San Juan Island, WA- Friday Harbor
Select dates. June - August.
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- Your guides have over 25 years experience and were a 2009 recipient of National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine's "200 Best Adventure Travel" award
- Enjoy 3 days kayaking around the San Juan Islands and two nights relaxing with award winning micro-brews expertly paired with gourmet cuisine
- Take in the breathtaking scenery as you view Orca whales, bald eagles, and more on this all-inclusive camping trip on an island only accessible by boat!
Experience an unforgettable three day adventure with sublime paddling, wildlife viewing, eating gourmet meals and award winning Northwest micro-brew sampling.
Day One - You will meet your group on San Juan Island and have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the kayak, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. On the first day, you'll work your way northward, kayaking along the picturesque east side of the island. You'll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including eagles, harbor seals, and dall porpoise. As you look to the east, you'll have incredible views of Mt. Baker. When you reach Jones Island, your destination for the night, you'll set up camp. Your guide will prepare dinner while you relax by the fire with a micro-brew and gourmet appetizers.
Day Two - The next morning, your guide will be up early to make sure the great tasting 'Orca blend' coffee (or tea) is ready, in addition to whipping up a freshly made Dutch oven frittata accompanied with fresh seasonal fruits. You'll choose your paddling voyage for the day - paddle through the "Wasps", a delightful collection of small islands tucked between Shaw and Orcas Islands, or paddle up President's channel along the cliffy, rough side of Orcas for the day. Back at camp for the evening, your guide will cook another gourmet, tastefully prepared meal with micro-brew pairings. After dinner you may hike around Jones, go for a bio-luminescence paddle or just kick back and relax around the fire at camp.
Day Three - After breakfast, you'll break camp, load the boats and paddle south back to the put-in site. The final lunch will be on Turn Island, a small pristine island with a resident eagle's nest. When you arrive at take-out on San Juan Island, you'll have a van pick you up and take you back to Friday Harbor.
- Participants must be at least 21 years of age
- All kayak gear, meals, tents, dry bags are included
- Transportation between Friday Harbor and the launch location is provided
- Lodging: Camping is included in this package. Details will be provided at the time of booking
3 days and 2 nights.
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 per tour. For groups larger than 4 please contact Cloud 9 Living directly for pricing.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
We go rain or shine so dress appropriately.
What to Wear:
Outfitter will provide gear and packing list at time of booking.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 30 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation no refunds will be given; however, cancellations made at least 45 days prior to the Experience will incur a cancellation fee of $30, with the remaining balance to be applied to another future booking of a Cloud 9 Living Experience of the participant's choice. Cancellations made 21-45 days prior to the Experience will incur a cancellation fee of $184.50, with the remaining balance to be applied to another future booking of a Cloud 9 Living Experience of the participant's choice. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 21 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
I have little experience kayaking, is that a problem?
No experience necessary! Your safety is our number one priority. Very stable double kayaks are used that tend to be wider and much more stable than single kayaks. The guides are mature, seasoned guides who will give you a very thorough on-land orientation before you start your trip. You will learn the basics of kayak paddling including how to steer and fit the boat. The tour won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable with ocean kayaking techniques. Throughout your kayak trip, your guide is always there to give you pointers and assist you with your paddling skills.
You also don’t have surf zones to contend with in the San Juan Islands. Vancouver Island directly to the west of San Juan Island serves as a ‘buffer’ for the Pacific Ocean waves and surf – which is one reason why the San Juan Islands are one of the premier kayak destinations in North America.
Another important consideration is that the tours don’t venture very far from the coastline. It really isn’t necessary, as the wildlife tends to concentrate along the rich habitat found where the tour is operated.
How far do we kayak every day?
It varies, but figure an average of 7-10 miles per day with 12 miles the maximum the tour will paddle in one day. These tours are geared for novices and intermediate paddlers, so you're not out there to make "mega-miles."
I'm single...How does that work if I go on the tour by myself?
The kayak groups typically include a mixture of both single guests and couples. You'll be paired up with another single guest or if there is an odd number of people on the trip you may paddle with one of the kayak guides.
I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?
Not at all! If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time of booking and we can accommodate your needs. In addition, you are always welcome to bring your own food to supplement the food that is provided.
What are the camping facilities like?
The campsites are usually beautiful waterfront sites. They are administered by the Washington State Parks Department. All the sites have picnic tables, fire pits, potable water and outhouses.
Are showers available at the campsite?
Unfortunately, there are no showers available at the campsites used. On the positive side, if you?ve never kayaked before you?ll be pleasantly surprised that you do not get as dirty and sweaty as you would backpacking. There are public showers located in Friday Harbor at the end of the trip.
Are guide gratuities expected?
The sea kayak guides strive to make each kayak expedition unique, fun, and safe for every client. The guides are efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If you feel your guide did an exceptional job and made your time on the water more enjoyable feel free to express your thanks with a tip. Tipping is not expected, but it is greatly appreciated by your guides. General rule of thumb for the service industry is 10-15 percent.
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