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Address: 1 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
Phone Number: +1 800 647 4621
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Since 1987, Outdoor Odysseys has been offering quality guided sea kayaking...

Since 1987, Outdoor Odysseys has been offering quality guided sea kayaking and whale watch tours in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Our tours feature an opportunity to search for Orca whales and eagles while paddling. We offer great camp cuisine including Dutch oven cookery and naturalist guides that are extremely knowledgable about the biological, geological and natural history of the area. We have been selected by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the "200 best outfitters" in the world.

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Kayaking along Lime Kiln State Park

We were a group of four taking a full day kayak trip. I would highly recommend this tour group. Jennifer was our guide for the day, she was knowledgeable and personable. They... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a group of four taking a full day kayak trip. I would highly recommend this tour group. Jennifer was our guide for the day, she was knowledgeable and personable. They weather was perfect (nothing to do with Odyssey, but it added to the enjoyment factor). We saw orca, seals and a bald eagle. Jennifer shared facts about the... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the first phone call to the last handshake, my experience with the Odyssey team was perfect. Our guide, Sev was clear with directions creating safty, knowledgeable giving a lesson with each creature crossing our "path"', an excellent chief ..adding pounds to my waiste line.....in a leap of faith I invited 2 friends along....we all departed happy campers"..... Passionate about... More 

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Thank BettySchlacter
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

I am so glad that you had such a wonderful experience, start to finish, on and off the water. We love getting groups of friends out paddling with us. Your enthusiasm and sense of adventure added so much to the trip and we'd love to get you all out on the water again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went on the one day tour in September. It was fantastic. We saw so many orcas including a few with their young. We somehow ended up along the route many were going and rafted up to have them approach surfacing on our one side at approx 15feet and then on the other side of us at... More 

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

What an amazing experience! Such good fortune to have such a close encounter. To abide by federal law we raft up and remain close to shore when the orcas swim through. On this day the whales were extraordinarily close to shore and we all got quite a show! Hope to see you again soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a beautiful day on the water. Sev was our guide and was very helpful - he helped me find all day parking. He was extremely knowledgeable of the island and all of it's biology. He was very instructive for a couple of newbies to kayaking too. The only part that was a bummer was we didn't see any... More 

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

The views are stunning and you all had a beautiful day to see the scenery and enjoy the western shore of San Juan Island. As far as changing our route goes really the best chance at seeing the orcas. It's more their range and speed that determines an interaction than the small amount that we can vary our route. Those... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did the 3 day, 2 night trip to Stuart Island with my 2 teenage children. Our group was 6 people plus our guide. We kayaked 36 miles in 3 days. The scenery is gorgeous. We did not see any whales so I would not go if that is high on your list - take a whale watching boat tour... More 

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

We are so glad that you had a wonderful trip and that the weather was so friendly. Our guides are what we feel makes us special and we are glad that you found yours to be informative and skilled both on the water and in the camp kitchen. More 

Manassas, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were looking so forward to "kayaking with the whales"... but, apparently, they had some place else to be... it is a big, big Sound out there and I guess we little humans weren't as appealing as some salmon running further north! But we did see lots of adorable seal pups and a huge (but luckily benign) Stella Sea Lion.... More 

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Thank Sue R
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

Sue, we're so glad that you enjoyed yourself with us for the day! There really is so much to see and I'm sure your enthusiasm and interest were contagious. Come camping with us on one of our over night tours or we can help you plan and put together a custom trip with a group of 6 or more! We'd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Just got back from an overnight camping trip with OO about a week ago, and after the time we had, I had to write a review. First of all, it's important for me to note that this review is completely apart from the fact that yes, we got lucky and saw Orca whales. And yes, we got extremely lucky that... More 

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

Stephanie, Thanks for the review and the healthy dose of perspective! The whales are incredible but are certainly not the only thing that make paddling in the San Juans with Outdoor Odysseys so wonderful. Come back any time! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Nikkin was such an excellent guide for the weekend trip. We saw lots of seals and seal pups, bald eagles and tons of other sea life. Through Nikkin we learned all about the San Juans and the biodiversity in its waters. We also were fortunate to see orcas whales both days of our trip. The highlight being the second day... More 

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

Two days is just enough to get a taste of how great camping with Outdoor Odysseys can be! Sounds like the wildlife was out in force and Nikken's skill in the kitchen was as well! Come see us again for a few more nights out in the islands on one of our 3 or 4 Day Tours! More 

Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

My expectations of the one-day whale-watching kayak trip were high, based on a friend's recommendation, so perhaps I had set the bar too high, but this experience was disappointing. The guide did not seem to even fake attempts to spot whales and we basically hugged the shoreline for 2.5 hours, ate a pretty basic, mediocre lunch (I can buy mint... More 

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Thank Kristen M
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

I'm sorry that our day tour didn't meet your expectations. Those big mammals known as orcas have an incredible range as they follow their food source. That being said they make their presence know when they are close by making searching for them unnecessary. Our guides know we paddle in the best location to have a chance to see them... More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

I went on a 4-day kayak trip. Our guide, Sev, was fantastic. He knew about local geology, weather patterns, tides & currents, animals, and island populations. He fixed gourmet meals—stuffed poblano peppers, pad thai, apple crisp deserts. He had coffee ready every morning early, and great kayaking skills. Sev guided us through tricky currents when necessary, but always consulted his... More 

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