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Our guests comments and opinions are extremely important to us. Each guest is provided an evaluation form at the end of their kayak trip so they may contribute their suggestions and ideas. These kayak trip reviews have led to most of the improvements we have made to our kayak tours over the years. We want to hear from you!

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Jon M. Avatar
Jon M.
9/25/2023 - Google
Had a great time! Super fun guide, well maintained equipment, and excellent instruction made this a fun, safe, and memorable day trip. Will definitely be going ... read more
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Banu R.
9/24/2023 - Google
- great weather and trip to view the bioluminescence - excursion went great and is recommended even for novices -the guide was knowledgeable and provided good i... read more
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Melanie S.
9/19/2023 - Google
Sea Quest Kayak Tours is excellent. Our guide Martine was awesome. It was everything we had hoped for and more. A wonderful memory for our family!
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joshua d.
9/18/2023 - Google
Fantastic overnight tour with Cody! From the great food, to organized schedule, friendly folks and multiple picturesque stops - Would definitely recommend!!
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Stacy M.
9/18/2023 - Google
Had a wonderful time night kayaking to see the bioluminescents. The guides Ben and Will were great and kind and helpful. The bioluminescents were so beautiful a... read more
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Josh B.
9/18/2023 - Google
Great trip with Martine as our guide. We were in for a family wedding with limited time and she absolutely helped us make the most of it. We saw plenty of harbo... read more
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ing w.
9/17/2023 - Google
our paddle under the stars with Julia was amazing! She was terrific and seeing the bioluminescent water was magical
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9/16/2023 - Google
This was a spectacular experience to see the bioluminescence in the water while kayaking. Our guides JJ and Nathan took great care of us and lead an amazing tou... read more
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Kenyacktie H.
9/12/2023 - Google
I recent went on the Quest Kayak Tour along with a friend. It was my first time in a kayak. Quest made the tour safe, engaging and informative. I had a great ti... read more
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Ian L.
5 star rating
9/11/2023 - TripAdvisor
Had a great time! Sea Quest had our rental right in time. Delivered it to the ferry dock and had us on our way. The equipment worked great, no break downs, no p... read more
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Brett W.
Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WA
5 star rating
9/05/2023 - Yelp
While we didn't spot any whales, our guide Caleb made this trip an incredible experience! He was friendly, funny, and patiently answered all our many questi... read more
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Kurt K.
9/05/2023 - Google
Sea Quest kayak tours was a great company to join for an adventure. I don't make it a habit to hire a guide for the adventures I go on and was a bit apprehensiv... read more
Derrik Avatar
9/05/2023 - Google
Sea Quest made our kayaking fun and easy. We made last minute reservations that they easily accommodated us. Our guide, Ben, was relaxed and fun, and had wide k... read more
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Alan C.
9/05/2023 - Google
We had a great time with Sea Quest on our sunset paddle! We enjoyed the water we were on, and we got to see seals and a harbor propose! Our guide, JJ, helped us... read more
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Isaac G.
9/03/2023 - Google
The guide was very knowledgeable which made the tour interactive and interesting!
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Luis D.
8/29/2023 - Google
Incredible experience. 3 day self guided tour in August. The sites were amazing. Ben(owner)'s support for our plan was amazing. Eliza was super at helping us in... read more
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Stephanie T.
8/28/2023 - Google
The Bioluminescence Kayak tour was AMAZING! Great guides, great location, great vibes, great experience!
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Lisa B.
8/27/2023 - Google
Fun, challenging, beautiful scenery. Great guide. Good meals
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Katie K.
8/27/2023 - Google
I chose Sea Quest for our girls church summer activity. Sea Quest had the best price and the most experience. The office worked well with me as I planned our 3 ... read more
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Ashley A.
