Escape the everyday with this nature-lover's trip to the Pacific Northwest, known for its diverse ecosystems, dramatic coastlines, and lush forest landscapes. Kayak the San Juan Islands, a serene archipelago between Washington and Canada that feels like it's a world away. Here, you'll have the chance to whale watch for orcas and humpbacks, while paddling along the coastline and enjoying beautiful sunsets. After spending five full days reveling in natural splendor, you'll leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Experience the magnificent natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest
Kayak along the rugged coastline of the San Juans, keeping a look out for bald eagles and a resident orca pod, with MT Sobek expert guides!
Dine on fresh sea-to-table cuisine of locally sourced salmon, oysters and many more Northwest delicacies
Begin your adventure in the charming town of Roche Harbor. Meet your guides and fellow guests, then paddle out in the sheltered waters of Roche Bay for an afternoon kayak tour to get to know the ocean habitat of the San Juan Islands. Dinner is a beachside feast with locally sourced fish and oysters.
Head to Orcas Island and spend the day exploring Moran State Park's trails, a region carved by glaciers. Our hike (approx. 6-8 miles) to summit Mt. Constitution offers epic views, old growth island forest habitat, and seasonal waterfalls and streams. Wrap up the day by sampling the local brews and take a scenic ferry ride back to Roche Harbor.
Set out on a rocky bluff hike in Lime Kiln State Park on the west end of San Juan Island. Considered one of the best whale watching spots in the world, search for migrating pods while enjoying a scenic picnic lunch. Need more wildlife action? You are sure to enjoy the views on your afternoon zodiac ride. Be on the lookout for minke whales, humpbacks and orcas! After a full day of hiking and whale watching, relax before a fine dinner featuring local Northwest delicacies.
Take the ferry to Lopez Island for a day of exploration and discovery in the San Juan Islands National Monument. Hike Shark Reef, Iceberg Point, and Point Colville National Monument Lands along scenic and protected shores and tidelands. Photo ops abound! Celebrate a successful trip and your final night at South Beach with a memorable beachside feast of Alaskan salmon & local oysters.
After breakfast, spend a final morning on the water exploring the ocean flora and fauna of the Haro Straight - famous for the density and variety of its marine life. Your crew prepares one last lunch at the Marina as you prepare to depart for home. While it may be your first, it is hopefully not your last visit to these memorable islands!
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MT Sobek has been crafting unique itineraries for adventure seekers since 1969, working with top local guides to pave new trails.
This is expertly crafted 5-day adventure blends kayaking and island exploration with ample opportunities for rest and relaxation. It's perfect for the short-on-time traveler.
Our guides and crew work hard maximizing the amount of wildlife encounters both on land and sea, and guides will always be kayaking with you.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hike and paddle in search of wildlife and whales! Two days of easy kayaking suitable for beginners, three days of easy hiking, and an half day zodiac tour in search of humpback, orca and Minke whales.
Four nights comfortable lodging at the historic Roche Harbor Resort, with free Wi-Fi, three restaurants, a cafe, spa, swimming pool, and scenic gardens.
Summer is optimal for a visit, from late June through early September, with an average daytime temperature of 67°F degrees in June and 71°F in July and August.
Roche Harbor is accessible by car, boat, or plane. The nearest airport is Sea-Tac airport in Seattle (SEA). From there, two shuttle services operate transfers from the airport to the ferry terminal where you can board a ferry to Roche Harbor where our trip begins.
No previous kayaking experience is required. Our guides will teach the basics and provide safety instructions.
The kayaks will be one-person kayaks and route selection will be determined by weather, tides and group ability.
There will be a chance to see many different kinds of wildlife - on land and on sea While kayaking and on the zodiac, you may encounter orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, Dall's porpoises, and Pacific harbor seals. During the hikes, you may spot red foxes, blacktail deer, and over 32 specifies of butterflies.
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