Great Family Adventures: San Juan Islands Family Kayak Tour

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Courtesy of San Juan Outfitters

HIGHLIGHTS: Take three days to show your family the magnificence that abounds in the San Juans. With views of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier, this kayaking tour also provides close animal encounters from the water’s surface—groups see sea lions, elephant seals, porpoises, whales, and all kinds of birds. You’ll be kayaking up to 10 miles each day, as an experienced guide takes you, based on current conditions, to the most active wildlife spots. Off the water, you’ll hike and camp lush Stuart Island and relax by the fire as staffers prepare fresh, organic meals.

OUTFITTER: San Juan Outfitters is a family-owned, eco-friendly operation that customizes whale-watching and kayaking tours based on groups’ needs.

ITINERARY: Roche Harbor to Stuart Island and the Killer Whale Sanctuary.

DATES: Multiple departures are offered throughout the summer.

PRICE: $639 per person, including all meals, guidance, and equipment rental.

INFO: sanjuanislandoutfitters.com, (866) 810-1483.

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