All-Inclusive | Private Escape – On Request Only
Private Escapes are available on request for any size group
6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Summer May 15 – Sep. 30 | Price On Request
The San Juan archipelago harbors near-mythical beauty amid its undeveloped islands and seascapes. Its historical relevance is just as intriguing. Spend the day on our San Juan Islands Tour discovering this remote wilderness with a naturalist guide. As the morning ferry cruises to Friday Harbor, keep an eye out for marine life and birds. Then embark on a 3-hour whale watching search by kayak, passing wildlife refuges and rugged coastline. Picnic with local fare and a glass of wine, then explore historic British and American “Pig War” camps. As evening sets, visit an island winery or lavender farm before heading to the pier to catch your incredibly scenic seaplane flight back to Seattle with Kenmore Air.
- Naturalist-led kayak excursion with a focus on marine wildlife
- Cascadian safari picnic lunch
- Whale- & bird-watching at Lime Kiln State Park
- San Juan Island Winery
- Pelindaba Lavender Farm
- San Juan National Historic Park
- Views of rugged coastline, the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker while kayaking
- Beachcombing at South Beach
- Hike to the top of Young Hill
- Explore the character of Friday Harbor
* Kayaking dependent on weather and marine conditions; other highlights dependent on time and other condition
From Seattle we drive north to Anacortes, the jumping-off point to the world-renowned San Juan archipelago. The ferry ride from Anacortes is a marine cruise in and of itself, and is an excellent opportunity to keep an eye out for an impressive diversity of wildlife, including Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Dall’s and Harbor Porpoises, Stellar’s and California Sea Lions, a variety of marine birds, and even our resident Orcas if you’re lucky. After roughly an hour of traversing scenic waterways between islands such as Cypress, Lopez, Orcas, and Shaw, we reach the quaint yet charismatic seaside town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Heading across the island to Roche Harbor, we embark on a naturalist-led 2- to 3-hour kayak excursion along remote rugged coastline that includes a number of wildlife refuges and dramatic views of the surrounding islands, Olympic Mountains, Mt. Baker, and more. We will explore kelp forests and shoreline ecosystems, searching for marine wildlife such as Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, River Otter, colorful inter-tidal marine life, and a variety of birds – and, if we are lucky, we may even encounter porpoises or whales, including one of our resident pods of Orca. Additionally, condition-dependent, we will have an intimate picnic lunch on Posy Island, the smallest state park in the country (depending on the tide!). Upon returning from our kayak exploration, we venture to Lime Kiln State Park, considered one of the best places for observing Orcas from land in North America (and an excellent alternative for a picnic lunch). Even if J-, K-, or L-pod aren’t around, the dramatic and stunning views across Haro Strait towards Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains are well worth the stop, not to mention there is often plenty of other marine wildlife to keep an eye out for during a short hike along the shoreline. Time-permitting, we can choose from a variety of additional nature-based activities, including a moderate hike to the top of Young Hill for remarkable views of the San Juan archipelago, beach-combing along the driftwood-strewn South Beach, and exploring the historic American and English “Pig War” Camps, which are part of the San Juan Island National Historical Park and were encampments during a post-Civil War boundary dispute between the United States and England. To end the day we’ll head to the pier for you to catch your incredibly scenic Seaplane flight back to Seattle. Soar high above the islands of the Puget Sound, a breath taking perspective of the area. Then land on the water in Lake Union, Seattle’s bustling urban lake in the heart of the city. Book Now
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San Juan Island Overnight
After a night sleeping in luxury with one of our select hotel partners in Friday Harbor, spend a leisurely morning in beautiful Friday Harbor followed by an incredibly scenic seaplane flight right into downtown Seattle’s Lake Union! Book Now
Full Day Private San Juan Island Kayak & Seaplane Adventure
Daily | 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.** | Summer May 15 – Sep. 30*** | Price on Request
- Activities | Paddling,* intertidal beach walks, birding, whale watching, educational sightseeing, scenic seaplane flight
- Interests | Marine biology, ecology, marine-life, botany, local and natural history, aviation
- Group Size | Private Escapes are available on request for any size group
- Pick-up at your Downtown Seattle Hotel, Cruise Terminal or downtown Arc’teryx retail store (400 Pike St.)
- Scenic Seaplane Flight from San Juan Island to Seattle with Kenmore Air
- Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
- Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
- Locally sourced Cascadian Safari lunch
- Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
- All entry fees
- All kayaking equipment
- Expert kayak guides
- Departing | ferry time dependent – 6:15-7:30am**
- Returns | flight time dependent – 8:30-9:30pm
- Difficulty | Beginner to moderate
- All-Inclusive Rate | Price on request based on group size
- Age | 6+
* Please Note: Inclement weather may cancel our paddle and would be replaced by additional sightseeing and interpretive beach walks, or perhaps a sculpture park and winery depending on the escape! ** We will call you within 24 hours of the trip and confirm exact time and location for your pick-up. Full name & weight required for each person flying. Please be sure to fill out your contact info during checkout. ***Blackout 2013: May 27 & Sept 2. Blackout 2014: May 26 & Sept 1. Book Now
- We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops. It’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera! We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.
- All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can certainly put together a private itinerary specifically for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding specific questions!
- Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.
- Please review our Terms and Conditions for information on changes and cancellations.
5. Should I get Travel Insurance?
- We recommend that you do. Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased directly from EverGreen Escapes.
6. Should I tip my guide?
- We take great personal and professional pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client we engage with, sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.
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