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Adventures Afloat

We are excited to offer our new multi-sport adventure that will have you exploring Blake Island and the Puget Sound from kayaks and sailboats.


This is a sightseeing experience like no other. You will get up close and personal with the waterways and wildlife in two-person kayaks on a guided tour of the hidden treasure that is the Salish Sea. You will experience the excitement and relaxation of sailing and become a part of history as you set sail aboard Circe, a 62'-wooden sloop built in 1930 on Lake Union. Did we mention the gourmet catered lunch?


This unique experience is brought to you by a partnership between Ballard Kayaks and Lake Union Charters & Adventures.


Choose your own adventure below (single day or overnight), then hurry up and book your spot! 


Single Day

$250 per person


Act 1: We will meet you at Elliott Bay Marina at 9:00am with your outfitted kayaks ready to go. After a brief introduction and demonstration, we will set out to explore the wildlife and beauty of the Puget Sound from a water level perspective.

Huge stellar sea lions, playful seal pups, soaring eagles and swimming cormorants will entertain us as we paddle across the Puget Sound to Blake Island. 


Act 2: Near Blake Island, we will meet up with Circe, a historic 62’ wooden sailboat, in a serene anchorage. Enjoy refreshing drinks and a gourmet catered lunch in a remote picturesque bay. 


Act 3: Set your sights and sails for Seattle as we weigh anchor. Lend a hand and learn to sail or sit back and enjoy the view as Circe gracefully sails back across the sound. We will return to Elliott Bay Marina at approximately 6:00pm.


Act 4: Not ready to say goodbye just yet? Join your guides for drinks and discounted appetizers at Maggie Bluffs, just steps from the off-load dock.


The small print:

*Times and itineraries are estimates and subject to change based on weather, tides and unforeseen circumstances.

*Some kayaking experience required. If you are unsure of your kayaking ability, give us a call – we’re happy to give you a lesson or refresher.

*This unique experience is brought to you by the partnership between Ballard Kayak and Lake Union Charters & Adventures.



$450 per person


Day 1: Meet at Elliott Bay at 9am on Saturday for a quick run through of your upcoming adventure and a briefing on basic sailboat handling before climbing aboard Circe, a 62’ wooden sailboat, and casting off the lines. As we hoist the sails in Elliott Bay, glance over your shoulder for the most picturesque views of downtown Seattle and, if we’re lucky, Mt Rainier. We will spend the morning learning to sail and watching for wildlife as we make our way across Puget Sound.


We will set the anchor in a serene bay just off of Blake Island and relax while our professional chef dishes up treats made with the freshest local ingredients. After lunch (and a post-lunch nap...?), explore the area at your own pace by foot on one of the island’s many hiking trails or by kayak while we set up camp for you.


Round out the day with dinner around a campfire, endless stargazing and peaceful natural surroundings.


Day 2: Awake to the smell of fresh roasted local coffee and a prepared healthy breakfast. Enjoy a slow-paced morning on the beach, or go for a hike around the island while we pack up camp. After a brief meeting about the day, we will hop in our kayaks and turn our bows toward Seattle. Huge stellar sea lions, playful seal pups, dancing porpoises, soaring eagles and swimming cormorants will entertain us as we paddle back across the Puget Sound toward home.


We will arrive at Elliott Bay at approximately 6pm on Sunday. We know it’s tough to say goodbye, so who says you have to?! Join us, if you’d like, for drinks and discounted appetizers at Maggie Bluffs, just steps from our take out point.



*Experience: our stellar staff will keep you safe, entertained and happy

*Accomplishment: you will have kayaked all the way across the Puget Sound and picked up some sailing skills at the end of this duel-sport adventure

*Cuisine: The dishes our professional chef creates in a galley (kitchen on a boat) the size of a shower stall will certainly make you paddle faster! 

*Destination: don’t just kayak in circles – we’re headed places!

*Remoteness: we camp on an island only accessible by boat where our city’s eponym, Chief Seattle, was born.


(You will be taken to Lake Union Charter's booking page -- don't worry, you're in the right place!)

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