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Explore the San Juan Islands by kayak with Shearwater! Guided tours in stable, 2-person kayaks. Seals, bald eagles, otters, & porpoise are common wildlife sightings. Morning, afternoon, & evening 3-hr tours; or pack a lunch and join a Day Trip...more
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138 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-8205
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Our guide was amazing! Three hours flew by with pretty scenery and tons of education on the islands that dot the coast.

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

We really enjoyed our time with Shearwater Kayak Tours. The owner took us out and he added to the beauty of the islands by giving us lots of information along the way. We saw harbor seals and lots of birds. It was interesting to meet...More

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

Fantastic place to kayak. Carson was a very professional guide. He gave everyone paddling tips and safety procedures and made sure we all were comfortable and able to paddle. Carson was very knowledgeable of the area and provided tons of information about the island, plants,...More

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Michelle was a terrific guide and Shearwater was very accommodating. I will be back and kayak with them next year!

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Carson was excellent. He explained so much about Orcas while we paddled. A good teacher, reviewed paddle technique. Great personality!

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Our group of six go out with Shearwater every summer, and this year was once again wonderful. We always learn something new about sea life!

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Jeff Z, Owner at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

We are always glad to have your bunch return. Same time next year!

Reviewed September 10, 2018

A trip to Orcas isn't complete without getting out on the water. This was a delightful afternoon. Carson was a knowledgeable guide and we saw a range of wildlife from seals to fried egg jellyfish. Relaxed pace and plenty of time to explore.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Carson was an amazing guide on Sunday for me and my daughter (11). He is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. He helped us a lot when we fell behind and my daughters hands got cold. It was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

I have been on a large number of guided kayak trips, from half-day through week long expedition-style. This was one of the better ones. Michelle was an excellent guide. Friendly, knowledgeable (but freely admitting it if she didn't know something), and most of all, I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Jeff Z, Owner at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review. I'm glad your Shearwater tour with Michelle exceeded your usual kayaking experiences. We think there's much more to paddling than covering distance. We appreciate your feedback, and will consider including snacks on the day trips.

Reviewed September 9, 2018

Professional from start to finish. The booking guy was very helpful, gave tips about the weather and choosing a good day. Our guide Cory was terrific, very knowledgeable and led a great trip to the Peapod Islands from Doe Bay. Equipment was in good shape....More

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Date of experience: August 2018
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Anthony T
May 12, 2017|
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Response from Jeff Z | Property representative |
We have 3-hour kayak tours scheduled at 10am & 2pm at Deer Harbor Marina on those dates. At this time we have space available on both trips on the 17th, and on the 10am trip on the 18th. Availability is shown on our... More
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charger4life
April 11, 2017|
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While whales and kayaking are two of the big attractions to the San Juan Islands, no one can guarantee combining the two. The most likely time to encounter orca whales in the islands is spring and summer – usually mid-May... More
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