and the weather couldn't have been better. It was a great opportunity to try out new activities (kayaking and camping) without a great committment in equipment, in a group with individuals of varying levels of experience and knowledge. I definitely recommend this trip.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I chose the trip because of the location, duration, and the opportunity to try out a couple of new activities (kayaking and camping).
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The views from the water were just amazing, and the weather was perfect.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Make sure your body can handle the upper-body activity required.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Superb Trip

                        By AVP

                        from Bellingham, WA

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Fantastic Guides
                        • Quality Group
                        • Wonderful Scenery

                        Cons

                        • Trip Description Details

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                          Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                          The description on the REI website leaves out a couple of important details: lunch is provided the first day, you need to be prepared to paddle 2+ hours without a break, no running water, return by noon or 1 pm on the last day - MUCH earlier than REI indicates.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • This is a great itinerary for anyone who has a little kayaking experience. If it is totally new to you, this may be a bit too much. The first day, we paddled 2+ hours without a break. If you haven't done this before, it can be daunting, and seem endless.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          For groups to come

                          By JustKeepSwimming

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Unclear preparation

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                            Essential Items: We all brought or needed these.
                            -1-6 pr. underwear
                            -1-3 pr. lightweight sports bras
                            -1-3 pr. wool socks
                            -1-3 short-sleeved shirts (rashguards, if possible)
                            -1-3 pr. pants
                            -1-2 sets long underwear (top/bottom)
                            -1 fleece jacket
                            -1 pr. water shoes (preferred: Tevas, Keen Whisper Sandals, Crocs)
                            -1 sleeping bag
                            -1 sleeping pad
                            -sun hat or cap
                            -sunglasses
                            -toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen

                            Strongly Recommended Items: Some of us wished we brought these.
                            -3-5 bandanas
                            -1 pr. lightweight hiking or tennis shoes (for walking around camp in dry feet)
                            -1 long-sleeved rash guard or wind-breaker
                            -1 water bottle
                            -1 headlamp (or flashlight)
                            -lip balm
                            -sunglasses retention strap

                            Optional Items: Only if they fit in your bag.
                            -rain poncho
                            -water bladder (ie: Camelpak)
                            -camera
                            -journal & pen
                            -leisure reading book
                            -paddling gloves
                            -first aid kit
                            -bathing suit
                            -trail mix/snacks
                            -personal camping gear
                            -aloe vera or skin lotion
                            -baby wipes
                            -playing cards

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • 3 days is perfect for a camping trip. I also love kayaking.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The trip guides!
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Call your coordinator if you have ANY questions. You may save yourself some trouble. See below for our group's recommended packing list. You want to avoid fabrics that take a long time to dry, like cotton. I put a number range depending on the type of hygiene you keep--ie: will you wear a worn shirt twice?

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            beautiful and relaxing

                            By noviceplus

                            from eugene or

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Guides
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                                the guides were kind, knowledgeable and encouraging. Kayaking was easy to moderate based on conditions. Know there is no running water on the base camping island, so "toiletries" are not needed. Pack an easy to wheel or carry bag. all your clothing is transferred into a stuff bag to transport via kayak. Had I known this I would have packed in rolling luggage which would have been easier to travel in..

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • the food was exceptional; hearing an orca exhale gave me pause and pleasure.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • No need to buy hiking boots as on the list, but a sturdy shoe with traction is a good idea. core strengthening training prior to trip is also a good idea.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                So much fun

                                By Sal the newbie

                                from Klamath Falls, OR

                                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend:

                                    It turns out that I'm crazy afraid of sea kayaking, which I didn't find out until we were on a different trip in Hawai'i (after I had already bought tickets for this trip). Even so, this was a fabulous trip with experienced guides on whom I could rely. We saw so many beautiful areas of the islands, and while I may have driven my husband crazy, the kayaking was not overly difficult and we became surprisingly proficient by the end of the first day (we rarely kayaked prior to this trip). The most amazing thought I had at the end of the trip was, "I want to do this again!" We had a great group from all over the country, and our guides were funny, dedicated, and experienced. I hope we take another REI trip this summer!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, I Liked the Itinerary
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I'm hesitant to step outside my outdoor safety zones, and this felt like a way to give my husband a gift that we could both enjoy.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • beautiful views from the boats, hiking on the island where we camped.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • It is not an overly strenuous trip, but making sure that you are physically fit is important.

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