"I just returned from a FANTASTIC trip with Outdoor Odysseys. The trip exceeded my expectations in every possible way. Sarah, our guide, was so knowledgeable and informative. She was incredibly warm, welcoming, fun, laid back, and patient...the perfect type of personality for guiding. Plus, to top it all off, her cooking was out of this world (healthy, fresh and filling). I would highly recommend Outdoor Odysseys to all my friends and family." Trip Advisor
Our three-quarter sea kayak circumnavigation of San Juan Island affords participants a chance to camp and kayak amongst the many islands that “ring” San Juan Island. You’ll have opportunities to see Orca whales and other large marine mammals and kayak among numerous small, uninhabited islands. With sublime views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains this trip is a Northwest classic!
Of course, our paddling itinerary is helped immeasurably by our great tasting camp cuisine. After a day of kayaking, our smoked salmon pesto fettuccine, with organically grown salad greens, washed down with a glass of bottled wine and topped off with freshly baked Dutch oven fudge brownies is pretty darn hard to beat!
Nifty Trip Features
- Due to our reputation and 29 years of experience we are able to attract guide / naturalists that are more mature and capable of holding their own in spirited talks around the campfire – as opposed to many guides working for other companies that are hired right out of college.
- Kayak in excellent whale and bald eagle habitat, paddle by an abandoned Coast Guard lighthouse and enjoy views of the Olympics and Mount Baker.
- Our “Killer Cuisine” – Our guides have the latitude to create wonderful menus, for example, Brie and cracker appetizers, bottled wines, smoked salmon pesto linguine, organic salad mix and a freshly made Dutch oven apple/pear crisp.
- Our camping trips are all-inclusive. Not all outfitters include delicious, prepared lunches, real maple syrup, bottled wines, organic produce and complimentary dry bags as an integral part of their tours.
- We kayak past dozens of different islands that comprise the San Juan archipelago and camp on several islands only accessible by boat.
Click the cover of our new cook book (at right) to get a sneak peak at our famous camp cuisine.
Why choose Outdoor Odysseys for your 4 Day San Juan Island kayak trip?
- Award Winning Tours – We have been named one of the “200 Best Outfitters in the World” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
- Naturalist / Guides – Our seasoned, professional guides, willingly share their knowledge of the whales, bald eagles, harbor seals you may encounter.
- Our Cuisine Rocks! - Brie and crackers, smoked salmon pesto fettuccine, organic salad greens, bottled wines and seasonal fruits dipped in a chocolate ganache - CAUTION: You may not lose any weight on this tour!
- San Juan County Park Launch – This tour launches from SJCP putting our guests in the heart of the “Best Orca Whale Habitat on the West Coast”.
- Since 1987 – We are the oldest and most experienced kayak company to launch from SJCP.
- Best Value - The small things: Dry bags and lunches included as standard (not all companies do), bottled wines & gourmet food = exceptional value.
2017 Dates and Prices
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"This was the second time my husband and I had been on a trip with Outdoor Odysseys. We also kayaked in Baja with them about 8 years ago. We chose to go with them on our trip to the Pacific Northwest because our Baja trip had been so fantastic.We were lucky to have had a very cohesive and friendly group of 8 adults. Our guide Tom was personable and knowledgable about the area but most of all a marvelous cook! The wine flowed freely and was delicious at the end of a day of exploring and kayaking. The group had a great time chatting around the fire in the evening and watching the marvelous sunsets." Trip Advisor 2010 4 day tour
Sea Kayak Trip Itinerary
Duration: 4 day | Length: 40 miles | Season: June - September
We depart from San Juan County Park after a thorough on-land orientation and paddle talk by our naturalist guides. We won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable with kayaking. On our first day we’re in prime orca whale habitat as we paddle north up to Stuart Island and our camp for the night.
After setting up our tents at the waters’ edge you can take a break as your guides whip up some great tasting sustenance. Your first day’s dinner is capped off with an artfully prepared apple/pear cobbler – courtesy of the cast iron Dutch ovens we use.
The next morning you’ll wake up to the smell of freshly brewed gourmet coffee and teas and our justly famous cinnamon swirl French toast. When everybody is suitably ‘fueled up’ we circumnavigate Stuart Island keeping a sharp eye peeled for orca whales and the occasional bald eagle or osprey.
On day three we break camp and point the noses of our stable double kayaks towards Jones Island, one of the jewels of the San Juans. En route we paddle along Spieden and Sentinel Islands stopping for lunch at a beautiful little cove on the east side of San Juan Island. As Jones is small, we’ll set up camp at one of the numerous delightful waterfront sites that ring the island. Guests usually hike around the island while the guides prepare your last night’s dinner.
On our last day we depart from Jones and kayak past picturesque Yellow Island, which is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. We work our way down San Juan Channel stopping at Turn Island for our final lunch and take out. We typically get back into Friday Harbor between 2-4 PM.
2016 Guide "Snapshot" Sarah
"I went on a 4 day trip with a bunch of strangers and I had zero kayaking experience. Needless to say, I was a little nervous.
And yet it was awesome! So beautiful, so fun, and so interesting. Also, the food was fantastic! Sarah was an amazing guide. Super chill, super easy going. I would go again in a heartbeat." Trip Advisor
Sarah is a native Washingtonian and graduate of WWU in environmental education. Were tickled to have her back for her 5th season of guiding for OO. Here is one of my all time favorite client quotes: "I especially liked Sarah's 'Jedi master skill handling' of the 12 year old boy on our trip." She is seasoned traveled, independent and has a great sense of humor. Ask Sarah about the winter she and two friends bought a sailboat in LA and sailed down the coast and into the Sea of Cortez.
Quick "Trip Facts"
Travel: Coming from Seattle? Most guests drive from Seattle to Anacortes & then take the ferry to San Juan Island.
Meeting Place & Time, Day 1: Meet at 8:30 AM in downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Gather at the Friday Harbor ferry terminal on the waterfront by the big tree / traffic circle off to your right as you get off the ferry.
Return Place & Time, Day 4: Friday Harbor ferry terminal, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Lodging: There are three B&B's (Bird Rock Hotel, Tucker House, and Harrison House) within a short walking distance of the ferry terminal. Check out our lodging page for suggested accommodations info.
Luggage: We'll store any luggage/gear you don't want to take on our trip.
Gear You Will Need: Water bottle, sunglasses and/or hat, sunscreen, appropriate kayak clothing & footwear (preferably not cotton or denim - quick-dry, synthetic and/or athletic clkothing works best; extra layers are always recommended; Chacos, Tevas or Crocs are good choices for paddling; an extra pair of shoes for camp, sleeping bag & pad.
Outdoor Odysseys Will Provide: Sea kayaks, all related kayaking gear, tent, large & small dry bags, tasteful cuisine, transportation between Friday Harbor and our launch location; (sleeping bag & pad available for rent).
Age Requirements: Since our kayak tours are held in a region with variable weather, tidal, and current conditions, we cannot for safety reasons take young children on trips. Our recommended minimum age is 12 years for any kayak tours in the San Juan Islands. If you have questions or concerns regarding trips with children under the age of 12, please contact us directly for more information.
Cancellations: Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.