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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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Wonderful Day... even with no Orcas!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Sue R
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Manassas, Virginia, United States
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We had a GREAT time on a 3 day kayak trip with Outdoor Odysseys! Taryn our guide was fantastic - she was super upbeat, fun and full of information. She also made amazing meals! Really, it was so impressive what she could do with the small amount of food and cooking appliances that we were able to bring with us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We called at the last minute on the morning of our trip and although they were booked up completely, they managed to round up a couple of vehicles and guide for us and get us on the water immediately! They picked us up in the main circle at Friday Harbor and drove us to a nearby beach to launch. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We went on the three day trip and had a great time. We were picked up at the designated location on time and all the gear for our group was quickly stored on and in the van for our transport to the put in. Jennifer and Matthew were friendly and helpful setting the tone for the whole trip. They even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Just getting around to write a review for a trip that too place in the spring. These guys and gals are pros! We booked a trip for a large group, pretty last minute, and Tom pulled it off. He was extremely helpful in directing us to the right type of outing, and even made sure to advise us on ferry... More 

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