Unlike trips that depart from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, this tour departs directly from Anacortes. Located on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is known as the Home Port to the San Juan Islands. No ferry hassles are needed to reach your launch site, saving you hours of waiting in lines, sailing delays, and the added expense of purchasing fares. The convenience and efficiency of departing from Anacortes simply cannot be beaten!
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Launch from Anacortes, and paddle along the shorelines of neighboring Guemes Island. Our guides are familiar with the tidal currents and will choose the optimal route for your group. After traversing the shores of Guemes Island you will cross Bellingham Channel and enter the Marine Protected Area surrounding Cypress Island. Keep your eyes open for porpoise cavorting in the tides, or seals hunting salmon. You might even get lucky and encounter whales!
When kayaking it is often easier to talk about time spent paddling than miles covered. Most trips will take three to five hours to get to one of the camp areas. There should be ample opportunity to take breaks on the beach during this time, including a stop for lunch.
After arriving at the beach your guide will assist you in setting up your tent and setting up the rest of your camp. Now it is time to relax, this will be home for the next few days!
While on the beach you are free to explore the trails on your own or accompany your guide on a walk if you prefer. Some groups want to paddle later in the day, just let your guide know!
Later in the afternoon, your guide will be busy preparing a delicious dinner for you to enjoy. This is another great opportunity to go for a walk or just relax on the beach with a glass of wine, watching the evening light coloring the sky.
After a hearty breakfast, your guide will talk with you about the day’s paddling options. We rarely have a set plan for this day, so feel free to talk about what you are hoping to see and do. Our guides love to try and tailor every trip to meet their guest’s expectations. We have found that most people are happy with about 5-6 hours of paddling, with plenty of relaxing breaks on the many pocket-beaches found along Cypress Island. Lunch is almost always prepared in the field, away from camp, so bring all that you need for the day. It should be mentioned that occasionally some people prefer not to paddle at all and would rather spend the day walking on the miles of trails found here. That is fine with us, you will just need to communicate with your guide so that they can prepare a lunch for you ahead of time.
After returning from the day’s adventure it is time for….you guessed it….more relaxation! Go for another walk, skip stones, or simply sit at the water’s edge and contemplate the beauty around you, while your guide is busy preparing your next delicious dinner.
Greet your final morning on Cypress Island with a hot cup of coffee and watch as the Sunrise changes the shadows on the surrounding islands. After breakfast, you and your guide will talk about the best route home before taking down your camp and packing the boats for the last time. It’s always a slightly melancholy feeling to leave Cypress Island behind, but you can always return again!
Lunch will usually be another beach break somewhere along the route home.
Depending on the route you take, and the conditions of the day, you will likely return back to Anacortes sometime between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The exact return time is difficult to predict because so many factors are involved with this sort of travel experience. We recommend that you do not schedule things too tightly just in case the weather or some other variable slows you down along the way.
One of our logistics people will be there to greet you and help you unpack the kayaks. If you left any luggage at our office during the trip then they will bring that with them as well.
After saying farewell to your guide, you are off to the next adventure. Hopefully, we will see you again!
**This is a sample itinerary which outlines the type of experience that most often happens. Due to the dynamic nature of outdoor adventures, things can sometimes change without notice.