3-Day Kayak Trip: from San Juan Island
Kayak to the most popular Marine State Parks in the San Juan Islands. This is our most physically ambitious 3-day sea kayaking expedition due to the required distance needed to paddle to reach our camping destination. It rewards your efforts with comfortable campsites and peaceful walks to outstanding views of the San Juan Islands. Keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, porpoises, and other exciting wildlife along the way!
May - September
All Inclusive: $825 | Self-Catered: $725
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, 4-person minimum. **Single occupancy, private tent: $50 fee.
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This kayaking expedition departs from the west side of San Juan Island and travels north to the gorgeous marine parks of Stuart Island or Jones Island. Harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, and other marine mammals abound in these waters, and you are sure to encounter them along the way. Eagles nest in the forested slopes of nearby islands, and a host of seabirds can be seen foraging in the tidal currents.
The journey to your island campground passes through one of the most scenic landscapes in Washington State. The Canadian Gulf Islands rise peacefully from the sea, and the remote Outer San Juan Islands beckon you onward. Once you are in camp, be sure to take time to walk out to Lover’s Leap for Stuart Island’s best sunset views or search for rare cactus plants on Jones Island as the evening light paints the Canadian sky.
Like all of our fully-catered overnight kayaking trips, this 3-Day kayaking adventure will be a gastronomic delight! Your guides take great pride in providing delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout your tour. Snacks and hot drinks are also provided whenever you like. We hope to exceed your expectations regarding the food we serve. We understand that the one thing that you are sure to remember is whether the food was good. As the company's owners, we see to the creation of each meal plan on our multi-day camping expeditions. We source most of our food from local organic farms here in the Skagit and Samish River valleys and use the freshest seasonal ingredients possible in all of our dishes. We are also happy to accommodate any special dietary needs upon request.
This is a true expedition camping experience! Once you depart from San Juan Island, you will be entirely self-sufficient, carrying everything you need in your kayaks. Your camp areas are only accessible by sea and have running water and composting toilets for your convenience. On these 3-day trips, we often camp in the same camp area for both nights to maximize your kayaking and relaxation time.
No Experience Necessary!
Like all our kayak tours, this one requires no previous paddling experience. Our fun and professional guides will take care of the details so that you can relax and enjoy yourself.
It should be noted that the 3-day trips from San Juan Island are our most physically demanding. We recommend that you be in moderate physical condition before you embark on this adventure.
What is included (Fully Catered package*):
- Professional guiding service.
- All your kayaking equipment (boats, paddles, lifejackets, dry bags, etc).
- All meals (from day one to lunch on day three) plus snacks, hot drinks, and limited cold drink mixes. Please feel free to bring your alcohol of choice.
- Cooking Equipment.
- Complimentary insulated travel mug to take home with you afterward!
- All camping equipment, including tents and insulated Thermarest sleeping pads.
- All land use permits/fees.
- The best customer service support in the industry.
Please check our packing list carefully to ensure you have the appropriate gear. If you plan to bring any of your equipment, then please let us know before arrival so that we do not bring unnecessary duplicates.
*Self-catered package includes everything above, except food, cooking equipment, travel mug, and camping equipment.
What is not included:
- Flights, airport transfers, taxis, transportation to the launch site
- Travel/Medical insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Sleeping bags
- Rain Gear
- Personal Items (toiletries, clothing, headlamps, etc.)
Sleeping bags can be rented for $35/trip if you prefer to travel without one. Please reserve these in advance to ensure we have one ready for you. They can also be reserved at the time of booking.
About The Area:
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You will gain quite an appreciation and understanding of the labyrinthine waterways of the San Juan Islands on this trip. Choosing a one-way itinerary allows you to cover new territory with every stroke of the paddle, unveiling new shorelines that you otherwise would be unable to explore on just one trip.
The west side of the San Juan Islands has long been a popular place for sea kayaking. It is located on Haro Strait, which is also the border between the United States and Canada. You will be treated to fantastic views of the Canadian Gulf Islands as you navigate your way through the wildlife-rich waters of the San Juan Islands.
The trip will also traverse the waters of the Wasp Islands Group, a cluster of nine little islands that are mostly undeveloped, supremely beautiful, and have attracted sailors and visitors for over two hundred years. Traveling through the heart of the islands allows you to be in the most protected waters of the San Juan Islands. You’ll float past beautiful historical farms and private vacation homes, and the San Juan Island ferries will often be in view as they carry islanders and visitors to their various destinations.
On the last days of your trip, you will enter the islands of Rosario Strait, the principal waterway in this part of the San Juan Islands. It is a hotbed of activity for many kinds of wildlife. There are many National Wildlife Refuges here, and the Cypress Island Reserve, with its unbroken forested slopes, dominates the scene. The abundance of seals and porpoises on this side of the San Juan Islands is the likely cause for the recent explosion in the number of Transient Orca whales here.
Three days of travel, ever-changing scenery, and no reason to backtrack. There is a good reason why this is becoming the most popular 3-Day kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands!
Is this for you?
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 6 or more guests can choose to have a private kayaking experience! (multi-day trips only)
- 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.
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.