Meet your group in Friday Harbor this morning before a short transfer to historic Roche Harbor. Here our guides conduct an orientation, give a safety briefing and cover key lessons around marine navigation. We then transfer our belongings to the provided dry bags, pack up our kayaks and enjoy our first lunch together before setting off on the water. Accessible only by boat and part of the Cascadia Marine Trail, Jones Island State Park serves as our home-away-from-home for the next two nights. After crossing San Juan Channel and arriving on this beautiful island oasis we set up camp and enjoy a well-deserved dinner. Lunch and dinner included.
Kayaking: 3 hours
Our day on the water begins by exploring a small group of islands clustered within the San Juan archipelago. Home to a remarkable array of biodiversity and a rich cultural history, the Wasp Islands offer families an ideal outdoor classroom. Our expert guides spend time enlightening our group on how this tiny of cluster of islands became such an important part of coastal Native American life, and help us understand the role the San Juan Islands play in a healthy Pacific Northwest marine ecosystem today. Later this afternoon we’ll kayak to the tiny hamlet of Deer Harbor, where we’ll stretch our legs and enjoy a snack. We wrap up the day by kayaking back to our camp on Jones Island, where we can relax around camp or explore on our own before dinner. All meals included.
Kayaking: 4–5 hours
After packing up camp and loading our kayaks, we’re off on our final journey through San Juan Channel. We take our time retracing our route from Jones Island to Roche Harbor. With much of the saltwater and shoreline in the islands being a protected wildlife refuge, this is a perfect last-minute opportunity to watch for eagles, seals, porpoise, orcas and countless other species that call this archipelago home. We celebrate our wonderful three days with a tasty lunch before unpacking back at Roche Harbor. The trip concludes with a fond farewell to new friends and the San Juan Islands back at the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. We plan to arrive by 4pm, so departures by float plane or ferry can be booked for any time after 5pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
Kayaking: 4 hours