Birdwatching Kayak Tour of Penn Cove  

2018 DATES:

  • Saturday April 7th
  • Sunday April 22nd 
  • Saturday September 15th
  • Saturday September 29th

We are happy to schedule other dates for custom birdwatching kayak tours for private groups of
between 4 and 10 people. Other locations are possible too, such as Cranberry Lake and Deer Lagoon. 

Start Time: 9:00am
Duration: approximately 3.5 hours, includes a brief beach break

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 birding guide who identifies and discusses the birds and their habitat and a kayak guide for safety and paddling instruction. We provide walkie-talkies to guests so they can communicate easily with the bird guide while on the water. 

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.