Kayak from Orcas Island to Sucia Island Marine State Park
Our journey starts this morning on Orcas Island. After quick introductions we take our van shuttle to North Beach where our guides give us a kayaking orientation and distribute group gear. We then pack our personal belongings into provided dry-bags and prepare our tandem kayaks for the journey. The route from Orcas to Sucia gives us our first glimpse at the gorgeous remote island chain which makes up the "Sucia Group". We’ll take a break to explore Fossil Bay on foot, searching for fossils from the Cretaceous Period dating back approximately 70 million years. Slipping our boats back into the water, we keep an eye out for the birds and marine life that call this area home. Once on Sucia we work as a team to transport our gear and boats to shore before setting up our comfy home away from home. Lunch and dinner included.
Kayaking: 5-7 miles (3–4 hours)
Kayak to Matia Island Marine State Park and hike the island’s interior loop trail
After a peaceful night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, we hop in our boats and head out for an exploration on and around Matia Island (pronounced ma-TEE-ah). True to its designation as part of the San Juan Island’s National Wildlife Refuge, a diverse range of birds, marine and land mammals call this area home. On Matia we stretch our legs with a 1-mile loop hike through old growth forest before enjoying a hearty oceanside lunch. Once back on Sucia we can relax in camp, meditate on the edge of a quiet cove or wander along a nearby trail to catch the sunset. All meals included.
Kayaking: 6-7 miles (4-6 hours); Hiking: 1.1 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +199’ / -37’
Enjoy sunrise and coffee before our final kayak back to North Beach
We welcome the sunrise with a steaming mug of coffee and breakfast. As our last day together begins to unfold, we reflect on our incredible expedition and compare notes on our favorite parts of the journey. We break down our tents and load gear into our kayaks in preparation for the paddle back to North Beach. We take our time during this last stretch of our expedition, fully engaging our senses during our last hours together. At North Beach we enjoy a picnic lunch before our van ride back to Eastsound and the ferry terminal. Breakfast and lunch included.
Kayaking: 6–8 miles (3–4 hours)