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 Orca whales, seals, porpoise, and other wildlife found along the way!

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May - September

All Inclusive: $599 Adults | $575 Kids 12 and under
Self-Catered: $450 Adults | $425 Kids 12 and under
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. **Single occupancy, private tent: $50 fee.
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Wildlife!

This kayaking expedition departs from the west side of San Juan Island and immediately enters the proposed Orca Whale Sanctuary. Although the whales sometimes choose different travel patterns this route takes you along the most probable place for a whale encounters near San Juan Island. Harbor seals and Dall’s porpoise 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.

Scenery

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.

Delicious Cuisine

Like all of our fully-catered overnight kayaking trips, this 3-Day kayaking adventure will be a gastronomic delight!  Your guides take a lot of pride in providing delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout your tour. Snacks and hot drinks are also provided whenever you like. Our hope is to exceed your expectations when it comes to the food we serve. We understand that the one thing that you are sure to remember is whether the food was good. As the owners of the company we personally 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.

Camping

This is a true expedition camping experience! Once you depart from San Juan Island you will be entirely self-sufficient, carrying all that you need in your kayaks. Your camp areas are only accessible by sea, 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 in order to maximize your kayaking and relaxation time.

No Experience Necessary!

Like all of 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 of your kayaking equipment (boats, paddles, lifejackets, dry bags, etc).>
  • All meals (from lunch on Day One to Lunch on Day Three) plus snacks, hot drinks, and limited cold drink mixes. Please feel free to bring your own alcohol of choice.
  • Cooking Equipment.
  • Complimentary insulated travel mug to take home with you afterwards!
  • All camping equipment including tents, insulated Thermarest sleeping pads.
  • All land use permits/fees.
  • The best customer service support in the industry.

Please check our packing list carefully to make sure that you have the appropriate gear. If you plan to bring any of your own equipment then please let us know prior to 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 launch site.
  • Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Sleeping bags .
  • Rain Gear
  • Personal Items (toiletries, clothing, headlamps, etc.)

Sleeping bags can be rented for $25/trip if you prefer to travel without one. Please reserve these in advance to ensure that we have one ready for you, can also be reserved at the time of booking.

About The Area:

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The west side of the San Juan islands as 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. It used to be considered the heart of Orca whale territory in Washington State and although that area has expanded now, to include the waters near Anacortes, it is still a fantastic place to experience kayaking with whales when they are nearby. Most of the route we take stays along the “Orca Highway”, maximizing our opportunities to run into these beautiful animals.

Stuart Island and Jones Island are two of the most popular Marine State Parks in the San Juan Islands. The campgrounds are accessible only by sea, making them a favorite destination among sea kayakers in Washington State.

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.