San Juan Islands 6-Day sea kayaking tour. Truly a trip of a lifetime!

Embark on Tumalo Creek's 6-day San Juan Islands sea kayaking tour, truly the trip of a lifetime. Learn navigation, sea kayaking techniques, efficient boat packing, and wilderness camping skills, all while enjoying the company of friends and our expert Tumalo Creek guides. This trip is ideal for those who have completed our kayaking skills courses and are ready to challenge their competence on open water.

On this trip, you will have the opportunity to paddle from island to island under the guidance of our expert instructors. In addition to providing on-water safety, our guides will prepare all meals, desserts, and snacks for this paddling adventure. During the day, expect to encounter a variety of wildlife—we've spotted orca whales, porpoises, otters, and seals. When conditions are right, you may also enjoy spectacular sunsets followed by a highly unique light show of bioluminescence. Paddling days on this trip are a bit longer than our 4-day trips and can be up to 12 miles or more per day. Although we aim for 12 miles a day, the mileage may change depending on conditions.

Trip Requirements:

We want all of our guests to feel comfortable and safe on the water. It is Tumalo Creek's policy that all San Juan Island Sea Kayaking participants meet minimum skills requirements. Prerequisites offered by our store include:

• Basic Skills Kayaking (BSK)
• Intermediate Skills Kayaking (ISK)
• Plenty of endurance training so you can comfortably paddle an average of 12+ miles per day.

All participants must demonstrate the ability to:

• Hold their breath while underwater
• Float independently on their back with a properly fitted PFD
• Turn from a face-down to a face-up position with a properly fitted PFD
• Get in and out of a kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Maintain a balanced, upright position when seated in a kayak, with adaptations if needed.
• Paddle with adequate technique for traveling up to 10 miles a day
• Independently "wet exit" while wearing a properly fitted skirt
• Re-enter a kayak in open water by performing an assisted re-entry and/or self-rescue

If you are unable to attend the prerequisite classes or have questions regarding the participation requirements, please contact Topher Robertson ([email protected]) or Clayton Kellogg ([email protected]) at 541-317-9407.

Equipment List

Tumalo Creek Provides

  • Transportation from Anacortes to the inner islands
  • Meals and Snacks
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Skirt
  • PFD
  • Immersion equipment

Participant Provides

  • Personal Layers
  • Lightweight Personal Camping Equipment
  • Six to Eight 5-10L Dry Bags for Personal Gera
  • Personal Insulated Mug
  • Personal Water Bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Headlamp
  • Sun and Bud Defense
  • See trip packet for more details

Gear required for this trip is available for purchase at our shop.

Meeting Location

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA


Tumalo Creek Deposits and Cancellation Policies:

San Juan Islands Tours and Lower Deschutes Whitewater Camps: 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. 60 days prior to departure the remaining balance is due in full. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 60 day period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees and/or deposits.

Tumalo Creek (TC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of the scheduled date. Circumstances include but are not limited to low enrollment, weather (ex. thunderstorms/lightning), natural disasters (ex. forest fires) and events or circumstances beyond TC’s control.


Congratulations and thank you for choosing Tumalo Creek's 6-Day San Juan's Sea Kayaking Tour! Get ready for a unique San Juan Islands experience, designed to be adventurous with just the right amount of physical challenge. You'll enjoy open water paddling with the land in sight, delicious meals, great company, and plenty of natural beauty.

Remember, we're always available to answer any trip questions you may have. Please contact us during business hours at 541.317.9407.

6-Day Sample Itinerary: Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may not reflect your specific trip. We select our itineraries based on currents, tides, ferry schedules, and other circumstances.

Day 0 - Arrive in Anacortes: Arrival time is flexible and up to your personal needs.

Camping: You may choose to camp with us in Washington Park or stay in several local hotels.

Day 1 - Hunter Bay, Lopez Island (Eastern Side of the island) to Blind Island:
After catching the 9:25 am ferry from Anacortes to Lopez Island, we will drive to Hunter’s Bay on the southeastern side of Lopez Island. From there, we will load our kayaks with equipment and get dressed for our first paddle of the trip. We will depart Lopez Island with a northeastern heading towards Spencer Spit. After taking lunch at the Spit, we will continue to our destination for night one, Blind Island.