Central Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
5 star rating
8/23/2023 - Yelp
We had a group of four that was fortunate enough to go out on the bioluminescence tour with a new moon and a meteor shower. The bioluminescence was absolutely b... read more
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5 star rating
8/11/2023 - TripAdvisor
We had a wonderful time we did the three day women's kayak trip two of us over 70 and two under 30 each traveling independently. Eliza was our tour guide she wa... read more
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5 star rating
8/07/2023 - TripAdvisor
SEA QUEST KAYAK TOURS IS THE BEST! My wife and I did the 3-hour sunset tour with our 14-year old granddaughter.
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Andrea C.
7/29/2023 - Google
Sea Quest Kayak Tours are amazing. I was on the 5-day trip lead by Caleb. It was the most challenging and most amazing thing I have done. Caleb was a wonderful ... read more
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Nancy D.
5 star rating
7/29/2023 - TripAdvisor
We loved our three day June 23-25 kayaking and camping tour with SeaQuest!. Eliza and Matthew were our guides. They were very safety conscious while making sur... read more
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p e.
Kirkland, WA
5 star rating
7/26/2023 - Yelp
I signed up for a one day private class to work on kayak rolling. Communication and follow-up was very good. My instructor, Matt, was really enthusiastic and ... read more
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Judy B.
7/26/2023 - Google
Gary was such a knowledgeable and helpful guide for us older newer kayakers. Really knows his stuff about the area and made it a pleasant experience.
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Keith M.
7/25/2023 - Google
Guides were very personable, accommodating and knowledgeable.
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Andrew H.
7/25/2023 - Google
We had the most amazing 2 day kayaking and camping trip with Sea Quest and our guide Gabriel! There were only two of us on this particular voyage, so we basical... read more
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Joe D.
7/25/2023 - Google
The tour guides were fantastic. So friendly and knowledgeable. My only gripe was that the kayaks could use some tlc as one of the boats had a rudder failure and... read more
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Robert C.
Boerne, Texas
5 star rating
7/24/2023 - TripAdvisor
Greg and Caleb did a fantastic job taking his around the shoreline of the island. Stopped at a small island for lunch and Greg did an incredible job educating u... read more
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Bird B.
7/23/2023 - Google
Definitely the best outfit on San Juan Island for kayak tours. I really enjoyed the emphasis on Natural History and the quality Equipment. I was impressed that ... read more
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Kronus G.
7/23/2023 - Google
This was a trip I had been looking to make since I was a kid, so to say I was excited would be an understatement. I did the 5 day trip and while it was exhausti... read more
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Jeff D.
7/23/2023 - Google
Matt and Isabella were in my opinion the optimal guides for this adventure. I learned much about how to properly paddle a kayak, and much more. They were very p... read more
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Dana C.
Boerne, TX
5 star rating
7/23/2023 - Yelp
Greg and Caleb did a great job leading our group. They provided a lot of interesting facts about the area, wildlife and sea life. Very informative and fun
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Denise S.
7/21/2023 - Google
Lovely one day kayak. Gorgeous scenery. They picked us up at 11 am. Excellent equipment with splash skirts. My only complaint is they said they said they wo... read more
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David R.
Fair Oaks, CA
5 star rating
7/21/2023 - Yelp
An amazing day, got my daughter and sister out on the ocean for the first time! Saw bald eagles and lots of harbor seals. The currents were at times challenging... read more
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dana s.
7/18/2023 - Google
Gabriel was awesome! He was very patient and helpful. We had a great time with our group
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Gowry S.
7/16/2023 - Google
Mat and Chad were fantastic guide and the bioluminescence was magical!
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Steve F.
Bellevue, WA
4 star rating
7/16/2023 - Yelp
We really appreciated their willingness to work with us to make our last minute rental work out. JJ was a great host, providing shuttle service from and back to... read more
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Abby G.
7/15/2023 - Google
