Nicholas Konopik and his Kraken Tours bus will take groups on brewery, winery and distillery tours on Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Nicholas Konopik and his Kraken Tours bus will take groups on brewery, winery and distillery tours on Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Ride the Kraken: ‘Captain’ offers unique tours

If you and a group of people want to get somewhere on the island, Nicholas Konopik says it’s time to get kraken.

The Oak Harbor resident will pick you and at least four other people up anywhere on the island in his distinctive dark green bus. Konopik recently launched Kraken Tours WA, which offers wine, brewery and distillery tours, as well as charters to anywhere a group of people wants to go.

Through this endeavor, he hopes to close the great divide between residents on each end of the island.

“We’re trying to get the North End and South End to actually kind of come together,” Konopik said.

The island is full of “hidden gems” that many residents don’t even know about or don’t go to because they’re too out of the way, he said.

His tours, which he leads as “Captain Kraken,” last three to four hours and hit three to four destinations. People have the chance to choose their own adventure or let the captain take them on his recommended trip.

The adult beverage tours are $48 per person.

His excursions include the unique Captain Kraken experience. Konopik sports a pirate hat, engages with his guests and ensures the drive is anything but dull.

“That’s the fun part,” he said. “That’s what separates us from a regular shuttle. … You don’t jump in a giant, green short bus to have a boring time.”

Konopik has worked a number of jobs in the tourism industry, so the tour bus seemed a natural step when he moved back to the island about a year ago. His family are longtime residents, and he grew up in Oak Harbor. Although he and his family often traveled to the South End, he later noticed that was not often the case with other North Whidbey families.

He’s hoping people will enjoy Whidbey’s alcohol-related businesses more if they don’t have to worry so much about how they’ll get home.

“There’s so much to do here,” he said. “It just makes so much sense.”

Some of Konopik’s favorite stops are Spoiled Dog Winery and the Bayview Taproom or “anywhere on the waterfront in Langley.”

Eventually he hopes to expand his services, he said. He’d like to take tours of seniors or transport groups to Seattle for Mariners or Seahawks games.

No matter where the guests decide to go, one thing is almost guaranteed.

“They’ll get sick of me jokes,” Konopik growled in a pirate voice, “you best believe it.”

•To book a tour visit www.krakentourswa.com, email captn@krakentourswa.com or call 203-520-6417.

More in Life

Whidbey activists craft pouches to help orphaned baby wildlife in Australia

In some cases, social media really can serve as the great unifier.… Continue reading

Good Samaritans offer help to Whidbey drivers during winter storm

Gabe and Isaac Bozeman can’t legally vote, but they are able to… Continue reading

Crunch time: Family’s granola business growing quickly

When her daughter was growing up, Marybeth Shirley wanted to make her… Continue reading

Orca poo, salmon restoration focus of whale workshop

As captivating as whales are to observe, there’s a lot of information… Continue reading

Well, what do ya snow!

Monday’s winter storm might have produced little more than a light dusting,… Continue reading

Off-island couple have first baby to be born on Whidbey in 2020

Whidbey Island’s first baby of the new year was born to parents… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Roller Girls gliding into 10th year

There’s a somewhat of a juxtaposition in the actions on the floor… Continue reading

Motorcycle club rides for ‘something bigger than ourselves’

The chapter of Brothers-in-Arms Motorcycle Club might be known as the “Nasty… Continue reading

Ring in the New Year across Whidbey Island

With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several different events and celebrations… Continue reading

A breath of fresh air

By Ron Newberry Special to the Whidbey News-Times Simon Frazer enjoys everything… Continue reading

New preserve is born on Whidbey

By RON NEWBERRY Special to the News-Times As you step from the… Continue reading

Santa gives kindergartner Isaac Hamm a nice, cold orange last Wednesday during the big man’s visit to Hillcrest Elementary School.
Orange you glad it’s Christmas?

Santa’s elves have been sending up positive reports to the north pole… Continue reading