Approximate paddle length - 11 miles.

Day 2 - Blind Island to Stuart Island:
From Blind Island, we will head west through narrow corridors, passing Crane and the Wasp Islands, stopping at Jones for lunch. Our afternoon paddle will contrast the morning as we make our largest crossing from Jones to Stuart Island, our night's destination. This is a long day but well worth it. We will be camped just over 2 miles from the Canadian border.

Approximate paddle length - 14 miles.

Day 3 - Stuart Island to Turn Island:

Approximate paddle length - 15 miles.

Day 4 - Layover on Turn Island:
After three days of long paddling, you deserve a break. This day can take any form you would like. First, enjoy a casual morning as we don't have to take down camp on this day, then pick your own adventure. Feel free to relax around camp, hike around Turn Island, or go for a kayak to visit Fishermen's Bay on Lopez Island or Indian Cove on Shaw.

Day 5 - Jones Island to Spencer Spit on Lopez Island:
Once again, it's time to pack up our tents and head to the next island. We will depart our layover at Turn, bounce over to Shaw through the Upright Channel, and round the corner to Spencer Spit on Lopez Island. Spencer Spit does have facilities, including showers if you need relief from our rustic routine. If we are feeling strong, we always have the option to add a few more miles to spend our last night at James Island.

Approximate paddle length – 8 miles.

Day 6 - Spencer Spit State Park, Lopez Island back to Hunter's Bay, Lopez Island:
As a nice treat, we will paddle the glassy waters of the Lopez Sound as we head south back to Hunter's Bay. A bittersweet end to a wonderful experience. After arriving at Hunter's Bay, we stage ourselves for an afternoon ferry that takes us back to Anacortes, where we share our favorite memories and say our goodbyes.

Approximate paddle length – 5 miles.

Gear List:

TC - Provided by Tumalo Creek

On Water:
• Boat - TC
• Paddle - TC
• Sprayskirt - TC
• PFD; Whistle - TC
• Paddle Float - TC
• Sponge - TC
• Bilge pump - TC
• Paddle shoe; booties, mukluks - TC can provide
• Sunglasses w/retainer strap
• Sunscreen & Lip Balm SPF 30
• Sun hat, rain hat, and/or fleece hat
• Synthetic top and bottom
• Paddling top
• Paddling pant
• Dry suit - TC can provide
• Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
• 32oz Water bottle (2)

• Lightweight Backpack Style Sleeping bag
• Lightweight Backpack Style Sleeping Pad
• Lightweight Compact Tent
• Swimsuit
• Camp shorts (1 pair)
• Camp pants (1 pair)
• 2 camp shirts - Guest
• Fleece pants and jacket (wool or down ok)
• Underwear
• Towel (small)
• Toiletry kit
• Insulated coffee/tea mug w/lid
• Insect repellent
• Headlamp or Flashlight w/spare batteries
• Camp shoes and socks
• Small dry bags for personal gear (six to eight 5-10L Dry Bags)
• Ground Tarp - Guest


What should I wear out on the River?

We recommend wearing clothes and shoes that you are ok getting wet. Moisture wicking fabrics are best as they dry quickly. Avoid cotton clothing as it takes a long time to dry and can keep you cold.

Do you provide life jackets?

We do provide life jackets at no additional cost for all of our rentals, tours and classes. We have a variety of sizes to fit many body types.

Are there rapids?

Unless a trip is a whitewater specific trip you will not have to go through any rapids.

Do you provide lunch?

We do provide a sack lunch for all of our full day tours. You can choose your sandwich preference at the same time you make your reservation, vegetarian options are available.

Are dogs allowed on tours?

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on any of our tours or classes.

Can we do a custom trip?

We can do custom trips and tours. These can be contingent upon availability of our guides and vehicles. Please email [email protected] for more information and pricing.