Birdwatching Kayak Tour of Penn Cove

SPRING 2017:  We've already run our tours.  However, if you have a group of 4 or more who would like a custom birdwatching kayak tour, please contact us for possible dates.  


  • 9am Saturday September 23rd
  • 9am Sunday October 8th

Please join us for a morning of birdwatching and kayaking around Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. Penn Cove is an official IBA, an Important Bird Area, meaning it is a site that has met a criteria that is “critical for birds during their breeding, wintering, and migration” by Washington Audubon, with assistance from Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Penn Cove, a large and protected salt water cove, is a haven for aquatic birds.  This trip is lead by a kayak guide for safety and paddling instruction and a birding guide who identifies and discusses the birds and their habitat.

We offer this special outing only in the spring and fall so that we observe a wider variety of birds during their seasonal migrations. Cost is $89.00, plus WA State sales tax and a $1 administration fee, per person. A 50% deposit is required in advance. Duration: 3- 3.5 hours.

This trip launches from Mueller's Park on the west side of Penn Cove, approximately a half mile from the Capt. Whidbey Inn. A WA State Discover Pass is required to park there. Once we launch, we will paddle and observe for approximately 3 hours.  We may or may not take a break on a beach to stretch our legs; that can be decided by the group, which is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

**We must have a minimum of 4 guests to run a Birdwatching tour.  If there are fewer than 4 people, we reserve the right to ask guests to reschedule or to pick another tour.