I booked this tour several months ago using the online booking system. The reservation process was seamless and professional. There were a total of six in our party ranging from 30 years of age to 63 -- very close family. There was very wide range in athletic ability in our group and body size. Some members of our group could not get in and out of the kayaks without assistance, and many of them were scared to death when we started out. Our guide was Pete, and he did an absolutely superb job! The orientation he provided before we set out on the water helped to get everyone as comfortable as possible. He was very polite, very professional, and really upbeat even with the challenges that some members of our group provided him.
When we started out, we first saw several blacktail deer on the shore as we paddled by. Then we found a pair of Bald Eagles that were calling to each other and flew out over our heads. There was a juvenile nearby. That show was really awe-inspiring. A bit farther down, we found a harbor seal sun bathing on a rock. All the while, Pete pointed out biological, historical, and just interesting facts about the San Juans, and everything we were viewing from the wildlife to the bull kelp in the water.
As we got closer to the turn around point of our short trip, I spotted what I thought was a dorsal fin of an Orca. It turned out to be an Orca whale and about 25 friends. We watched over the next 20-30 minutes as the whales swam and played as they headed parallel to the shore that we had just paddled up. We saw several flukes (slapping of the tail out of water), spy peeks (raising their head to look), and one full breach. One of the Orcas spy peeked no more than 12 feet from our group of kayaks as we huddled together close to the shore to make sure we weren't in their way. Some of our group members teared up at the absolutely majestic display.
We then started to paddle back to the park where we launched from. Again, Pete was excellent in helping everyone get unloaded.
I would recommend this to trip to anyone. While you shouldn't expect to always see whales or tons of wildlife, Sea Quest and Pete provided an absolutely professional and fun environment to experience nature in the San Juans. It really was the highlight of our whole trip to the San Juans.
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