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Health & Safety • 2020

The health and safety of our guests and guides are always top priorities for us at Shearwater. Managing risks during fun and exciting outdoor activities is what we do. We are happy to be able to offer our kayak tours with a few changes. This year we have added new procedures to respond to the…

Deer Harbor – Orcas Island

Deer Harbor is one of our kayak tour locations on Orcas Island. Due to the sheltered location and dock launch, we offer tours here earlier and later in the season than our other sites. Almost anyone can enjoy kayaking from Deer Harbor. For centuries the area was used by the local Lummi people, part of the Coast Salish…

Bald Eagles

One of the most common wildlife sightings while kayaking around Orcas Island is the bald eagle. It is a rare day that we do not see at least one eagle on our tours. Often we see them soaring high overhead or perched near the top of a fir tree on shore, and occasionally our encounters are very…

Curious Seal Pup

A curious harbor seal pup has been spending time with some of our tours recently. Usually lone seals are shy and keep a distance. This little one has been swimming right under our kayaks and popping up very close to us. Kids on one of our tours named it “Chubbers”, and it certainly looks well…

Read About Shearwater and Orcas Island

The Huffington Post published a very nice article about Orcas Island, featuring Shearwater Kayak Tours, Doe Bay Resort, Rosario Resort, and other island businesses and locations. Check it out, then come for a visit!

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