San Juan Islands 4-Day sea kayaking tour. Truly a trip of a lifetime!

Embark on Tumalo Creek's San Juan Islands 4-day sea kayaking tour, truly a trip of a lifetime. Learn navigation, sea kayaking techniques, efficient boat packing, and wilderness camping skills... All while enjoying the company of friends and expert Tumalo Creek guides. This trip is ideal for those who have taken our kayaking skills courses, and are ready to challenge their competence on open water.

On this trip you will get the chance paddle from island to island, all while under the watchful eye of Tumalo Creek guides. In addition to providing on water safety, our guides will prepare all meals, deserts, and snacks on this paddling adventure. During the day expect to see an array of wildlife including orca whales, porpoise, otter, and seals. When conditions are right you may also enjoy spectacular sunsets that are often follow by a highly unique light show, bioluminescence. Multiple days on the water will give us the chance experience everything from rocky cliffs, warm sandy beaches, and thick island forests, with the backdrop of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Paddling days typically do not exceed 6 - 12 miles a day, but if you want more, our guides are happy to explore around the islands by boat or foot with you.

If you are interested in joining a more advanced trip, please contact Clayton Kellogg [email protected] for options. Longer trips, more miles and ultimately more time in the islands are our jam. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we love the islands!

Trip Requirements:
We want all of our guests to feel comfortable and safe while on the water. It is Tumalo Creeks policy that all San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking participants participate in the Intermediate Skills Kayaking class (offered every other Sunday June - September).

All participants must demonstrate the ability to:

• Hold breath while under water
• Float independently on your back with a properly fitted PFD
• Turn from face down to face up with a properly fitted PFD
• Get in and out of a kayak independently or with 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, while in open water, by preforming an assisted re-entry and/or self-rescue

If you are unable to attend the Intermediate Skills Kayaking class 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 to/from Anacortes to Orcas Island
  • Meals and Snacks
  • All Group Camping Gear
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Sprayskirt
  • PFD

Participant Provides

  • See gear list

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

Meeting Location

Washington Park, Anacortes, WA

+ CANCELLATION POLICY

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe Programs Cancellation Policies

Overnight Lessons/Tours: 30 days prior to departure date required for cancellations or date changes. No Shows, cancellations or date changes for any reason inside the 30 day period will be subject to forfeiture of all fees and/or deposits.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe (TCKC) Initiated Cancellation Disclaimer: Applies to all one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events. TCKC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule one day lessons, trips, tours, multi-day trips, camps and special events within 24 hours of 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 TCKC’s control.

+ OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Congratulations! and Thank You for Choosing Tumalo Creek’s 4 Day San Juan’s Sea Kayaking Tour. Get ready to experience The San Juan Islands in a way few individuals get the chance to! Your trip is designed to be adventurous with just the right amount of physical challenge. You’ll experience open water paddling with land in site, delicious meals, great company and plenty of natural beauty.

Remember we’re always available to answer any trip questions you may have.
So please contact us during business hours at 541.317.9407

- 4 Day Sample Itinerary. Please note that this is only 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 on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. 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. Tumalo Creek will announce.

Day 1 - Hunter Bay, Lopez Island (Eastern Side of island) to James Island

After catching the 9:25am ferry from Anacortes to Lopez Island, we will drive to Hunter’s Bay on the south eastern side of Lopez Island. From there we will load our kayaks with equipment and proceed to get dressed for our first paddle of the trip. We will depart Lopez Island with a north eastern heading towards James Island, Our destination for night one.

Approximate paddle length - 6 miles.

Day 2 - James island to Doe Island

From James Island, we will head north towards Obstruction Island, located snuggly between Orcas and Blakely Islands. There we will stop for a lunch and refuel before departing to our final destination Doe Island, a tiny island off of the eastern coast of Orcas Island. If time allows we may paddle into Doe Bay and visit the iconic resort.

Approximate paddle length - 11 miles.

Day 3 - Doe Island to Spencer Spit State Park, Lopez Island.

Using Doe Island as a great turn around point, we will head back towards Obstruction Pass for Lunch once again. The Long Pebble shoreline is an inviting place to lunch and stretch and explore. After lunch we set out for a majestic paddle towards Spencer Spit State Park, located on Lopez Island.

Approximate paddle length - 12 miles.

Day 4 - 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 Hunters Bay. Frequently we encounter wildlife swimming with us, huge crabs underneath the surface and clear waters that lend themselves to a magical experience. A bittersweet end to a wonderful experience. After arriving at Hunters Bay, We stage ourselves up 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 -

On Water:
• Boat
• Paddle
• Sprayskirt
• PFD; Whistle
• Paddle Float
• Sponge
• Bilge pump
• Paddle shoe; booties, mukluks
• 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
• Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
• 32oz Water bottle (2)

Camp:
• Lightweight Backpack Style Sleeping bag
• Lightweight Backpack Style Sleeping Pad
• Lightweight Compact Tent
• Swimsuit
• Camp shorts (1pr)
• Camp pants (1pr)
• 2 camp shirts
• 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 (4 10-20 litre bags, 1-2 5 litre bags)
• Ground Tarp

Optional Gear:
• Paddling gloves
• Small lightweight Pillow
• Small personal repair kit
•Personal first aid kit (group first aid kit provided)
• Waterproof Camera
• Musical Instrument (Check with TCKC Staff)
• Book • Charts & maps w/chart case
• Journal and pen • Binoculars
• Fishing gear/ fishing license
• lightweight/compact folding chair (Crazy Creek)
• Dice/Playing Cards • Bath towel & Clean Clothes for end of trip

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe (TCKC) provides dry bags for all group gear.

Also provided, boats, paddles, PFD’s and spray skirts.

TCKC has a full selection of paddling equipment and accessories. We would be happy to assist you in getting outfitted for your trip. Please remember to keep your personal gear to a minimum, while always keeping personal comfort in mind.
Our trips are BYOB. If you would like to bring your own please feel free to do so. TCKC can help with storage and transportation. Please no glass.

Have you taken our intermediate Skills Kayak Class (ISK) yet? This is a
great primer for our San Juan’s trips. In our ISK’s we teach important
paddling techniques, efficient boat packing, and invaluable safety skills.

And just a reminder...don’t forget to get some training days in! Being in
paddle shape only comes from paddling, so get out and enjoy all the great paddle
opportunities in Central Oregon!

+ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.