Half Day Kayak Tour

Happy Paddlers and Striking View of Mt. Baker!

Outdoor Odysseys was a great choice! Our guide was a lot of fun (but didn’t skimp on safety). He knew the area and gave out good info on the local area and natural sights, and worked to make sure everyone’s expectations were met. Trip Advisor

Half  Day San Juan Island Sea Kayaking Tour
(5 minutes from town – but a world apart!)


Harbor seals are commonly seen on our Griffin Bay half-day tours.

Being 3 hours pick up to drop off and only 5 minutes from town, this tour is perfect for beginners, families or anybody that has limited time but wants to maximize that time on the water! Our Half Day kayaking tour offers terrific paddling opportunities in a scenic, yet protected bay on the south side of San Juan Island. It features terrific views of Lopez Island, Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains. We’ll also enjoy opportunities for paddling around picturesque Dinner Island.

Wildlife encountered may include bald eagles, harbor seals, river otter and numerous birds ranging from loons, great blue herons and my personal favorite – Rhinoceros Auklets (so named because in breeding plumage they have a horn protruding from their bill.) Very Cool! You may also view vividly colored orange and purple sea stars.

Trip Bonus: Little, if any boat traffic! Compared to paddling in Friday Harbor, Roche or even the west side, Griffin Bay offers participants a safer, quieter, more tranquil experience due to the lack of boats on the water.

Nifty Trip Features:

  • Calm waters and intriguing eel grass beds…

    Beginners – This is a great tour for anybody new to the sport…

  • Protected Waters – Paddling in Griffin Bay offers more protection from large swells and current than most other island kayak locations.
  • Family Fun!– We have triple kayaks so we are able to accommodate kids, ages 6 and above, on our tours by putting the smallest in the middle cockpit.
  • Less Boat Traffic – Compared to paddling in Friday, Roche Harbor or even the west side of the island, Griffin Bay offers participants a safer, more tranquil experience while paddling
  • Limited Time? – Participants who don’t want to spend the entire day kayaking will enjoy the shorter departures we offer throughout the day (3 hours pickup to drop-off)- as well as the five minute van ride from town!

Featured Guide: Chris – MS in Marine Biology

Chris knows how to play a mean bull kelp!

Chris is no stranger to the Puget Sound ecosystem and the amazing flora and fauna found therein! He recently completed his MS in marine biology from WWU in Bellingham, WA. In addition, he has worked as an environmental educator for the Olympic Park Institute.

“This was our second trip with OOK and we, again, had a fabulous time. Our adult sons joined us and also said they really enjoyed the trip. Chris and Tony were low key enough to keep the group relaxed but also fun. They were well versed naturalists along with being conservation and safety minded.”  Trip Advisor

Dates and Prices

Price: $89 plus tax

Daily AM & PM Tours from Mid-May to October

If you don’t see your desired dates call 360-378-3533 for availability.

Morning: 10:45-1:45 – What a delightful way to start your San Juan day (better even than coffee, gasp!?) with a fun, leisurely loop around Griffin Bay and scenic Dinner Island as we keep a sharp lookout for seals and bald eagles.

Afternoon: 2:30-5:30 – Come paddle with us during the lazy, idyllic part of the day when the sun is at it’s zenith and you’re able to experience exceptional views of glaciated Mt. Baker.

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: Meet at 10:45 A or, 2:30 PM in downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. As you walk off the ferry bear to your right and look for the large tree and traffic circle a half block from the ferry terminal (same side) next to the ice cream stand.

Return Place & Time: Friday Harbor ferry terminal

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 layers work best, and extra layers are always recommended; Chacos, Tevas or Crocs are great shoe-wise. (Your feet will get wet getting in and out of the boats.)

Outdoor Odysseys Will Provide: Sea kayaks, all related kayaking gear, a dry bag to stow personal effects while on the water, transportation to and from Friday Harbor and our launch site, instruction and knowledgeable guiding.

Age Requirements: Using our triple kayaks we can take children 6 and above as long as there are two adults in the kayak.
Cancellations: Please refer to our Cancellation Policy for further information.

Weather: We paddle rain or shine so please make sure you bring appropriate clothing. You’ll find that you generally stay warm and dry while paddling because it is an upper body sport. We supply you with life jacket and a waterproof spray skirt which provides some protection for your upper body.  Your lower body will stay nice and dry because we use decked kayaks.

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