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Shearwater Kayak Tours

138 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-8205
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Deer Harbor, kayaking

Outstanding trip, ~3 hours, learning many things - history, wildlife, .... beyond just the kayaking... read more

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Reviewed 3 October 2017
Thomas H
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Portland, Oregon
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I want to compliment Shearwater Kayak Tours for being an honest business. I booked a tour to leave... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Graytoppop
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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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"would recommend this to anyone"
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"doe bay resort"
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"felt safe"
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Outstanding trip, ~3 hours, learning many things - history, wildlife, .... beyond just the kayaking (which was great fun). Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

I want to compliment Shearwater Kayak Tours for being an honest business. I booked a tour to leave from Deer Bay and then went to Doe Harbor. There was no way I could make a later tour at Deer Bay,but Tom was very accommodating. He...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Michelle our guide was very good. Interesting tour of local islands outside harbor. History & nature

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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Had an absolute blast with our guide. Wish we could have seen some wildlife, but all was still fun. We did the Wasp Islands tour and have no complaints.More

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Jeff Z, Manager at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience here. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with our kayak guide. Wildlife varies with the seasons and unpredictably, as well. This time of year, many of our bald eagles head to the mainland rivers in search of salmon. Seals...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

The guide was excellent; they have a strong safety orientation, the boats are good, although they have small cockpit openings. However, they had the most uncomfortable seats I have experienced in a kayak. The pad on the seat is located at the bottom of the...More

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Jeff Z, Manager at Shearwater Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks for joining our kayak tour, and for taking the time to write a review. The kayak models we use (Northwest Kayaks "Seascapes") are very common amongst outfitters, and the cockpit openings fit a wide range of people. The seat backs are definitely a challenge...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This was a great tour, very knowledgeable guide and beautiful scenery! The equipment provided was perfect for the 3 hr excursion.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Carson was a most amiable, well-informed and articulate guide. He was appropriately concerned about our safety and shared a wide range of information with us. I thoroughly enjoyed his style and his manner - relaxed yet focused and always eager to answer questions as they...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Excellent experience for first time kayaking in open waters. Group of four tandem kayaks was a great size to paddle as a group yet explore at your own pace while within earshot of guide's instructions and notes about area & wildlife. Our guide - Michelle...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

I was on a full moon evening kayak trip from Deer Harbor. No moonlight due to clouds, but was still very enjoyable. Our guide, Michelle, did an excellent job of getting us prepared for our excursion around the smaller islands near Deer Harbor. It had...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This was a fantastic 3 hours. Our guide was absolutely great. We took the excursion from Deer Harbor for about 3 hours and enjoyed getting out to the small islands around there. It was beautiful and the equipment was great and our guide....I'm sorry I'm...More

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Anthony T
13 May 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
11 April 2017|
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Response from Jeff Z | Property representative |
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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