If you are looking for a way to unplug and reconnect with nature, consider San Juan Islands adventure vacations including a guided sea kayak tour from San Juan Island.
The San Juan Islands are located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This group of islands lies in the northern Puget Sound, just north of Seattle, Washington. More than 150 islands make up this evergreen archipelago, located in what the first Americans called the Salish Sea between British Columbia and Washington State. The four main islands are San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw island. Each has its own allure and style.
Your Pathway To San Juan Island And A Guided Sea Kayak Tour
The best way to get to the San Juan Islands is via ferry from the port town of Anacortes, Washington. To get there, most people fly into the SeaTac airport, between Seattle and Tacoma, and then rent a car or take a shuttle bus. Anacortes is eighty miles north of Seattle and approximately the same distance from Vancouver B.C Canada; about a one and a half hour drive in either direction. The drive to Anacortes, the ferry ride to the islands and the roads along San Juan Island are all part of Washington’s Scenic Byway route so the drive is very beautiful and well worth the effort! You can drive your car onto the ferry or park it and walk on and then relax and enjoy the cruise over to San Juan Island.
Guided Kayak Tours From San Juan Island
Once you arrive to San Juan Island, you can enjoy a stroll around Friday Harbor until your shuttle picks you up for your sea kayak tour -one of San Juan Islands best adventures! It is best to book your kayak tour before arriving to the island to ensure space is available, as it can get booked up quickly during the summer months and then be sold out. If you haven’t already booked in advance online, you can visit the friendly people on San Juan Island to discuss the various possibilities for a guided sea kayak tour. Even if you’ve never been in a kayak before, you will be able kayak, and love the thrill of it.
San Juan Islands Guided Sea Kayak Tours Beginning At Friday Harbor On San Juan Island
Your guide will point out magnificent marine wildlife and scenic coastlines, as well as possibly spot some bald eagles, river otters, and harbor seals. Overhead you may be visited by blue herons or other sea birds. You can also experience the thrill of a lifetime if the resident orca pods swim past you while you are on your guided sea kayak tour. Off in the distance is the Olympic Mountain Range and Vancouver Island as well as some smaller Canadian Islands.
Some companies depart from kayak docks which make it easy to get in and out of your kayak without having to step into the cold water and offer free transportation from the ferry landing so make sure you ask when making your reservation. Kayaking tours can be anywhere from three to six hours long, and often have a minimum age of 5 years old to participate.
The beautiful San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest are a great place to plan your next adventure!