Orca and Kayaking on San Juan Island

We decided to stay for three nights on San Juan to allow us to cycle round the island and look for whales at “possibly the best land-based point for observing orca in the world”, and spend a day kayaking.
So off we went.  Well, after messing around on the internet for an hour in a coffee shop checking out where we were going next, finding a bank, buying food, booking a kayaking trip and doing other such admin tasks.  Eventually, we set off for Lime Kiln State Park, the aforementioned “best land-based etc etc” to hopefully see some orcas.  It’s a lovely, blue, sunny day.  Here’s the Haro Straits with the Olympic mountains sticking out of the clouds in the distance.
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As we cut over to the west coast of the island, we see a line of whale watching boats proceeding slowly down the coast.  Through our binoculars we can see orca, so we peddle furiously to Lime Kiln and drop down to the viewing point.  A brief pause for a sandwich, and then five orcas swim past about 20 yards away, breaching and swimming on their backs.  After ten minutes, they’re gone.  We’ve timed it perfectly, completely by accident of course.
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The following day we’re off kayaking, on a trip which takes us around the same area.  Needless to say, we don’t see any orca, but we do see harbour porpoise, seals and eagles.  It’s another lovely day.
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Flat or what.  Not even a ripple.

1 comment to Orca and Kayaking on San Juan Island

  • Elisa

    fabulous! I’m so glad you’re having a good time.
    I’ve only been to NW part of US once – Oregon – it is lovely. We didn’t go out in the ocean, and saw no whales – lots of big seals though.


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