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The San Juan Islands are home to abundant wildlife, from land to sea. Sea kayaking offers one of the best wildlife and whale watching platforms. We move quietly through the water, minimizing potential disturbance to the wildlife. Different variety of whales are known to travel through the islands. During the months of June through September the chance of encountering orca whales if high. During the early Spring and Fall humpback whales make their way into the island waterways. Harbor seals and sea lions are commonly seen on rocky outcrops and swimming the shoreline. Bald eagles nest in the islands during the Spring and are often spotted perched in top of trees. This is just an example of some of the wildlife we encounter kayaking the San Juan Islands.


Small islands strewn across the waterways with mountain peaks in the distance. Views of the Olympic Mountains and the Cascade Mountains sit in the distance. On clear day views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker can be seen as well. The shoreline rocky outcrops are filled with fir trees and madrone tress. Everywhere you look you will see postcard perfect views







Where We Paddle

San Juan Island is known as one of the best whale watching destination in the United Sates. We design routes for our Half Day, Full Day and Sunset Kayak Tours to increase the potential for kayaking with orca whales and encountering the most wildlife. The route travels along the west coast of San Juan Island with views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island.

Multi Day Kayak Expeditions routes are custom designed by guides. We account for the most recent wind forecast and tides to find the best water conditions. Multi Day Tours are designed for travel and exploration. We try to blend the best of scenery and wildlife encounters. While kayaking to the outer islands we take advantage of amazing shoreline paddling and crossing channels though tidal currents.

Sea Kayaking San Juan Island is an exciting and memorable experience. Let Discovery take care the of details while you enjoy the paddle.


Downtown Location

Kayak Tours and Bike Rentals in the heart of downtown Friday Harbor. Our shop is located at 260 Spring St, only a couple of blocks from the ferry terminal. We provide transportation to and from the kayak tour launch location.


Small Group Size

Eight guests per kayak tour is the maximum size of our kayak tours. We believe this is the best way to ensure that all guest have the interactions they expect with their guide. Traveling in a small group allows us to create less impact on the natural areas, ensures safety of the group and overall satisfaction of each guest. If you are planning a trip to the San Juan Islands and have a group of more than 8, please contact us for details on reserving a custom kayak tour for your group.

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Could be a busy weekend on the island. If you are brining your car over and do not have a reservation check and see what spots are left. secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Reservations/Vehicle/default.aspx
If you do not have a reservation arrive early and travel standby or pay for parking and walk on. Always plenty of space for walk on's and no reservation needed for walk on's.
Once here a few awesome town notes. Farmer Market will be going on Saturday morning in Sunshine Alley. Good place to grab a snack and enjoy a small town market. If you are looking for a great cup of coffee or an amazing Latte, check out Crows Nest located on the corner of First St and Spring St. Sit down breakfast at Rocky Bay is always good, but busy. Grab a deli sandwich from Spring St Deli and head out for a day of island adventures. And of course if you want to go on the best kayak tours on San Juan stop by our office at 260 Spring St. and we will get you all set up. Don't forget we rent bikes that are all in brand new condition. We can get you set for a half day or full day of adventure while you cycle around the island. Hope to see you this weekend.

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A bit of the circle of life today on our half day kayak tour. This eagle had a tiny deer for its daily caloric needs. #discoveryseakayaks #fridayharbor #hakunamatata ...

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Absolutely FANTASTIC! We had it all, Orcas, Eagles, everything! Thanks so much!


We had a great time kayaking with Discovery, the staff and guides were amazing. We saw the most wonderful views and eagles, seals, and orcas. Everything was done safely and respectively. Thanks Discovery!


AMAZING TRIP! The islands are gorgeous, wildlife and scenery were awesome. What really made the trip were our guides. A wonderful experience and would not hesitate to recommend this trip or comeback. Thanks for a great week

"I CAME BACK" I went on a 3-day kayak tour around the San Juan Islands in 2010, and loved it so much I convinced a pair of friends to come back with me in 2011. Both times, we did it early in the season, so our group consisted of 4 clients and two guides (one in training). The trainees were already pretty fantastic, but their trainer (and owner of DSK), Jason, is just plain awesome.


"BEST THING I'VE EVER DONE" Wow, a friend and I went on a full day kayaking trip yesterday and it was the most spectacular thing I've ever done! We hadn't gotten more than 5 or so minutes out of the little harbor where we launched when we started seeing Orcas, and they kept coming and coming!


"ONE OF OUR SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS" My husband and I took a 5 day trip and circumnavigated Orcas. The equipment was great, the scenery even better and our guide Brooke made the trip unforgettable. The entire experience was fantastic


We have been on numerous kayak trips in the past and this one surpassed them all. We found Discovery Sea Kayaks to be fabulous to work with during the planning stage. We appreciated the excellent equipment (the kayaks are really nice fiberglass ones) and the attention to safety (constant GPS going back to the home base and guide wears a dry suit).

On the west side of the island, Paul guided us to one of the most beautiful places we've ever been. As we paddled, he showed us jellyfish, sea stars, kelp beds, nesting bald eages, seals, Dahl dophins and the majestic Orcas. It was breathtaking to see a pod of Orcas