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Address: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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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Great Kayaking, great guide, great food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mizree P
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank LeighA31310
Mierzyn, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Captain Ivan and his crew deliver the most exciting experience with a smile and with lots of valuable information. We shall never forget it ! Thank you for the WOW !

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Thank MarekSlaby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Katelyn H
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank 421Anonymous
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Guillaume L
California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were spending time on Orcas island, but wanted to kayak and see the orca whales. We took the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan to pick up the tour. We were met by Taryn, who drove us to the launch site. She was also our guide. She gave us all the needed safety talk about the kayaks as... More 

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OutdoorOdysseys, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this review

We like Taryn an awful lot as well. So thrilled that you enjoyed you trip so much. Keeping group sizes in the 4-5 boat range makes for what we feel is a more intimate experience. As the only outfitter offering lunch on day tours we're glad you felt well fed too. Come see us again soon! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time on this trip, and were thankful for the experience at the end, but I wouldn't call it the trip of a lifetime. We had a group of super nice people, and were all well-matched in ability. The paddling is hard work. We consider ourselves pretty fit, and used to water sports, but we were surprised... More 

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Thank Marci M
Manchester, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on this trip during Peak Orca Season. The guide was personable, but the other touring companies guides were awesome (you're near them at launch and lunch). Our party all asked about seeing whales and our questions were all 'redirected' to talk about 'other' marine mammals - the seals that are always on the rocks. Because of the weather... More 

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

The northwest can be a moody place and the day this trip went out was no exception. We link to see the silver lining and beauty in those things that we cannot control. Misty overcast days can be as beautiful as the clearest of days! With regard to the whales they are incredibly powerful wild animals with the ability to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This was my first trip with Outdoor Odysseys (OO) after purchasing the package through theclymb.com and I had an amazing time! Our group, composed of 10 other clymbers, bonded from the start and were pretty low maintenance for our guides. We kayaked from Friday Harbor to (and around) Stuart Island on days 1& 2, to Jones Island on day 3... More 

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