Biologist Guided Kayak Tours!

Hood Canal Adventures offers a variety of Biologist and Naturalist guided kayaking adventures on the Olympic Peninsula. Many tours are led by the owner, former Marine and Fisheries 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.  All tours offer the opportunity to learn about the area while viewing beautiful scenery, seals, eagles and other wildlife. We offer a number of tours to choose from and some are seasonal.  In many cases you can pick your own date and time. Prices shown do not include local and state sales/service taxes.  (Harvesting crab during the tour may also be arranged during crabbing season. Click on each tour title below for details.)  

Introduction Tour

Black Point - Hood Canal Tour

On our 1 hour Introduction Tour learn how to kayak or paddle board as you explore the shoreline of the Hood Canal viewing beautiful scenery and learning about the wildlife you encounter.  You also have the opportunity to extend your trip by heading out on your own once you are comfortable paddling.

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!

$49 per person for groups of 4 or more

$60 per person for 1 to 3 persons (1 person tours not be available in the summer)

Tide Pool Tour and Tide Pool Mini Tour

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One and two hour low tide tours seeking out sea stars, sea cucumbers, anemone and more! Eagles, seals and other birds are also a common sight and the scenery alone is breathtaking. Click on link above for details.

Tide Pool Tour (2 hour) $70 per person

Tide Pool Mini (1 hour) $49 per person for groups of 4 or more / $60 (1 to 3 people)

Bald Eagle Tour

American Bald Eagle / Bald Eagle Tour May 2020

In May and June our daytime low tides uncover the bounty of the sea, and the sculpin spawning season serves up easy pickings for Bald Eagles.  On this 2 hour tour we will view Bald Eagles from around the Puget Sound that flock to the shores of the Hood Canal. It is not uncommon to see 40 to 60 Bald Eagles on the beach and perched in overhanging trees, and some days we’ve seen over 100! Watch and learn about Bald Eagles with our Biologist and Naturalists and be sure to bring your camera for some rare up-close photos of eagles in their natural environment!  This tour is conducted only in May and June when the area’s Bald Eagle population is greatest.

$70 per person

Dosewallips Estuary Tour

Our Dosewallips Estuary Tour takes us out of Pleasant Harbor for a 2 hour paddle along the shores of the Hood Canal to the Dosewallips River outlet and estuary.  There we will view a large colony of harbor seals, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Roosevelt Elk are often spotted munching on the salty grasses and a rare view of the Olympic Mountains is a treat on a clear day!  Your guide will teach you about the wildlife we encounter and discuss the ecology of the Hood Canal and the estuary. If conditions are right we’ll paddle up river and into slow moving sloughs to explore the fresh water habitat of the Dosewallips River.  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

Lunch In The Wild Tour

Eagles on the way to secluded lunch spot

On this 3 to 3.5 hour tour follow your guide around the stunning rocky shorelines of the North Hood Canal to a secluded beach for lunch, beachcombing, and swimming.  Seals, eagles, marine invertebrates, small fish and river otters may be spotted along with occasional large marine mammals such as orca, humpback whales, porpoises and sea lions.  BYO lunch and wear a swimsuit if it’s hot!  Click on the link above for additional information.

$85 per person

Night Tour 

Bioluminescence. Disclaimer – Photo taken with long exposure time.

For the 2021 season, Night Tours are conducted every Friday night in August.  Join us for a 1 hour tour in the late evening as we paddle around the shoreline stirring up bioluminescent plankton, watching for meteors in the sky, or enjoying a bright full moon.  Arrive early (8:00 or 8:30 pm) with beverages or snacks, if you like, to adjust to your night vision as we wait for the darkness to approach.  We have a number of headlamps, but bring your own if available. Leaving at 9:00 pm.  Click on link above for additional details and booking.

$75 per person

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 you may need to request one in advance.

Please contact us to make your reservation.  Call 360-301-6310 / email 72 hours notice is recommended to schedule a tour.