transportation from seattle to the san juan islands

How do I get up to the San Juan Islands from Seattle?

You have a number of different travel options. The majority of our guests take a shuttle van that leaves right from Sea Tac airport 8-9 times a day and transports you to the Anacortes ferry terminal, which is about a two and a half drive. At the terminal it is

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enjoy our dutch oven camp cuisine

Are guide gratuities expected?

Outdoor Odysseys sea kayak guides strive to make each kayak expedition unique, fun, and safe for every client. We ensure that our 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

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san juan island shore

Are showers available?

Unfortunately, there are no showers available at the campsites we use. 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

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sea kayaking in the san juan islands

What are the camping facilities like?

We camp on various islands in the San Juan archipelago that are accessible only by boat. Our campsites are usually beautiful waterfront sites. The campsites are administered by the Washington State Parks Department. All the sites have picnic tables, fire pits, potable water and outhouses.

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kayak trip camp cuisine

I pretty much eat vegetarian…will that be a problem?

No worries. We don’t serve red meat or chicken in any of the delicious camp cuisine served on our trips. We do have one entree where smoked salmon is utilized. One lunch has canned tuna and another has deli-turkey sandwiches. In all cases other food is readily available. If you

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wildlife on a san juan islands sea kayaking trip

I’m single….How does that work if I come by myself?

Our kayak groups typically include a mixture of both single guests and couples. We’ll pair you up with another single guest or if there is an odd number of people on the trip you may paddle with one of our kayak guides.

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group of sea kayakers

What is the average group size of your kayak trips?

On average our group sizes tend to be around 6 – 7 guests per tour. On our day trips if we get above 9 participants we will add another guide and start another trip. On our overnight tours if we get more than 9 guests we will add another guide.

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kayaking by lime kiln lighthouse

How far do we kayak every day?

It varies, but figure an average of 7-10 miles per day with 12 miles the maximum we paddle in one day. Our tours are geared for novices and intermediate paddlers, so we’re not out there to make “mega-miles.” We also have a lot of flexibility in our tours giving participants

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Walking on Stuart Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

What sort of things will I learn about the area ecology and wildlife?

One of our primary goals at Outdoor Odysseys is to raise awareness about the unique character and importance of the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. The breadth of knowledge held by the diverse staff at Outdoor Odysseys ranges from marine biology, zoology, and geology, to environmental science, policy,

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wildlife on a san juan islands sea kayaking trip

What kind of wildlife will we see on a San Juan Islands sea kayak trip?

It may be easier to list what you won’t see. Some of the more common wildlife sightings include minke whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and river otters. In terms of birds, the San Juans are host to the second largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower

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beginning kayakers on a san juan island sea kayaking trip

I have never kayaked before, is that going to be a problem?

No experience is necessary! Beginners are welcome on all of our Eagles & Orcas tours. Your safety is our number one priority. We use very stable double kayaks that tend to be wider and much more stable than single kayaks. We employ mature, seasoned guides who will give you a

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orca whales in the san juan islands

When is the best time to see whales in the San Juan Islands?

The southern resident pods of Orca whales currently number over 80 individually identified whales in three separate pods. They are generally found in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands between May and October when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in either the Fraser River

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sea kayaking in the san juan islands

When is the best time of year for kayaking in the San Juan Islands?

It depends to some extent on what you’re looking for. Late May, June and early July is considered the best time for seeing orca whales. The islands are less crowded then, but offer greater probabilities of getting variable weather. July and August generally offer the best weather in terms of

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