The San Juan Islands, located off of Washington State, are known as one of the most spectacular island archipelagos in the country. Craggy coasts, deep blue-green waters with abundant sea-life, and pastoral landscapes abound. Known as one of the best sea kayaking places in America, it also offers interesting small towns, a rich human history, diverse marine and bird wildlife, scenic hiking, and a unique opportunity to learn how to sail a traditional wooden schooner. Our trip starts and ends in Seattle and if you have never visited Seattle in July, you'll find out why everyone falls in love with it. Maximum group size: 12
|July 23 to July 30, 2022|
|$3750.00 - FULL|
The trip is rated 2 and is appropriate for any active woman who regularly walks briskly for exercise and wants a vacation that mixes being active in the outdoors with learning about the human and natural history of the area. No prior kayaking experience is needed. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be walking regularly, including hills or stairs, at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
Since the San Juan Islands are made up of diverse ecosystems, we'll explore it in diverse ways: kayaking, sailing, and hiking. Participants must feel comfortable in open water for this trip and have the agility to climb in and out of kayaks. If motion sickness is an issue for you, this may not be the best trip for you as there is a lot of time spent on moving water vessels. No experience is needed for any of these activities - we'll teach you all that you need to know!
The first night is in a modern and convenient hotel close to the airport. The next 3 nights are at the Earthbox Inn in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The double-occupancy rooms are classic retro chic with small kitchenettes. The Inn also has an indoor swimming pool. The next three nights we stay on Orcas Island at the Landmark Condos, each with 2 bedrooms and one bath, living room and kitchen. Rooms are an assortment of shared and individual rooms (which will be assigned randomly) and all have shared bathrooms.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The scenery and attentive guides
Wonderful, relaxing vacation! Heather and Carrie took care of everything.
This was my first AGC trip and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was great; participants and guides were beyond my expectations. I was amazed at all the work the guides went through to prepare a wonderful breakfast each day and dinners. Also, they managed to go with the flow when things didn't work out (ferry cancelled!). They worked very well together and put up with all of us without making it look like work for them.
Being able to be with my daughter, Cassie, for the week --in all its glory. Visiting the San Juan Islands and immersing in the water and views of the area. First time in area. Perfect variety of activity...Kayaking, hiking, sailing. The weather in the area, at this time of year, was so amazing...fresh air, blue skies, perfect temps, no rain. Carrie and Heather were excellent guides! It was interesting -- as it was the first time they had met in person--and yet they worked so well together to run the trip. They both were very professional, kind and courteous leaders, had great attention to detail, and were adapt at changing the flow, as needed. Keeping 12 different women happy for a week--I imagine-- can, at times, be challenging--with so many different personalities--but, I found both of them had excellent manner in moving around and thru the guests--while keeping the ball rolling, so to speak. They were both very positive in their manner and upbeat. They read the group and individuals very well--which is such an important skill, which I find one has to develop and learn. Overall, 2 lovely woman who I admire. I would say they are both great assets to AGC!
Actually the whale watch I did on my own was amazing. Guides were terrific and our group of women really bonded and had a great time together
Freedom to make choices o how to spend each day
Loved the variety of activities, loved the guides, loved having down time
Zip lining, Kayaking, Wildlife watching, (I added a whale watch on my own, and it was the highlight of my trip) I traveled from Ohio and felt it was a shame to be right there and not see whales.
Enjoyed all of it with the following exceptions: Sailing - since we had no wind, 6 hours of this was too long. If no wind after a couple of hours, abort and go to another activity. Kayaking on Orcas - the outfitter used there was not as good as the one on San Juan Island - they were outstanding. AGC Guides were excellent.
Great place, people, guides.
Beautiful kayaking opportunities. Nice accommodations. Fabulous guides!
enjoyed the variety of activities.
THE KAYAKING ON SAN JUAN
Ziplining was so fun - company was very professional and local guides were delightful!