May 27 – Sept 16
Pack your favorite picnic lunch and join us for a great day exploring the islands. Kayak to a small, uninhabited state park island or isolated beach. We have a long break mid-day to enjoy trails, explore tide pools if the tide is low, or just relax. After the break, we take a new route to loop back to the harbor.
Deer Harbor Kayak
- Adult Ages 18+
- Youth Ages 13-17
- Child Ages 7-12
Explore Deer Harbor & the Wasp Islands
Deer Harbor Marina is located in the SW corner of Orcas Island. Our groups paddle through the nearby Wasp Islands, where we commonly see seals, sea stars and bald eagles. Additional kayak trips from Deer Harbor include Spring Wildflower Tours, Paddle & Picnic, Moonlight Tours, Bioluminescence Tours, Family Tours and Custom Tours.
Shearwater provides stable two-person kayaks, all necessary kayaking gear, dry storage bags, and professional guide. Our tours include 20-30 minutes of gear adjustment and basic instruction. Expect two and a half hours on the water for this tour.
No kayaking experience is required. However, this is a physical activity and all participants should be prepared to paddle for 2+ hours.
All children must paddle with an adult. The minimum age requirement for a child to paddle in the front seat of a tandem kayak is 13 years on our standard 3-hour tours. We have two seats available for children 7 to 10 years old to ride in special “triple” kayaks. A child in a triple must be accompanied by two adults. Call for details.
Family Tours are offered by request at our Deer Harbor and Rosario locations. These are similar to our standard 3-hour tours, but we don’t expect to go as far or as fast. If you have children under 13 years old, call to book.
3-hour tours from Deer Harbor are offered from April – September.
Minimum age: 13 years on standard tours; 7 years on “Family Tours”
Maximum weight: 260 lbs /person
Maximum height: 6’4″
Meeting Location: Deer Harbor Marina. Meet outside the Barge Gift Shop. Down the ramp on the right side of the main dock.
Cancellations: You want to go kayaking. We want to take you kayaking. We understand plans sometimes change. Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of a standard, scheduled tour are fully refunded (more than 5 days in advance for groups of 5+; private and custom tours have a separate policy). Late cancellations, late arrivals, and no-shows are refunded only if we are able to resell the space(s).