SUP Adventure Tour - Orcas to Jones Island

Launching from picturesque Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, we’ll paddle 2.7 miles to one of the most popular paddling destinations in the San Juan Islands – Jones Island.  On this SUP adventure tour you’ll learn how to plan for a SUP camping trip, outfit your gear, pack and use hands-on marine navigation.

Our route will take us up Spring Passage where’ll we’ll cross to Jones Island. The Cascadia Marine Water Trail campsite is on the west side of the island complete with vault toilets and epic views!  Once on the island, we can relax or hike the scenic 2 mile trail around the island visiting pocket beaches, coves and the foundation of a pioneer’s homesite.  We may see mink, harbor seals, deer and birds.  


Half Day – Learn which gear to bring on a trip, how to pack and outfit your board, as well as marine navigation, safety and on-water communication.  The half day can be applied to on-water time for a second night for an additional fee.  The Half Day can also be on-water skills development to prepare for your trip.  

Day 1 – Launching from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, we’ll cross Spring Passage to Jones Island. On-water we’ll discuss hands-on navigation, boating right of way and how to read weather and the water to make the best paddling decisions. 

Day 2 – After breakfast, we’ll determine our tides and weather situation, pack up and paddle back to our put-in.  If time allows, we can take an alternative route through the scenic Wasp Islands before heading back to Orcas Island.  

Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate 

You have taken my SUP Basics 2 class and/or have proven experience standing in boat wakes and/or light wind. You can paddle mostly straight for 1-2 miles, can fall and get back on easily in conditions. You can paddle up wind and in side-winds. Your Half Day class can include paddling techniques to prepare for the tour. Questions on your skills?  Let’s chat.  

“I’ve had many SUP, surfing (and beyond) lessons world-wide but I haven’t found an expert in the area that compares to Rob’s level of quality experience, competency and teaching skills. Rob emphasizes safety first and caters to each individuals personal learning style in delivering quality instruction to paddlers of all levels. He truly went above and beyond and has set the bar extremely high for a business model that I hope to mirror. I will definitely return to him for further training.”

- Amber W

Class Details:

SUP Adventure Tour Schedule – Contact me for a time that best fits your schedule. Private trips only.  Dates also depend on tides, currents and wind for each route. Join my newsletter to watch for occasional scheduled dates.

Trip Size: 1-6 people depending on trip.

These trips are Self-Catered: This means you cook your own food but I can supply cooking equipment. 


Group Rate (3-6 people):  399 per person with all rentals /  349 with your own gear.

2 Person Rate – 599 per person with rentals / 549 with your own gear. 

1-1 Private Rate: 1,200 with rental equipment / 1,100 with your own gear. 

Rentals include: A stable touring board, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties, gloves and basic camping and cooking gear.

Alumni: $25 off per person

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“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

- Leah R

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