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2 Day Whale Camp Kayak Tour

San Juan Island, WA

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Spend two incredible days sea kayaking and whale watching on the Haro Strait!

  • Your guides have over 25 years' experience and were a 2009 recipient of National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine's "200 Best Adventure Travel" award
  • Enjoy 2 days sea kayaking the pristine waters of the Haro Strait
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery as you view Orca Whales, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, and more
  • These waters are host to over 85 resident Orca Whales, and provide the best chance to observe these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat!

Friday Harbor - San Juan Island, WA

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July through August:
Saturdays & Tuesdays - 8:30 AM

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    Essential Information
    • These Orca whales are wild animals that can swim up to 100 miles a day and so whale sightings are not guaranteed at all times....just very likely
    • Participants must be at least 7 years of age
    • All kayak gear, meals, tents, dry bags are included
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad not included, but can be rented directly from the experience provider for $15 each (subject to change)
    • Transportation between Friday Harbor and the launch location is provided
    • Camping on San Juan Island is included in this package. Details will be provided at the time of booking.
    2 days and 1 night
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 per tour. For groups larger than 4 please contact Virgin Experience Gifts directly for pricing.
    This experience is only for those on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    We go rain or shine so dress appropriately.
    What To Wear
    Outfitter will provide gear and packing list at time of booking.

    For this experience, our partners are taking proactive steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include maintaining the small group nature of their tours with a maximum number of 8 people (or up to the maximum allowed by government policies). Guests will have access to hand sanitizer at all times but our partners kindly request that guests bring their own if possible. In addition to regular cleaning practices already in place, our partners will be disinfecting all hard surfaces routinely in offices and before and after tours for all vessels and kayak and camping gear. Personal flotation devices will be disinfected after each use and hung to dry. Guests will be asked to abide by the most current regulations set forth by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Department of Health, and Washington State regarding mask use. For your own comfort we ask that guests  provide their own mask (one which is CDC approved) for all tours. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    I have little experience kayaking, is that a problem?
    No experience necessary!  Your safety is our number one priority. Very stable double kayaks are used that tend to be wider and much more stable than single kayaks. The guides are mature, seasoned guides who will give you a very thorough on-land orientation before you start your trip. You will learn the basics of kayak paddling including how to steer and fit the boat. The tour won’t get on the water until everybody feels comfortable with ocean kayaking techniques. Throughout your kayak trip, your guide is always there to give you pointers and assist you with your paddling skills.

    You also don’t have surf zones to contend with in the San Juan Islands. Vancouver Island directly to the west of San Juan Island serves as a ‘buffer’ for the Pacific Ocean waves and surf – which is one reason why the San Juan Islands are one of the premier kayak destinations in North America.

    Another important consideration is that the tours don’t venture very far from the coastline. It really isn’t necessary, as the wildlife tends to concentrate along the rich habitat found where the tour is operated.
    How far do we kayak every day?

    It varies but figure an average of 7-10 miles per day with 12 miles the maximum the tour will paddle in one day. These tours are geared for novices and intermediate paddlers, so you're not out there to make "mega-miles."

    I'm single...How does that work if I go on the tour by myself?
    The kayak groups typically include a mixture of both single guests and couples. You'll be paired up with another single guest or if there is an odd number of people on the trip you may paddle with one of the kayak guides.
    I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?
    Not at all!  If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time of booking and we can accommodate your needs.  In addition, you are always welcome to bring your own food to supplement the food that is provided.
    What are the camping facilities like?
    The campsites are usually beautiful waterfront sites. They are administered by the Washington State Parks Department. All the sites have picnic tables, fire pits, potable water and outhouses.
    Are showers available at the campsite?

    Unfortunately, there are no showers available at the campsites used. On the positive side, if you've never kayaked before you'll be pleasantly surprised that you do not get as dirty and sweaty as you would backpacking. There are public showers located in Friday Harbor at the end of the trip.

    Are guide gratuities expected?
    The sea kayak guides strive to make each kayak expedition unique, fun, and safe for every client. The guides are efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If you feel your guide did an exceptional job and made your time on the water more enjoyable feel free to express your thanks with a tip. Tipping is not expected, but it is greatly appreciated by your guides. General rule of thumb for the service industry is 10-15 percent.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation no refunds will be given; however, cancellations made at least 45 days prior to the Experience will incur a cancellation fee of $30, with the remaining balance to be applied to another future booking of a Virgin Experience Gifts Experience of the participant's choice. Cancellations made 21-45 days prior to the Experience will incur a cancellation fee of $184.50, with the remaining balance to be applied to another future booking of a Virgin Experience Gifts Experience of the participant's choice. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and rebook at least 21 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.

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