Frequently Asked Questions

What trip offers the best chances of a whale sighting?

This is probably the most popular question that we hear on the phone. All of our tours have had a fair share of sighting over the years, but the San Juan Island trips have the highest statistical probability. We advise our guests to set reasonable expectations though. The animals travel over a wide area (over 100 miles/day) and are unfortunately not concerned at all about our hopes and dreams of seeing them. If you feel that you really need to see them from a kayak then we would recommend one of our Multi-Day trips, or joining several of our day trips. More time on the water is the best way to increase your odds (“if you shoot into the pond long enough, you’re bound to hit a fish”). For more information please visit our Kayaking with Orca whales page.

I have never tried sea kayaking before, how do I know whether I can do this?

These trips are designed specifically for people with little or no previous experience, and our kayak tours are the ultimate in “soft adventure”. The goal is to move quietly and easily through the landscape and try to take as much of the scenery as we can. All of our tours will move as slowly as necessary to ensure that everybody has a great experience because we really want you to try this again, whether it is here or in some other part of the world. Our guides are very competent paddlers, and well-trained trip leaders, they will worry about the details so that you can relax and enjoy yourself. If you have any specific concerns then please call us so that we can make sure that you get placed on the most enjoyable trip possible.

What if it rains?

As the saying goes; “there is no such thing as bad weather, just unfortunate clothing choices.” We are very fortunate that we live in the “rainshadow” of the Olympic Mountains and consequently we receive much less precipitation than Seattle and the rest of Western Washington. Don’t rely on Seattle weather reports to tell you what it will be like up here because it is a different climate. What little rain falls in the summer rarely lasts for too long and it usually creates some of the most beautiful kayak trips of the season as the muted colors of the Pacific Northwest come alive with the moisture. We won’t cheat you out of the experience because of a little rain, bring a rain-jacket or borrow one of ours and come to enjoy the show!

Can I paddle in a single kayak?

Yes! We have a limited number of single kayaks available to reserve. Check out our Single Kayaks for Day Trips option and our Single Kayaks for Multiday Trips option pages for more information. We are currently the only outfitter in the San Juan Islands to be able to offer this option. The superior training and skill levels of our guides allow us to make this type of experience available to our guests.

What’s the weight limit for paddling in a kayak?

265 lbs for double kayaks and 225 lbs for single kayaks.

We were on our first kayak tour today with Andy and Leslie at 9am. What a great experience! Our 9 and 5 year old daughters can’t stop talking about what they saw and the fun they had kayaking. Just wanted you to know that Andy and Leslie were fantastic and made our first experience memorable. Please send our thanks again to Andy and Leslie for a great trip!

Thanks,
Gary Brennan

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