Many people enjoy sea kayaking as a way to see the marine world up close while soaking up some sunshine, and the tropics aren’t the only place to make that happen. The San Juan Islands offer perhaps the epitome of tranquil sea kayaking while adding an extraordinary feature: the chance to paddle with orca whales. There are three resident populations of orca whales within the San Juan Islands, peppered with sightings of transient pods. If not a single orca is spotted on an orca kayaking expedition, not to worry — sightings of Steller sea lions, otters, bald eagles, and a host of other wildlife are sure to fill the void. Check out this footage from an orca kayaking tour that shows what the San Juan Islands can give you in just a few hours!
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