Women On the Water “WOW”

“For the first time in my life, I experienced the power of women: strong, capable, kind, and supportive. We worked together to achieve a common goal… thanks to the rest of the group for completing the circle.”  Patti Buckholz, WOW 3-Day Trip

Women Only Adventure Tours

Join us this summer for our “WOW” sea kayak trips in the sunny, scenic San Juan Islands of Washington State. We were the first to offer all women’s trips 9 years ago and remain committed to providing fun, well organized tours explicitly for adventurous women. Our tours accommodate complete novices as well as more experienced paddlers. We supply the boats and gear, instruction, and gourmet cuisine prepared  by our personable, female naturalist guide(s).

We’ll paddle and explore among the 200 rocky tree-lined islands that are tucked into the NW corner of Washington State. You’ll camp at scenic waterfront campsites, dine on exquisitely prepared cuisine and experience opportunities for seeing everything from bald eagles to harbor seals and river otter.

Our female guides always relish the opportunity to paddle with and share the sights, sounds and beauty of the San Juan archipelago with like minded women.

Never kayaked before? No worries. We use exceptionally stable, two person kayaks on all our tours. Concerned about your upper body strength? That’s one of the reasons we use double kayaks – you have another hand (or two!) to help propel the boat forward. So, grab a friend or come by yourself and meet new friends that enjoy fun, adventurous activities like you do.

Intertidal wonders include delicate, pale green sea anemones

Nifty Trip Bonuses

  • Our paddle routes place us in prime marine mammal whale habitat: Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals and Minke whales – as well as viewing bald eagles.
  • We also provide tastefully prepared meals – including lunches. These trips feature gourmet fare with some organic foods, bottled wines and good coffee. Sample Cuisine – Brie and cracker appetizers, bottled wines, smoked salmon pesto linguine, organic salad mix and a freshly made Dutch oven apple/pear crisp.
  • Our guide/naturalists – Friendly, fun and professional: Average age is over 30.
  • We camp on a scenic island (accessible only by boat) with some of the prettiest waterfront campsites this side of the Mississippi!
  • Our trips are all-inclusive. Not all outfitters include tastefully prepared lunches, real maple syrup, bottled wines, organic produce and dry bags as an integral part of their tours.

Women Guides

5th year veteran and “WOW” guide, Laura Caldwell

The quality of your guide(s) ultimately “makes the trip.” We are very fortunate to welcome  Emma, Taryn, Kaitlin, Nikken, and Magda back for another season. Collectively, they bring 30 years of experience guiding the briny waters of the San Juan Archipelago. You’ll find all of them to be fun, knowledgeable about the area and superb cooks. They relish the opportunity to paddle and share the mystical beauty of their back yard with our guests. Indeed, for Magda and Laura, the islands are, quite literally, their backyard. Laura works as an RN in the off-season on San Juan Island when she is not guiding. Magda has worked as a teacher at Spring Street Academy and currently does freelance graphic work.

Dates and Prices

Join us for our 3 day “WOW” sea kayak trips in the sunny, scenic San Juan Islands of Washington State. Our tours accommodate complete novices as well as more experienced paddlers. We supply the boats and gear, instruction, delicious camp cuisine and personable, women naturalist/guides.

Two “WOW” guests enjoying sunny San Juan weather and calm seas.

Price: $649 per person
Dates: Click BOOK NOW to see available dates!


Trip Itinerary

Travel: Coming from Seattle? Most guests drive from Seattle to Anacortes & then take the ferry to San Juan Island.
Meeting Place & Time, Day 1: Meet at 8:30 AM in downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, at the Friday Harbor ferry terminal.
Return Place & Time, Day 3: Friday Harbor ferry terminal, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Our evening sunset/bioluminesence paddles are guest favorites!

Lodging: There are three B&B’s within a short walking distance of the ferry terminal.Check out our lodging page for suggested accommodations information.
Luggage: We’ll store any luggage/gear you don’t want to take with you on your trip.
Gear You’ll Need: Water bottle, sunglasses and/or hat, sunscreen, appropriate kayak and camp clothing & footwear (preferrably not cotton or denim – quick-dry, synthetic and/or athletic layers work best, and extra layers are always recommended; Chacos, Tevas, Crocs and water socks are great footwise for paddling, and extra pair of shoes for camp, sleeping bag & pad.
We Provide: Kayaks & all related gear, tent, large & small dry bags, tasteful cuisine, transportation between Friday Harbor and our launch location; *sleeping bag & pad available for rent.
Age Requirements: Since our kayak tours are held in a region with variable weather, tidal, and current conditions, we cannot for safety reasons take young children on trips. Our recommended minimum age is 12 years for any kayak tours in the San Juan Islands. If you have questions or concerns regarding trips with children under the age of 12, please contact us directly for more information.
Cancellations: Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.

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