Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands


Sea Kayak - Vendovi Island

Paddle down Hales Passage to Vendovi Island Preserve for the spring bloom. This island gem has two miles of trails we will take to the south-facing sunny slopes sparkling with the colors of thousands of native wildflowers, including camas, paintbrush, and fawn lily.

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2.0 kts
  • Pace: 3.0knt

Arrive at Gooseberry Point around 9 am (beach north of the Lummi Island Ferry Dock) and plan to launch at 10 am.  Option to park off-street or pay for parking. We will paddle south through Hales Passage, then cross over to Vendovi. Plan to spend 2 hours on Vendovi Island for lunch and hiking around the island to see the spring bloom.  Then return on the flood and plan to get back to the put-in around 630.  Beware the outhouse on Vendovi is not open.

This is a 16 NM trip and will need to keep a 3nm pace.

Proper immersion clothing required.

If you have a kayak with a sail be sure to bring it along


Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands

  • Sea Trails Rosario Strait Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lummi Island, Bellingham & Samish Bays WA005

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421

    MapTech The San Juan Islands No. 104

    MapTech Rosario Strait No. 106
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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