Spend two days on a guided sea kayaking tour along the Haro Strait, the body of water that separates San Juan Island from Vancouver Island. This area is considered one of the world’s best whale watching sites for our endangered Southern Resident orcas. Float below the basalt bluffs of San Juan Island and amongst brightly colored orange and purple sea stars while bald eagles nest overhead. Cruise the deeper waters in search of harbor seals and the smallest of whale family, the harbor porpoise. We’ll also paddle past the historic lime kiln ruins and lighthouse of Lime Kiln State Park, all with expansive views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island.
Your Outdoor Odysseys guide(s) 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 west side of San Juan Island. We'll have a thorough orientation, covering the fitting of the boat, paddling technique, safety and boat handling, before getting out on the water.
We’ll begin our journey south along coastline of San Juan Island in the Haro Strait, which lies in the migratory path of Chinook salmon, the main food source of our endangered Southern Resident orcas. While looking for whales, we’ll paddle past the picturesque lighthouse and historic lime kilns of Lime Kiln State Park.
Your guide will prepare lunch while you rest or explore the driftwood beach in view of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island. Continue your search for wildlife in the afternoon as your paddle beneath the towering Douglas fir and red barked madrona trees that line our coasts.
We’ll return to San Juan County Park to set-up camp and enjoy a three course dinner prepared by your guide in a dutch oven as you watch the sunset over Vancouver Island.
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 full day of paddling.
We’ll head north to Henry Island and with views of the Canadian Gulf Islands, all while maximizing our time in prime whale territory and increasing our chances of seeing the J, K, and L pods of our endangered orca population. Enjoy a filling lunch before completing our paddle and landing back at San Juan County Park. We’ll load our gear and our paddlers and have you back to Friday Harbor between 4-5 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
Taryn first sat down in a kayak on Orcas Island 10 years ago and hasn’t really gotten out of the boat since. She has been guiding with Outdoor Odysseys since 2010, and she is stoked to have the opportunity…Read More
Jennifer sees the outdoors as an opportunity to better live physically and mentally, while creating a reciprocal relationship and appreciation of nature. She strives to create a truly unique outdoor experience based not solely on the obtainment of 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 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 rivers…Read More
Tom graduated from Lawrence University in 2003 with a biology degree. After graduation Tom spent a year and a half overseas, traveling through India, working for an NGO in Nepal, and teaching elementary students science in the outdoor classroom…Read More
When the days begin to grow longer and the air a little warmer, Emma gets excited to spend her summers exploring all that the San Juans have to offer. After attending Green Mountain College, Emma found her way West…Read More
Since graduating college with a BA in Anthropology in 2008 and starting a career in wilderness therapy in 2010, Megan has spent more nights sitting in circles around a fire and sleeping under the stars than she has in…Read More
After moonlighting for Outdoor Odysseys in 2015 Sev joined the family for his first full season in 2016, bringing together his passions for kayaking, marine natural history, and gourmet cooking in the backcountry. A Pacific Northwest native, Sev loves…Read More