Outer Island Expeditions

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In a Nutshell

  • Explore remote islands
  • Vast array of wildlife
  • Equipment & instruction included

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Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to 1/4 of Groupon price may apply. Credit card required at booking. Minimum departure requirement of 4 people per tour. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Early aquatic explorers traveled the waterways of the world in search of new lands, natural resources, and Waldos. Blaze wake trails with today's Groupon to Outer Island Expeditions in Eastsound. Choose between the following options:

  • For $39, you get a three-hour Point Doughty kayak tour with all equipment included (up to a $79 value, recommended for ages 8 and older).
  • For $79, you get a full-day Sucia Island State Park kayak tour with all equipment included (up to a $159 value, recommended for ages 12 and older).

During a three-hour tour to Point Doughty, fully outfitted kayakers will depart at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. from Smuggler's Villa Resort to explore areas surrounding Orcas Island. Paddling down the north shore to Point Doughty State Park, home to seals, eagles, porpoises, and a variety of shore birds, participants will traverse an area accessible only by kayak and swan-shaped paddleboat. Paddlers will break on the beach to explore and enjoy a view of Mount Baker before heading homeward.

During the all-day Sucia Island State Park tour, aqueous adventurers will depart at 9 a.m. to sight wildlife and paddle the remote open waters of Sucia and Orcas islands. After outfitting fledgling water pilots with kayaks and ample mermaid repellant, instructors will ferry students to Sucia aboard a powerboat, stopping along the way at optimal wildlife-sighting locations. After a brief lesson, kayakers will shove off to explore the land-dappled region during an hour and a half of paddling. Eat lunch at a remote beach and explore the undeveloped island's natural caves, fossil beds, sandstone formations, and variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, Bigfoots, river otters, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoises, and the occasional orca. After another 90 minutes of paddling, patrons will be shuttled back to Orcas Island.

Outer Island Expeditions

Outer Island Expeditions' fleet of kayaks and boats safely cruises at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through frothy crests ebbing amid the striking sights and wildlife of the San Juan islands. Venturing as far as 50 miles into Canadian waters, whale-watching excursions foster personal rapport between patrons and boat-side orcas, gray whales, or humpback whales trying to learn human etiquette for future espionage missions. Fishing charters set sail in search of ocean creatures and potable salt water. Kayak tours explore the scenic north shore of Orcas Island and the beautiful wildlife haven that is Sucia Island State Park. Powerboat tours depart from either Smuggler's Villa Resort on Orcas Island or Skyline Marine Center in Anacortes, WA.

Customer Reviews

Have always had good experiences with Outer Island...this is probably our 5th year of going out whale watching and Anacortes is great as we like the small boats and always see whales. Highly recommend.
Diane H. · 4 days ago
Had a great experience. The team we were with were knowledgeable and tried hard to ensure we got to see what we came to see. We followed a pod of 4 whales and got to see them hunt and eat. Thankfully we were not so close as to see all the unpleasantness of a hunt but close enough to know they were having dinner. It was all very exciting, much better than I had anticipated. Weather was agreeable as well. Would love to do it again.
Nancy P. · 5 days ago
The naturalist was very informative. The captain was very professional and ran the boat extremely safe. We got to see the whales and Bald Eagles and seals. All and all it was very enjoyable. Would highly recommend it.
Kevin And Robin B. · 6 days ago

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