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What better way to explore the coast of North West America than on a San Juan Islands kayaking & camping adventure? Let your experienced guides point out wildlife such as otters, bald eagles and orca whales while you get to paddle through this truly beautiful part of the world.
The San Juan Islands sound like they should be part of the Caribbean, but in fact these islands are in the Pacific Northwest, close to Seattle and Vancouver. The islands were first discovered by Spanish explorers and after a land dispute culminating in a British-American war (called the Pig War), it was decreed that the San Juan Islands would be part of America and the neighbouring Gulf Islands part of Canada. Now the islands are a premiere destination for nature lovers who want to be part of the landscape and get close to whales, birds, fish and majestic mountains.
From your base in Seattle your adventure starts before you even get in a kayak as you take the ferry over to San Juan Island. Immediately you'll be struck by the vibrant shades of green, blue and yellow that seem to make up every view. The itinerary will take you mostly around small, abandoned islands, so you don't have to worry about other people or machines spoiling the scenery. Day one involves paddling through Orca Whale habitats while day two takes you around Stuart Island where you'll see dozens of colourful birds going about their day around the old abandoned Coast Guard lighthouse. If you're not too tired, your guides will take you on an evening paddle to see how the water is naturally lit up at night through bioluminescence. It will be three days of pure wilderness and a great opportunity to get away from it all in a gorgeous place you might not have even known existed.
There are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you should book this tour: do you like camping? If you love to go camping or at least don't mind it, that's a good start. Does the thought of doing your business in the woods send shivers down your spine? Then you may want to skip this one. What about kayaking? Have you kayaked before or are you keen to learn? Then you will probably really enjoy this trip. Does the thought of doing something physically active during your holiday sound like the worst idea in the world? Then this probably isn't the holiday for you. That being said, plenty of "newbie" kayakers embark on this tour and end up loving it. The guides are very experienced and love to get people into kayaking. They won't leave the shore until everyone feels they are ready to begin so if you've always wanted to, but have never kayaked before, don't be discouraged from booking this tour. The groups are small (max 12 people) so this is great for people who don't want to be part of a giant tour but you will be doing everything together so if it's privacy you want, this might not be your ideal trip. This would be a great three days for someone who is keen to get their heart pumping while putting themselves right in the middle of postcard-worthy scenery.
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