mid May – mid September • Tu/Th/St
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.
Spring Wildflower Experience
- Adult Ages 15+
Spring is in Bloom at Yellow Island
Join us for a unique springtime excursion while on Orcas Island. Small groups (up to six people) make for a fun and personal time in the islands.
These kayak tours include a stop at a small, nature preserve island, owned by the Nature Conservancy. Once on the island, there is plenty of opportunity to stroll the trails and see a colorful variety of native wildflowers. A variety of birds and marine wildlife is also commonly sighted on this tour.
Wildflower tours are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in April and early May. If you have a group of four or more people, we may be able to offer other dates as well. Call or email for details.
Shearwater provides stable two-person kayaks, all the necessary kayaking gear, dry storage bags, and professional guide service. Our tours include about 30 minutes of gear adjustment and basic instruction. Expect 1 1/2 hours on the water before and after exploring Yellow Island.
No kayaking experience is required. However, this is a physical activity and all participants should be prepared to paddle for 2+ hours.
Spring Wildflower trips are only offered during April and early May. For flower lovers, April is also the time to enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival after your trip to the island!
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 on the right side of the main dock. Marina parking is available along Deer Harbor Rd just past the main dock, behind the post office, and on Upper Deer Harbor Rd above the resort.
Cancellations: You want to go kayaking. We want to take you kayaking. We understand plans sometimes change. For reservations of 1-4 people, cancellations more than 7 days in advance of tour are refunded, less a $10/person fee. For 5+ people, cancellations more than 14 days in advance of tour are refunded, less a $10/person fee. Late cancellations or changes, late arrivals, and no-shows are refunded only if we are able to fill the tour.
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