Julia was amazing - really knowledgeable and fun! We saw a bunch of wildlife and had a great time
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Joe S.
7/13/2023 - Google
Our 7th year in a row of using SeaQuest for our group of friends. Always professional, safety-conscious, and so very knowledgeable about the wildlife, marine li... read more
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Jennifer D.
Youngsville, LA
5 star rating
7/13/2023 - Yelp
Isabella was super nice and patient. Family of 4 enjoyed the 6 hour paddle. We were able to see bald eagles, sea lion, harbor seals, and a deer. No whales but s... read more
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Korben S.
7/10/2023 - Google
Excellent route and guides
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Lara W.
Windsor, Connecticut
4 star rating
7/09/2023 - TripAdvisor
Caleb and Luke provided just the right amount of knowledge, fun and focus on safety. The breathtaking views of seals, and nature were outstanding.
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RoxAnn M.
7/08/2023 - Google
We went on a 6 hour kayak tour with Greg and Caleb and had a great day. They were awesome
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5 star rating
7/07/2023 - TripAdvisor
I had the most informative kayak tour I've ever been on, and it was truly an amazing experience. From the moment our guides, Isabella and Matt, greeted us, the... read more
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Ron J.
7/06/2023 - Google
My wife and I booked an overnight trip with Sea Quest during our 25th anniversary celebration vacation. We were placed with a large group of much younger peopl... read more
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Lisa J.
7/05/2023 - Google
We were visiting and did an impromptu overnight tour, Ben was able to accommodate us and we were lucky to have Chad and JJ as our guides. We had a large group ... read more
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Sam F.
7/04/2023 - Google
Super friendly staff very helpful and informative. The tour felt long cuz you’re paddling lol but wasn’t too bad, beautiful views! Sadly we didn’t see any wales... read more
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Aaron S.
7/03/2023 - Google
What an amazing tour. We did the 11 am tour on Saturday the 1st and our guides were awesome. Super energetic, knowledgeable, and engaging. They did a great job ... read more
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Madde K.
7/03/2023 - Google
Gabriel was an awesome leader! We had a great time.
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Aidan W.
7/03/2023 - Google
Night Bioluminescent Tour - Gabriel was an incredible tour guide. He was extremely nice and helpful! The tour was amazing and something completely unique. Highl... read more
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5 star rating
6/28/2023 - TripAdvisor
We had a wonderful kayak tour led by Clayton. He was very knowledgeable about the area, which made the trip more interesting.
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Bellingham, Washington
5 star rating
6/27/2023 - TripAdvisor
The guides Eliza and Mathew were eager to help us explore the waters around San Juan Island. We saw otters, seals,eagles, cormorants , shellfish etc. No whales ... read more
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J F.
5 star rating
6/22/2023 - TripAdvisor
We had a great time on short tour. Easy paddling. Eliza was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was a nice way to see coast from the water.
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Lisa A.
Phoenix, AZ
5 star rating
6/17/2023 - Yelp
Amazing experience, start to finish! The booking process was super easy and Ben (owner) was readily available to answer questions. The company provides a comp... read more
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Brittni A.
5/28/2023 - Google
Sea Quest took the best care of us I could have imagined. The owner and all of the employees were incredibly personable, friendly, and accommodating. Ben really... read more
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John B.
5 star rating
5/06/2023 - TripAdvisor
The trip was awesome. Martine and Gabriel ,our guides were great. Very knowledgeable about the wildlife and San Juan Island.
Didn't see any whales but the who...
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Leanne D.
5/06/2023 - Google
Great tour with Ben! We came with young kids and a grandmother and everyone had a blast. Ben gave great instructions on how to be safe but let the kids particip... read more
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Mychal W.
Atlanta, GA
5 star rating
4/27/2023 - Yelp
Ben was a great guide for the afternoon. The gear was nice, felt safe the entire time and the mid tour lunch break on Turn Island was good too. I would definite... read more
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Guest Reviews

