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Outdoor Odysseys

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1 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
+1 360-378-3533
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Superb kayaking experience

If you’re looking for a fun and unforgettable kayak trip in the San Juan Islands, I highly... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
ShelleyInTO
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Toronto, Canada
Food safety gravely lacking

We had a very friendly and knowledgeable guide on our 2-day overnight Orca kayaking trip. She knew... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Egan S
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Beaverton, Oregon
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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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1 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

If you’re looking for a fun and unforgettable kayak trip in the San Juan Islands, I highly recommend Outdoor Odyssey. Our 3-day trip was superb: kayaking gear was well maintained and safe; our guide was knowledgeable, accommodating and well organized; the food and wine delicious...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We had a very friendly and knowledgeable guide on our 2-day overnight Orca kayaking trip. She knew the waters and had studied up on the coastline to give us an interesting running narrative. My very big problem with the trip was lack of food safety...More

Thank Egan S
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Here at Outdoor Odysseys we pride ourselves on the quality of our trips. In our 30 years of operation we have never had any food related sickness on any single trip that we have run. The impeccability record is more than a roll of the...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

We had a rather large group of 18 people ranging in age from their 20's to late 70's. OO taught us all the basics on the first morning and we were off on a channel crossing. The equipment is top notch. The boats, spray skirts,...More

Thank KathrynAHall
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

It was great to get Oberlin out in the San Juans again. We love getting big groups that know each other on the water, they tend to be a blast and this was no exception! Cheers to all who made it possible!

Reviewed 10 August 2017

I've been researching kayak trips for a while and found the San Juan Islands have opportunities to kayak with Orca Whales. This has been on my bucket list for quite some time. There are several companies to choose from but I went with Outdoor Odysseys....More

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

We certainly can't control the weather but we are glad you think Matthew did a wonderful job of keeping everyone safe and showing you all a great (if challenging) paddle. Challenging paddling is the exception to the rule here in the summer so when we...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

I am not usually someone to pay for a guided tour, but this was absolutely worth it and a huge highlight during our time in the San Juan Islands. Our guide was awesome. I really appreciate how he work our way through the waves, as...More

Thank Seth K
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Safety and fun. You hit the nail on the head! Those two are critical to a great trip and sounds like you had them both. Come camp with us next time, we'd love to have you back!

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I am not even sure where to begin, my 13 year old daughter and I had the extreme pleasure of taking the 3 day tour with our amazing guide Jennifer! The first day Jennifer greeted us swept us off to the spot where we take...More

1  Thank power_em
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Wow! I'm speechless. I'll be sure to pass on your high praise to Jennifer. It makes us so happy to know that your trip was so stellar. Come back and paddle with us soon!

Reviewed 16 July 2017

We were a group of 8, me, the grandfather, the oldest at 69, plus two daughters, one son-in-law, and four grandkids 13 to 7 years old. We needed to pack just our own clothes. Our guide picked us up at our hotel, took us to...More

Thank OregonTim117
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Kayaking is a great sport for all ages. Doubles and good guidance can make for an enjoyable time on the water! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with Keith and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 14 July 2017

We spent an entire day just off the coast of San Juan Island with Megan and the Outdoor Odyssey crew in July. Our party was 9 strong and included seasoned kayak veterans and a few rookies. The OO crew couldn't have been more professional and...More

Thank Brian-Sexton
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Well Brian, We are so flattered by your kind words. This area really is a gem and we also think that Megan is fabulous. We hope you are able to make it from your corner of the country to ours again soon to come paddle...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We had an amazing 3 day ( 2 night) seak kayaking trip with Outdoor Odysseys. Keith, our guide, was better than we expected for a kayak guide, so easy going yet extermpley knowledgable about routes, currents, tides, winds, and saftey. He made our trip the...More

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Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

We really love setting up and running custom trips for families. We tailor everything from itinerary to food preferences and are so happy that they exceeded your expectations. Looking forward to having you back!

Reviewed 1 July 2017

This trip was one i will never forget. Outdoor odyssey does such a great job on these kayak trips. Our guides were wonderful. The food was beyond belief...for anywhere not just a kayaking trip. there were ten of us on the trip 4 of which...More

Thank DJW175
Tom M, Owner at Outdoor Odysseys, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Those early season trips are some of our favorites! We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip and your guides so much. Come see us again!

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