Above: Our kayaks on the beach of Deadman Bay during our Discovery Sea Kayaks excursion on San Juan Island, Washington

Pods of orcas congregate along the west coast ofSan Juan Island. In order to try and get an up-close view of them, we booked a full-day kayaking excursion withDiscovery Sea Kayaks. Though originally from Texas, our guide, Andrew, displayed an impressive knowledge about the surrounding flora and fauna as our small group of five paddled along the shore.

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