5-Day Sea Kayak Expedition
Departing From Anacortes
Roam the San Juan Islands at your own pace on this exceptional sea kayaking tour. Spend your days counting pinnipeds as you kayak through the home of the densest population of Harbor seals in the world. Look for black dorsal fins cutting the water indicating the approach of a pod of Washington State’s most iconic marine mammal, the Orca whale. At the end of the day pour yourself a drink and relax in the warmth of the evening light. It’s been another great day on the water and your body feels fantastic.
Disappear into a maze of waterways and spend the week disconnected from the outside world. Or take advantage of modern living and tease your friends with selfies from remote shorelines with amazing views! This is your trip.
May - October 11
All Inclusive: $899 Adults | $875 Kids 12 and under
Self-Catered: $705 Adults | $680 Kids 12 and under
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. **Single occupancy, private tent: $50 fee.
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No Ferry Hassles!
We know that you want to spend less time traveling and more time sea kayaking. This trip accomplishes that goal and gets you out on the water faster than any other. No San Juan Island ferry hassles are necessary to begin your expedition. We depart directly from Anacortes, on lovely Fidalgo Island, and you can drive directly to us which saves all sorts of time, worries and added expense.
The trip starts on Fidalgo Island and enters the waters of the San Juan Islands National Monument. The protected status of the nearby Cypress Island Marine Reserve and it’s large neighbor to the west, Blakely Island, have created a healthy habitat that supports some of the most dense wildlife populations in the Puget Sound region. This abundance spills out into the surrounding waters and islands, creating many wildlife viewing opportunities. Bald eagles are common here and nest on nearly every island. Seals and porpoise are found in good numbers throughout the San Juans which has attracted the groups of Orca whales who hunt them. We have been seeing them more frequently in recent years than ever before, so keep your eyes open!
The San Juan Islands are world famous for their pastoral beauty and protected waterways. Sea kayaking is the preferred mode of exploration, allowing you to slowly move through the landscape and see details missed by others. Gliding silently through a maze of islands you are treated to new vistas around every corner.
Each island has its own character. Small historical family farms dominate the “Friendly Isle” of Lopez, while the outstanding Cypress Island Reserve is best known for its unbroken forests and dense wildlife populations. Orcas Island dominates the scene with 2400 foot high Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans. The Wasp Islands Group, with its tiny cluster of grassy islands has long been a favorite place for visitors.
We encourage you to collaborate with your guides on setting up the most rewarding itinerary for your group so that you can create the memorable and personalized experience that you deserve.
Every expedition that we send out gets a lot of personal attention from us, and our 5-day trips are a favorite challenge. We understand that the one thing that you are sure to remember is whether you liked the food and so we focus intently on that. As the owners of the company we personally see to the creation of each meal plan on our multi-day camping expeditions. We source much of our food from local organic farms in the Skagit and Samish River valleys, and use the freshest seasonal ingredients possible in all of our dishes. On our 5-day trips we often make a quick stop at little stores found on certain islands to replenish our stocks and support the communities there. This allows us to offer the freshest meals throughout the excursion. If you have any special dietary needs then just let us know, we can accommodate almost any request.
This is an authentic kayak expedition camping expedition! Once you depart from Fidalgo Island you will be entirely self-sufficient, carrying all that you need in your kayaks. Your campsites are all located on marine parks and offer splendid views right from your tent. Due to the dry climate of the San Juan Islands there is not enough water for showering, although many provide potable water. There is no electricity at these campgrounds and so we recommend bringing an external battery for your electronic needs. Washington State Parks operates well-maintained toilet facilities at each camp area.
No Experience Necessary!
Like all of our kayak tours, this one requires no previous paddling experience. Because we depart from San Juan Island the first day can require longer paddling distances. If you wish for a less ambitious itinerary then please let us know at the time of booking so that we can discuss the different options available.
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. This is a great option if you already have your own camping gear and want a budget conscious choice.
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
The San Juan Islands of Washington State are the southern representatives of a massive island group that extends all the way from Washington State to Southeast Alaska. It is set apart from its northern neighbors in several ways that benefit residents and visitors alike. In the summer months the San Juans enchant visitors with a mild and warm climate with very little rainfall. In many places this produces a Mediterranean climate with associated oak forests and grasslands. Summer visitors can expect sunny days and comfortable temperatures. The calm summer weather patterns also means that we enjoy better kayaking conditions than other places in Washington State.
Your five-day sea kayaking expedition will be the perfect opportunity to explore a wide variety of shorelines. Beginning in the wildlife rich waters of Rosario Strait you will enter the heart of the San Juan Islands archipelago and visit islands that are only accessible by small boats. Washington State has preserved many places as Marine Parks, complete with camp areas and trail systems. The campsites offer peaceful views of the sea and are perfect locations to watch for passing wildlife. Orca whales can be seen hunting along these shores, and Rosario Strait has become the most common area for us to encounter them. Many a meal has been interrupted by the sudden appearance of these magnificent animals!
Progressing further into the San Juan Islands brings a subtle change to the atmosphere of the trip. The air is often warmer and calm, and small farms come into view. Summer homes invite dreams of a quiet life away from the hustle of the city, and small watercraft carry island residents to their favorite fishing holes.
Depending on your chosen route you may find yourself out in the Wasp Islands. Shaped by glaciers this cluster of small islets has been used for centuries by native groups as fishing and hunting grounds, and more recently has become a favorite stopping point for kayakers and boaters.
As you begin to loop back toward Anacortes your group may choose to kayak along a slightly different route, bringing you to the Cypress Island Reserve. This is one of the most unique places in the San Juan islands, and a real treasure for Washington State. Cypress Island is the fourth largest of the San Juan Islands and 90% of it has been set aside for preservation. Free from the pressures of development the island has matured into a hotspot for wildlife. Miles of trails beckon adventurers, leading them into groves of old growth forest, hidden lakes, and some jaw-dropping viewpoints. Eagle Cliff is often the highlight for guests on our kayak trips that visit Cypress Island. Sunsets here are simply the best.
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.