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Shearwater Kayak Tours

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Address: Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
Phone Number: 360-376-4699
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Explore the San Juan Islands by kayak with Shearwater! Guided tours in...

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. Custom group tours can be tailored to your needs. Special tours include: spring wildflowers and moonlight kayaking. Call now for info and reservations!

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Best kayak tours on Orcas

They offer a range of kayak tours from several different locations on the island. Also offer daytime or evening tours. We found the staff friendly and helpful and honest. We felt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Cathy M
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They offer a range of kayak tours from several different locations on the island. Also offer daytime or evening tours. We found the staff friendly and helpful and honest. We felt they were a professional outfit and had good quality equipment.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a last minute sunset sea kayaking tour which left from West Beach Resort. Our tour guide Sean was great! Very informative of how to properly use the gear and knowledgeable on the area and sea life. We were fortunate enough to see jellyfish, crabs, starfish, seals, and a group of porpoises upon sunset as we arrived to the... More 

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Jeff Z, Owner at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with Shearwater Kayak Tours. I hope you can join us again sometime! More 

Haslemere, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the 3 hour tour from Deer Harbor Marina. It was super. Our guide was very informative. We were lucky enough to see seals on our trip as well as herons, starfish and crabs. We would thoroughly recommend this tour.

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Jeff Z, Owner at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your kayak tour with us, and thank you for the recommendation! More 

Millbrook, New York
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The full day trip to Sucia Island is not to be missed. Our guide Michelle was so friendly and smart. She kept the small group of four engaged, always, with the wildlife around the island, the geology of the island, and she also encouraged a bit of solitude to ponder the beauty that surrounded us. The paddling itself was moderate... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to experience orcas island at it's best so we booked ourselves a kayaking trip. First, we had a difficult time finding a company that would take our family since our family consists of an 8 and 6 year old. Outer island expedition stated that the 6 year old was too young and only take us if we booked... More 

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Jeff Z, Owner at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this review

So glad your family enjoyed kayaking with Carson. Shearwater is actually the largest kayak tour company on the island (Outer Island Expeditions does more whale-watch and fishing trips than kayaking). Having several locations around the island gives us the flexibility to offer tours appropriate to a variety of ages and abilities. We are happy to accommodate families with young children... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had an amazing trip with Corey as our guide. He was knowledgeable about wildlife, helped with our kayaking techniques, and went at just the right pace. Definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend...now fiancée...planned the perfect proposal with Shearwater Kayak Tours. He came to them with the idea of proposing while on a kayak tour, but wasn't super familiar with the Orcas Island area and was looking for suggestions on a location. Our guide, Michelle, took us out to Point Doughty. She suggested we stop there to stretch a bit before... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family recently visited Orcas Island and had the pleasure of going on a kayak trip with Shearwater. We left from Deer Harbor and took the half-day, 3 hour kayak trip. Corey was so helpful and passionate about the flora a fauna surrounding the island, he truly made our experience unforgettable. I would highly recommended this company and would absolutely... More 

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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on two Shearwater kayak trips with Carson as guide this week. Both left from Deer Harbor, one an evening trip where I was paired up with another customer (all Shearwater's kayaks are doubles) and the other a morning trip with my wife. The trips were great. The kayaks are hiqh-quality fiberglass boats (not plastic roto-molded, not sit-on-tops). Carson... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently spent a week on Orcas Island. I took two three-hour kayak tours with Corey of Shearwater Kayak Tours. Each day was magnificent. Corey is a genuine human being and a great kayaker, teacher and guide. His knowledge of the island, the waters and the wildlife is subtle and comprehensive. I stayed at Doe Bay Resort, one of multiple... More 

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