Educational Kayak Tours

Hood Canal Adventures offers a variety of educational kayaking adventures on the Hood Canal.  Most tours are led by the owner, former Marine Biologist Christina Maloney. As you paddle along the shoreline of the Hood Canal you will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Puget Sound and the rivers and estuaries we visit.  All tours offer the opportunity to view beautiful scenery and to see seals, eagles and other wildlife. We have a variety of tours to choose from between our 1 hour introductory tour, 2 and 3 hour tours, and our full day River & Estuary Tour.  In most cases you can pick your own date and time.  Harvesting crab during the tour may also be arranged. Click on each tour title below for prices and details.  For larger groups, we also offer guided kayak camping trips.

Introduction To Kayaking or Paddleboarding Tour

Black Point - Hood Canal TourOn our 1 hour Introduction Tour learn the basics of kayaking or paddleboarding!  As you learn and gain confidence your guide will escort you along the shoreline viewing wildlife and beautiful scenery. You also have the opportunity to extend your trip by heading out on your own once you are comfortable paddling. At low tide we have the chance to view a variety of marine invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers, nudibranch (sea slugs), crab, and more!

Not a beginner but still want a short educational tour? This tour can be tailored for anyone.  It is popular with families with small children and with folks who just want to relax for an hour.  Bald Eagles are a common sight May through June, and on occasion we spot seals and porpoises so bring your camera!

$45 per person.

Bald Eagle Tour

Throughout the months of May and June we offer a 2 hour tour to view and learn about the American Bald Eagle.  Bald eagles from around the area flock to the shoreline in the Spring to hunt small forage fish, spawning sculpin, and take to advantage of low daytime tides. It is not uncommon to view 30 or 40 eagles during a tour and have occasionally seen over 100 in the 2 hour period!

$65 per person

Estuary Tour

Our 2 hour Estuary Tour takes us to the Dosewallips River Estuary to view a large colony of harbor seals, bald eagles, and other wildlife. If the tide is high we will paddle up-river  and explore quiet sloughs where we sometimes spot Roosevelt Elk munching on the salty grasses!  Your guide will teach you about the wildlife we find and discuss the ecology of the Hood Canal and the estuary. In the late summer and fall we will watch salmon migrating upriver to spawn.

$85 per person.

Oysters on the Beach Tour

Puali Point - Hood Canal Tours

On this 3 to 3.5 hour adventure you will learn about the Hood Canal with your Marine Biologist or Naturalist guide while we paddle from our location at Yelvik’s Beach to a secluded beach on Pulali Point. On this 6 mile round trip paddle we have the opportunity to view bald eagles, harbor seals, river otters, great blue herons, and once we saw a pod of orcas! Once we reach the beach we will enjoy lunch in the shade, shuck oysters, and take a swim in the warm waters of Hood Canal!  The amount of bald eagles in this area during the Spring is astonishing and up close encounters are common.

$85 per person

River & Estuary Tour

Duckabush - Hood Canal ToursThis tour has it all! Rocky points filled with marine invertebrates; a beach stop for lunch, oyster shucking and swimming; a tour of the Duckabush Estuary; then a trip up the lower Duckabush River and back.  This is a 4 hour round trip tour but a one way trip may be arranged. Bring your own lunch for our scenic beach stop and wear a swim suit for swimming if it’s warm.  Common wildlife to view on this tour includes harbor seals and bald eagles, and in the late summer and fall we’ll also see salmon migrating and spawning in the river.  There is a 2 person minimum for this tour unless we have the opportunity to add you to another group.  This tour requires planning with the tides so some scheduling flexibility is required.

Groups of 2 to 4 – $115 per person

Groups of 5 to 25 – $95 per person


Bioluminescence Tour

Our 1 hour Bioluminescence Tours are conducted on evenings of the new moon throughout the summer.  Experience the spectacular wonderland of a sea glowing with luminescent plankton on this late night adventure.  As you paddle through the waters these organisms will light up like fireflies as your guide talks about the organisms that possess this special adaptation. Tours begin at 9:30 pm.  Call or e-mail at least 5 days prior to reserve your spot.


What To Wear On A Tour

Dress for the weather!  If it’s hot bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  If it’s rainy or cool, wear a rain jacket, hat, and a pair of water resistant pants.  Shoes or sandals that can get wet are recommended. Remember, you’ll be wearing a life vest which adds warmth and bulk so heavy jackets are not recommended.  Most of our kayaks have dry hatches so you can always bring a little more than you might need if the weather is unpredictable.  We also recommend bringing a bottle of water on all tours especially on hot days.  Bring your camera and cell phone at your own risk.  Most folks do, and there are rarely problems. We also have some dry bags to lend out but are limited.

Please contact us at least 48 in advance for all tours.