2-Day Fully-Catered Kayak Camping Trip in the San Juan Islands

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Cypress Island is unique among the hundreds of amazing islands here in the San Juan archipelago. It is one of the crown-jewels of the San Juan Islands National Monument. Over 90% of this large island has been set aside as a Conservation Area and a Natural Area Preserve. Due to the protected status, there is an abundance of wildlife surrounding the island. Miles of trails are available to explore, some leading to stunning overlooks and others lead to private coves with pebble beaches. Few commercial companies venture to Cypress Island due to the challenges of where they operate from. Anacortes Kayak Tours is perfectly situated to enable them to escort a lucky few people to the "last best place" in the San Juan Islands. No ferry hassles are necessary to join this trip. You can drive right to us on Fidalgo Island due to bridges that connect us to the mainland. Make the most of your valuable time and join us!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Anacortes Kayak Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Fidalgo Island to Cypress Island

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After departing from Fidalgo Island you will cross the channel and traverse the pastoral shorelines of Guemes Island. Look for porpoise in the channel, as well as our ubiquitous Harbor seals! From Guemes Island you will cross Bellingham Channel and enter the Cypress Island Marine Protected Reserve. Wildlife abound here and the views are outstanding. This is one of the least developed islands in the entire San Juan archipelago. Depending on needs of the group and the weather, you will head to one of only two primitive camp areas on Cypress Island. Both offer exceptional camping experiences. If there is time then you may opt to go for an afternoon paddle after setting up camp, but most people are content to relax on the beach or take in a hike on the trails while the guides prepare a fantastic dinner. If conditions permit then it is possible that bioluminescence will light up the darker bays along the island. Your guide will usually know when this is happening and will offer to take you out in the dark for a quick trip to experience it.

Stop At: San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are comprised of over 450 named islands. They are well known for their pastoral beauty and diverse wildlife. Cypress Island is one of the least developed (only one permanent year-round resident) and the most protected of them all.

Stop At: Fidalgo Island

Anacortes is located on beautiful Fidalgo Island. If you have the time then you should definitely plan to spend an extra day here before or after your kayak camping trip! Ask us for ideas about where to explore, we love telling people about our favorite spots.

Duration: 2 hour

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Cypress Island is an exceptional place. 90% of the island has been set aside as a conservation area, and the water surrounding Cypress is designated as a Marine Protected Area. Wildlife abounds here, both in the sea, and in the forested slopes. Be sure to take a walk on the trails, some of them lead to the most amazing views!

Duration: 20 hour

Day 2 Cypress Island to Fidalgo Island

Stop At: San Juan Islands

After enjoying a wonderful night on the island you will rise with the Sun (or a bit later, if you wish). Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast before assisting you in taking down your tents and packing your gear. Your route for the day is dependent on the tidal currents and weather. Some trips retrace a similar route back to Anacortes, and others choose to take a slight variation. Lunch will be served on a beach along the way. This trip usually returns between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
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