The Friday Harbor half-day tour takes advantage of Discovery Sea Kayak’s marina dock space, just a short walk from our main storefront. With a launch site only two blocks away, this tour minimizes transportation time and maximizes water time. By beginning in the harbor, paddlers will have the opportunity to learn about Friday Harbor’s colorful past, as well as take advantage of the protected waters to get accustomed to the kayaks. From the marina, this tour may take several routes depending on currents and conditions. The northbound route meanders along the wild shoreline north of Friday Harbor. As University property, most of this area has been left in its natural state without any trace of housing or development. The southbound route travels past, and ultimately circumnavigates, Brown Island. Kayakers taking this route will have the chance to see nearby Turn Island and encounter many of the harbor seals that frequent the area.
Both Friday Harbor half day tours are designed to travel in part of San Juan Channel, an area well-known for Transient (Bigg’s) Killer Whale encounters. As marine mammal-eaters, these groups of Orcas have been seen in the San Juans with increasing frequency over the past several years. Other potential wildlife encounters include porpoise, harbor seals, sea lions, humpback whales, minke whales, bald eagles, and more!
|Style:||Wildlife Viewing | Family Friendly|
|Location:||Port of Friday Harbor|
|Depart:||9:00am 1:00pm Our Shop|
|Restriction:||250 Pounds Max / Children 50 Pounds Minimum|