Kayak, practice, and meditate among the serene waters, evergreen forests, and inquisitive wildlife of the San Juan Islands. All levels, beginner to advanced are welcome. Our instructors for our trips come from various practice backgrounds and bring wonderful energy to our outdoor practice. These trips are aimed at yogis of all levels, ages, and abilities. Find out more about our trip below and we hope to see you on your next San Juan Island Kayak Tour!
Your guides will pick you up at 8:30 AM to take you to our launch site on the east side of San Juan Island. We’ll begin the morning with yoga class to awaken your muscles, joints, spine, and mind with views of the Olympic Mountains. 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 help 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 Juan Islands. 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 glass of wine and appetizers. Wind down the evening with restorative yoga and a guided meditation under the stars.
Awaken to the sounds of the sea and a hot cup of coffee from our on-island roaster. Welcome the morning with a short meditation, then indulge in a warm breakfast cooked by your guide in a dutch oven, before hiking out to an oceanside destination for inspirational views and a morning yoga practice. We’ll return to the water for an afternoon paddle, weaving through the broken chain of Wasp Islands west of Orcas Island, stopping for lunch along the way. 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. We’ll flow through an evening yoga practice before dinner, then 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 paddle.
The adventure is far from over on the last day. We’ll begin the morning with our final yoga practice then take to the water, paddling past picturesque Yellow and Low Islands, which are owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. We’ll enjoy a long lunch and yogi play time on Turn Island with views of harbor seal haul outs and Mount Baker. Before departing we’ll have a group reflection and meditation out in nature to celebrate our journey! We’ll land on the east side of San Juan Island, load our gear and our paddlers, and have you back to Friday Harbor between 4-5 PM to meet your 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
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