Our trip begins this morning in Friday Harbor, Washington, located in the San Juan Islands archipelago. We meet a few hundred feet from the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal, then transfer to Roche Harbor to prepare for our kayaking excursion. Packing into dry bags, we load our kayaks and begin paddling across the open water of Spieden Channel and skirt Haro Strait, a favorite area for orca whale pods to find salmon. Tides and currents permitting, our picnic lunch stop will be on a picturesque beach on Posey, Gossip or Stuart Island. Returning to our kayaks, we paddle to Prevost Harbor on Stuart Island and set up camp for the next two nights. There is free time to relax, or perhaps head out for an evening paddle or hike. Tonight's dinner, made with locally sourced ingredients, is prepared by our guides. Lunch and dinner included.
Sea kayaking: 7-10 miles on open water with waves, tides, currents.
After a delicious hot breakfast prepared by our guides, we load up our kayaks with lunch, water and snacks, then kayak around Stuart, Johns, and Spieden 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 sight throughout the day, and in Boundary Pass or Haro Strait we hope to see orca whales. We make several stops to eat lunch, take a short hike and enjoy the beaches. In the late afternoon we return to our camp and head out for a hike, or take time to relax and soak in the views. Dinner is prepared in camp. All meals included.
Sea kayaking: 8-10 miles on open water with waves, tides, currents. Optional hike: 2-4 miles
Our final day on the water is spent paddling from Prevost Harbor towards Turn Point in Boundary Pass. We expect wonderful views of Mount Baker and the Canadian Cascade Mountains. Reaching Haro Strait, a clear day brings views over 100 miles to the south of the Olympic Mountains. After a break for lunch on the west side of Stuart or Posey Island, we paddle to Roche Harbor to unpack our kayaks. The trip concludes with a later afternoon transfer to the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. Extend your time in the lovely San Juan Islands or begin the journey home. Breakfast and lunch included.
Sea kayaking: 7-10 miles on open water with waves, tides, currents