Join us for a unique excursion while on Orcas Island this spring. We paddle to a small nature preserve island known for its native wildflowers, and see a variety of wildlife from the kayaks along the way.
Paddle & Picnic
- Adult Ages 15+
Enjoy a Kayak Tour & Picnic in the San Juan Islands
Pack your favorite picnic lunch and join us for a relaxing time exploring the islands. Kayak to a small, uninhabited state park island or isolated beach for a fun getaway. We include time to enjoy hiking trails, peer into tide pools (if the tide is low), or just relax during our ample lunch break.
Our route provides views of many small islands and wildlife encounters on the water and onshore. Bald eagles, seals, otters, and porpoises are common sightings.
Eastsound Village has a large grocery store and natural food co-op to supply all you need for lunch. Orcas Store at the ferry landing is also well stocked. We bring a soft-sided cooler to keep it all fresh.
Shearwater provides stable two-person kayaks, all the necessary kayaking gear, dry storage bags, and professional guide. Our tours include 20-30 minutes of gear adjustment and basic instruction. Expect about two hours of kayaking before lunch and about two hours after lunch.
No kayaking experience is required. However, this is a physical activity and all participants should be prepared to paddle for 2+ hours at a time. Wind and tidal currents (beyond our control) sometimes require strenuous paddling at times on these tours.
Paddle and Picnic Tours are offered from May – September.
Typical Schedule (route and timing may vary with conditions):
- 9 – 9:30 a.m. – Basic instruction and gear adjustments
- 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Paddle to a small state park island
- 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch break and time to relax or explore on foot
- 1 – 3 p.m. – Kayak through small islands and return to the harbor
Minimum age: 15 years
Maximum weight: 260 lbs per/person
Maximum height: 6’4″
Meeting Location: Deer Harbor Marina. Meet outside The Barge Gift Shop. Down the ramp in The Barge, located on the right side of the main dock. Additional parking is available in the upper lot.