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Washington San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure

Kayak, Hike & Whale Watch from Orcas to San Juan

 

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 watch for orcas and humpbacks, while paddling along the coastline and enjoying beautiful sunsets. After spending 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 lookout 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

Arrive:

Friday Harbor, Washington

Depart:

Friday Harbor, Washington

Duration:

5 Days

Activity Level:

3

Departures:

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Price: from $3,795

  • Welcome to San Juan Islands!

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Earthbox Inn & Spa Hotel

    Activity: 2-3 hours/5-7 miles kayaking

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Orcas Island & Local Fare

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Earthbox Inn & Spa Hotel

    Activity: 6-8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 30-minute ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Whale Watching by Foot & Zodiac

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Earthbox Inn & Spa Hotel

    Activity: Hiking, whale watching zodiac cruise (3-4 hours)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Lopez Monument Lands & Enjoy Beachside Cookout

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Earthbox Inn & Spa Hotel

    Activity: 3-9 miles hiking

    Transportation: 40-minute ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Kayaking & San Juan Island Farewell

    Day 5

    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!

    Accommodation:

    Activity: 3-4 hours/8-12 miles kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Washington San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been crafting unique itineraries for adventure seekers since 1969, working with top local guides to pave new trails.

Reason #02

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.

Reason #03

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.

Meet your guides

Jordan Vogt

Jordan Vogt

After graduating from the College of Charleston, Jordan decided to make the move out to the west coast to become a guide. She was first introduced to the outdoors in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota and has hung out outside every summer since, working as a wilderness canoe guide and on a trail crew in Northern Colorado. When not guiding, Jordan can be found cooking up some pad Thai, jogging, popping some popcorn, or water coloring.

Clai Seier

Clai Seier

Claiborne is from Wisconsin where he grew up with the mighty Yahara River in his backyard. He began canoeing when he was just 12 years old, and has been hooked on paddling ever since. At 18, he started working at a canoe and kayak shop and is now spending his 5th season exploring the San Juan Islands by kayak. In his spare time, Clai loves backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater paddling and anything else that takes him outdoors.

Ryder Cuddington

Ryder Cuddington

A native San Diegan, Ryder grew up near the ocean and has spent the past six years guiding around San Juan. He enjoys spreading his love for kayaking and the ocean, and educating others about the area. Along with kayaking, he enjoys biking, hiking and running.

Activities

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.

Lodging

Four nights comfortable lodging at the historic Roche Harbor Resort, with free Wi-Fi, three restaurants, a cafe, spa, swimming pool, and scenic gardens.

Climate

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.

FAQ

What airport should I fly in and out of?

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.

Do I need any previous kayaking experience?

No previous kayaking experience is required. Our guides will teach the basics and provide safety instructions.

What is the kayaking like?

The kayaks will be one-person kayaks and route selection will be determined by weather, tides and group ability.

What wildlife might I see?

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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Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $750 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty activity gear (include for camping, trekking trips)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $750 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty activity gear (include for camping, trekking trips)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

1.888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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