Spend three days paddling the San Juan Islands and two nights enjoying award-winning craft beers from small Washington State breweries as our expertly guided sea kayaking tour by day becomes a waterfront tasting room by night. This year we are featuring, Icicle Brewing from Leavenworth, San Juan Brewing from Friday Harbor, and Wander Brewing from Bellingham (see departure dates below). We will be pairing these locally crafted beers with our delicious camp cuisine while you relax and enjoy the view! Find out more about our trip below and we hope to see you on your next San Juan Island Kayak Tour!
Your Outdoor Odysseys guides will meet you in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Our van will take the group, which generally averages from 6-8 participants (maximum of 12), to our launch site on the south side of San Juan Island. After packing all camping and personal gear, we’ll have a thorough orientation covering the fitting of the boat, paddling technique, safety and boat handling. We won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable about paddling.
We'll paddle north past the unique and numerous islands and wildlife refuges that helps comprise the 172 islands of the archipelago. We’ll keep a sharp eye out for wildlife including eagles, harbor seals and the smallest of the whale family, the harbor porpoise. As we look to the east, you'll have spectacular views of Mt. Baker. Our destination for the night is Jones Island, one of the jewels of the San Juans. Jones is entirely state park and ringed with waterfront campsites and a forest of evergreens and Gary oak trees. After camp is set up, your guide will prepare dinner while you get to relax with a number of beer tastings poured and detailed by an expert from the brewery.
Awaken to the sounds of the sea and a hot cup of coffee from our on-island roaster. Indulge in a warm breakfast cooked by your guide in a dutch oven before starting your paddle. Choose from a number of routes weaving through the broken chain of Wasp Islands or paddle beneath the cliffs and lime kiln ruins on the north side of Orcas Island. Spend the late afternoon hiking a portion or all 4 miles of the trail around Jones or lay on the beach and watch river otters and mink play along the rocks. Dine on more food and beer tastings while you watch the sun dip below the horizon from arguably the best sunset view in the archipelago. Finish your evening by the campfire and under the light of the stars, or see the “stars in the water” on a guided bioluminescence trip.
The adventure is far from over on the last day. We’ll kayak past picturesque Yellow and Low Islands, which are owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Enjoy a long lunch on Turn Island with views of harbor seal haul outs and Mount Baker. We’ll complete our journey on the east side of San Juan Island, load our gear and our paddlers, and have you back to Friday Harbor between 2-4 PM to meet your Washington State ferry or continue your time on the islands.
The OO crew couldn't have been more professional and prepared from the moment they picked us up at Friday Harbor through the launch and landing. It was beyond expectations and worth every penny.Brian
If you’re looking for a fun and unforgettable kayak trip in the San Juan Islands, I highly recommend Outdoor Odyssey. Our 3-day trip was superb.Shelly
I am not usually someone to pay for a guided tour, but this was absolutely worth it and a huge highlight during our time in the San Juan Islands. Our guide was awesome. We were a group kids, teens and adults (two families). We learned a lot about the island, and had a ball along the coast for our 7 mile day trip.Seth K
The food was excellent. Organic as much as possible, fresh as much as possible, well prepared, and plenty of it.Tim
This trip was one I will never forget. Outdoor Odysseys does such a great job on these kayak trips. Our guides were wonderful. The food was beyond belief...for anywhere, not just a kayaking trip.DJW
This company has been around for a long time. They know how to treat people.Cocoa
Tom Murphy graduated from Lawrence University with a biology degree in 2003. After graduation Tom spent a year and a half overseas. He traveled through India, worked for an NGO in Nepal, and taught elementary students science in the…Read More
Jennifer will be returning for a fifth season to the San Juan Islands to share its unique beauties with kayakers and foster a reciprocal relationship with nature. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Jennifer’s first adventure out West was following…Read More
Born on the coastal islands of Georgia and raised in the marshes and swamps of the south, Laura has always maintained a deep connection to the ocean. Her earliest memories are paddling canoes through the Okefenokee Swamp with her…Read More
Born in Snohomish, WA, Christina grew up mushroom picking, squid jigging, crabbing, traveling, backpacking, fishing, clamming, skiing, frog catching, climbing, and everything else outdoorsy. Christina made her way down to Orange, CA to attend Chapman University as a Business…Read More
Born near the ocean cliffs of northern California, Zoey was raised just as much by redwoods and harbour seals as she was by her parents. She is currently going into her 4th year at Quest University, focusing her studies…Read More
Sam grew up outside Seattle, WA, with the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound as his backyard. After getting a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, Sam vagabonded through Europe, Australia, and the US before finding…Read More
Elliott grew up in sunny Seattle and spent countless days exploring the Cascades, Puget Sound, and the forests and deserts throughout Washington. He studied environmental science and policy down in California, and uses his emphasis in ecology daily while…Read More
Ben hails from the Great Lake state of Michigan. He spent much of his childhood outdoors camping and kayaking in the myriad of rivers and lakes that helped foster a great appreciation for anything in nature. With a B.S.…Read More
Katie is a paddling fanatic that grew up in Columbia, MO on the Missouri River. She has been paddling in the Salish Sea since 2017 and has been mesmerised by the waters and beings of this bioregion ever since. …Read More
Born and raised in Seattle, Maddie gained a love for outdoor recreation and education while lifeguarding and teaching marine science at a summer camp on Puget Sound. She studied marine biology and science communication at Quest University in Squamish,…Read More
Miles was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a small beach town on Boston’s North Shore. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison this spring with degrees in economics and environmental studies, but will assure you that the natural world has always…Read More
Anna grew up spending most of her time split between Washington and Alaska swimming, hiking, biking and just about everything in between. She recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Recreation and Leadership Management. With the…Read More
Evelyn grew up in the Bay Area in California. As a kid she enjoyed camping, hiking, and mountain biking in redwood forests and soaking up the sun on the coast. Now she attends Colorado College where she plays on…Read More
Hayden’s roots are in Colorado and Central Oregon. She ventured out to the Pacific Northwest when she started school at University of Oregon, where she studied human physiology and business. These days, she finds joy in connecting others to…Read More
Duncan will be returning for a second season to the San Juan Islands as an Outdoor Odysseys guide and adventure filmmaker. Born in San Mateo, California, Duncan grew up SCUBA diving, backpacking and sailing. After college he spent a…Read More
Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Keith has felt a strong westward pull his entire life. Keith’s love affair with the American west coast (South and North) began during his National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Semester in Baja, Mexico. Later he…Read More
Matthew Porter graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina in 2009. While not spending his time buried in modernism and shakespeare, Matthew was cutting his teeth on the numerous creeks and…Read More
Boston bred, Georgia grown, and Seattle seduced; Patrick remains as footloose as his “military brat” childhood would deem but continues to rebound back to the San Juan Islands. In Georgia he attended both high school and college where he…Read More
Born and raised in the corn fields of Amish Country Lancaster County, PA, Kevin has traded in the corn fields for the ocean breezes of San Juan Island. His stint as a collegiate football athlete eventually gave way to…Read More
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