3 Day Trips from
Anacortes to Cypress Island
3 day kayaking expedition
all inclusive for $549
self-catered for $385
Limited number of Single Kayaks available!
Call for availability
Trips meet in Anacortes at 8:00 a.m. on the day of departure to check in and begin packing.
Return time varies, usually we are back at the beach in the late afternoon or early evening (2pm–5pm).
Because we run the smallest group sizes in the industry these trips fill quickly! Book now to ensure a place on the sea kayaking trip that you choose!
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Cypress Island is the “last best place” in the San Juan Islands. Nearly 90% of this remarkable island is managed by the Department of Natural Resources and has been designated by the State of Washington as a Natural Resource Conservation Area and a Natural Area Preserve- giving it the highest form of protection that state land can have.
While most of the San Juan Islands have been privatized and developed, their shorelines made forever off-limits by private owners, Cypress Island has actually gone the other way. Since 1923 it has been recognized as a place of incredible ecological and historical importance, and great efforts have been made to protect one of the few remaining intact, publicly owned pieces of the San Juan Islands’ natural history.
At the beginning of the 1900’s logging had greatly impacted the San Juans. Much of the timber went straight into the fire to heat the great lime kilns on Orcas and San Juan Island. While some logging took place on Cypress Island, the industry died out before the ancient groves in the Cypress Highlands could be cut. Now, nearly one hundred years later, the forest once again covers the steep slopes providing critical habitat for island wildlife. The old growth in the highlands are some of the last remaining stands in the entire San Juan Islands.
Currently surveyors on Cypress Island have identified 142 species of birds (plus 50 sighted, but undocumented bird species) and over 264 plant species! And that is just above the waterline! This kind of biodiversity puts Cypress Island into “world class” status.
While the forests of Cypress Island provide a classically “San Juan Islands” backdrop for visitors, it is the shorelines and intertidal zones that attract sea kayakers. Steep, rocky headlands, protected bays, and sub-tidal eelgrass meadows support a wide variety of creatures that can best be viewed from the cockpit of a sea kayak. Offshore of Cypress Island are the Cone Islands, a small cluster of “gumdrop” islands (this term is applied to the many tiny islets in the San Juans that appear, from a distance, as gumdrop candies). A variety of sea birds, seals, porpoise, and Bald eagles are just a few of the animals that can be found out here. Some of our most incredible Orca whale encounters have occurred while we were exploring “the Cones.”
The two camping areas on Cypress Island are both primitive areas with outstanding views and access to great hiking trails. The hiking here is something that you do not want to miss out on. Our favorite trail is 1.2 miles long and takes you up to the dramatic viewpoint on top of 900 foot Eagle Bluff. This is arguably the best place in the San Juan Islands to view a sunset, and one of the top two vistas in the San Juan Islands (the other one being Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island).
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We specialize in small group, all inclusive, multi-day sea kayak trips in the San Juans.
- On these multi-day sea kayaking expeditions we strictly adhere to a 6 guest per guide ratio. All trips larger than 6 people will have two guides.
- Groups of 5 or more guests can choose to have a private kayaking experience!
- A small sea kayaking group can move much more efficiently. We need less time attending to logistical issues like setting up or breaking camp and have more time for exploring and having fun in the San Juan Islands.
- All camping and kayaking equipment is provided, as are all meals, including lunches.
The longer multi-day sea kayaking expeditions are best suited for folks in reasonably good shape. Occasionally there is a need to make a long push to get to the next campsite and we would not want to wear anyone out on a long crossing. We actually design these trips to be a little more physically involved. 5 day trips might average 8-10 miles per day paddling.
Anacortes Kayak Tours reserves the right to change or cancel available departure dates and prices. Once you book a kayak tour with us we will run it, as long as weather conditions permit us to conduct a safe sea kayaking excursion.
On multiday kayaking trips we do have a minimum of two people to run the trip, this is a matter of safety, not economics.Don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or would like additional details on any of our trips.