We think you’ll find it interesting to read a few comments from veterans of our sea kayak tours. We present several kayak trip reviews on this page that depict our overall commitment to excellence.

I wanted to thank you for an excellent sea kayaking trip. My father and I enjoyed your friendly guides and seeing the killer whales, porpoises, and other creatures at home in the wild. Happy summer. I’m sure I’ll see you again!

Lisa Larrabee, Sacramento, CA

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the guide Chris was not only highly informed, but he was also a wonderful cook and a great kayaking partner. He was able to identify all the breathtaking wildlife we encountered and tell us the stories of their evolution and placement in the cycle of things. He also was able to share a vast understanding of how the land was carved and how nature has miraculously survived the hardships of growth among humankind. Despite being a city girl far removed from my own environment, I felt a comfort and safety, which allowed me the freedom to fully absorb the beauty around me. This can be greatly credited to Chris’ competency as a guide and sensitivity as a person. Reading poetry by the campfire was an added treat. The food was a culinary surprise. I would never have expected such hearty, healthy, and delicious meals from the cargo hold of a sea kayak. I would give the overall quality of my experience the highest rating. I commend you not only for a wonderful vacation but also for the respect and sensitivity your organization holds towards the environment. Thank you again for a beautiful experience.

Julie Anne Fiore, Revere, MA

The travel tips, packing instructions and checklists were very helpful and complete. Even as first-time rookies we felt well prepared! Alexandra is an outstanding guide. The depth and breadth of her knowledge is simply amazing. She taught us about plants, animals, marine life, geography, oceanography, history, and meteorology. She is an effective instructor, a caring over-seer, and a superb cook. And she inspires fun and laughter with her delightful sense of humor. Alex was always responsive to our requests for advice or help with special needs. She skillfully kept our pace challenging yet achievable. She helped us accomplish far more than I ever expected we could. Alex was extremely competent and that inspired our confidence – both in her and in us! Every piece of equipment we used was clean and in excellent condition. All meals were well balanced and delicious – the portions were very generous. Alex superbly prepared everything. Because every facet of the kayak tour was outstanding, the overall quality of my experience was superb! I would recommend Sea Quest Kayak Tours to anyone!

Jane Debelak, Apple Valley, MN

Your checklist was great and my husband was given complete and polite answers both times he phoned with additional questions. We were surprised at how stable our sea kayaks were as it was our first experience with this sport. We stayed perfectly dry too. (Not only in the kayaks but also in our tent when it rained.) The guide was outstanding…full of information about everything we saw, great sense of humor, articulate, and conscientious about everyone’s safety. This was the most fun and exciting experience our family remembers from any vacation. We’ve been raving to everyone about it. We plan to return on a longer trip next year! Our heartfelt thanks to you.

Judy Fessenden, Camarillo, CA

The gift of self is priceless – you have redefined ‘above and beyond’. The kayak trip was more than anyone had dared hope for. You were awesome. PS – See you next year!

Tammy Belcher, Glendale, AZ

I am making a special effort to thank you for your flexibility and the extra time you took to make arrangements for me. All the extra effort paid off in a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Kevin is a wonderful guide. All aspects of the kayak tour were top-notch. I plan to return to kayak with you again. Thanks for a premier sea kayaking experience. 

J Pizzino MD, Cary, NC

Your kayak guides are beyond words! Their expertise made the trip. What can we say… they were awesome, enthusiastic, and best of all they were just plain fun to be with!

Michelle and Brian Feeley, Philadelphia, PA

The experience was full of incredible sights, great laughs and enough adventure to get the adrenaline flowing – big time!

Bob Barut, Prospect Heights, IL

I would never go kayaking again without a biologist guide. We learned so much which gave us a deep appreciation of the wildlife, the islands, and the sea.

Jim Williams, Tacoma, WA

I don’t have enough praise for your staff, they made the trip! Their joy and enthusiasm, wit and intelligence, and superior people skills surpass any guided tour I’ve taken before – diving trips, Outward Bound, all of them. 

Anne Norton, Wasilla, AK

I found the equipment to be of the highest quality and in very good condition. I don’t believe I have ever been so relaxed and at peace with myself after a vacation. As my boyfriend put it, ‘she didn’t stop smiling from the time we got back until she fell asleep that night’.

Gloria Fields, Beaverton, OR

Being one with nature sea kayaking last week seems almost a dream now that we’re back to our busy work routine. We appreciated the organization and preparation that went into making the expedition so enjoyable and relaxing. It was interesting to learn about marine life, and thrilling to see the Dall’s porpoises leaping around the kayaks! The meals were truly gourmet, thanks to your good cooking – you made it seem easy to feed such a large group in the wilderness. The group felt safe and well looked after with your kayak guides. Thank you.

