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San Juan Island Kayak Tour

San Juan Island, WA

Item #: WAT-SEA-0004
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Enjoy an amazing day kayaking and viewing wildlife at picturesque San Juan Island!

  • Your guides have over 25 years' experience and were a 2009 recipient of National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine's "200 Best Adventure Travel" award
  • These pristine waters are host to over 80 resident Orca Whales and many other marine mammals and birds
  • Explore San Juan Island, paddle along Lime Kiln State Park, and enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island!
San Juan Island, WA - Friday Harbor
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Mid-May through September:
Daily - 10:30 AM or 10:45 AM 

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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 12 years of age
    • Double kayaks, paddle, life jacket, sprayskirt, and guide are included
    • Tour provides numerous opportunities to observe a vast array of wildlife but cannot guarantee Orca Whale sightings
    • Trip departs from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island
    Approximately 6-7 hours. 4.5 hours on the water, plus driving and on-land safety orientation. 10:30 AM departure from Friday Harbor.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    Group sizes vary
    Not Allowed
    Weather Dependent
    We go rain or shine so dress appropriately.
    What To Wear
    Wear shoes that can get wet, shorts/long pants, shirt. Please avoid wearing cotton pants, sweatshirt. For hot sunny weather bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen. For wetter, cooler weather bring rain gear.

    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.

    How do I get to the Friday Harbor?

    Most people drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then take the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. If you are not staying on the Island, it is strongly recommend to park at the terminal and walk on the ferry. The ferry to the Friday Harbor is not included in the experience price.

    Am I guaranteed to see Orca Whales?
    The Orcas are generally found in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands between May and October when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in either Fraser River or the rivers of Puget Sound. Late May, June and early July are the best months for seeing these magnificent creatures. However, mid to late July, August and September can also provide great opportunities for seeing Orcas, but it's never guaranteed.
    What kind of wildlife will I see?

    Some of the more common wildlife sightings are Minke whales, Dalls porpoises, Harbor porpoises, Harbor seals, and river otters. In terms of birds, the San Juans are host to the second largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Other birds include terns, gulls, ducks, various alcids, and a host of others. Unfortunately, it's not guaranteed that you will see all wildlife, but hopefully a large variety.

    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. Cancellations made at least 4 days prior to the experience date will incur a cancellation fee of $30.00, with the remaining balance to be applied to another Virgin Experience Gifts experience of the participant's choice. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 4 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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