Evelyn Anderson, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I’ve recommended Sea Quest to everyone. I was very impressed with how well organized the trip was. I learned a lot and had a great time doing it. Both kayak guides were loads of fun – which made the trip! They made it look effortless but I know they were always working. Thanks.

Jane Akers, Seattle, WA

As long-time outdoors people lacking kayaking experience, we respect and appreciate the high quality of your services and your equipment. Sea Quest is truly a class act! Thank you doing such an outstanding jobs of introducing us to kayaking and to the natural magnificence of the San Juan Islands.

Carolyn Altman, Portland, OR

Superb. Almost a dream like quality, it was so beautiful. As a solo traveler I was made to feel a part of the group. I will highly recommend you.

Melinda Pratt, Tigard, OR

I felt very fortunate to have experienced my first kayaking trip with such an eloquent, knowledgeable, fun-loving, life-loving guide. He allowed me to truly enjoy the expedition because he warranted my complete respect and trust throughout the adventure. Great work on your planning. We had a great time. Pretty exhilarating for a landlubber like myself!

Julie Briggs, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

I loved the sea kayaks! They were so stable and beautiful. They were quite comfortable even though I am not very tall. The guide was wonderful, intelligent, humorous, and full of information. His meals were delicious and full of tender care. ‘Relax’ seemed to be the key word. I felt pampered and waited on the entire time. It was a five-day long high! Every second was magical. Every sunrise – every moonrise. The best, most spiritual experience of my entire life. It truly changed my perspective on life. I came home a different person!

Joanne Derby, San Francisco, CA

A terrific kayak trip! Mark did an excellent job. I would recommend it to anyone.

Dave Hoedemaker, Seattle, WA

Mark is an excellent kayak guide – very knowledgeable and good at passing that knowledge on to others. I enjoyed his humor and admired his integrity. He made everyone feel at ease and able to enjoy the experience. I’m recommending you to all my friends.

Amy Wickham, Boulder, CO

Just wanted to thank you folks for a great vacation. We both appreciated all of your efforts to educate us to the ways of the kayaking environment and the ecology/zoology of Puget Sound. I was very pleased to benefit from your knowledge and experience – it added a lot to the beautiful setting. It is gratifying to know that individuals like you are making the commitment to study the environment and introduce so many ‘outsiders’ to nature. Keep up the good work.

Mike Mogal, New York, NY

Absolutely the best! Both guides showed enthusiasm and knowledge far beyond what could be expected – exceptional people. Food was delicious and substantial.

Vince Nibler, Berkeley, CA

I felt very secure with our guide’s knowledge of the local waters and his extensive experience. The food was excellent from the content to the presentation. We’ve come back once now already and I’m sure we’ll be back again. There’s nothing like it!

Sarah Jackson, Cleveland, OH

Thanks for leading such a wonderful kayak trip. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Your incredible expertise and concern for excellence made the trip truly outstanding. I hope to make it on another tour again sometime. In the meantime, you can be sure I’m spreading the word!

Dorle Vawter, Minneapolis, MN

As you can tell, I had a great time! It’s hard to believe that just a month ago, I was essentially at the ends of the earth. It was fantastic!

Mark Hoffman, Redmond, WA

The staff was great. Everyone was not only experienced in kayaking but very knowledgeable about the region, sea life, geology, and more. It was a learning experience. Excellent! I would do it again in a flash.

Brad Rodgers, Amarillo, TX

The kayak trip I just finished was a ball – an absolute joy in every respect. I had never kayaked before but I always felt safe. Everything provided was in tip-top shape and got the job done. I think that very special praise should go to the guides. They were excellent. More than any other factor, Martine made the kayak trip! Her very special personality stamped itself onto a great personal experience for me from the very first moment. The whole package was without fault. A-1 quality!

Paul Bromberg, Bellmore, NY

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