Kayak San Juan Island
UPDATES: July has been great for orca encounters. Our latest encounters have been amazing. Check out our Facebook page for the most recent updates, videos and photos.
Discovery Sea Kayaks has been setting the bar for quality kayak tours on San Juan Island for the past 15 years. The foundation of our kayak tours starts with our staff. We are a small group of experienced kayakers with a diverse background in biology, history and outdoor education. We bring modern techniques and safety standards to our waters that some companies have yet to adopt. You will not find images of kayakers without life vest on our site.
Each kayak tour is operated with an emphasis on adventure and education. Guides continually update their knowledge of regional wildlife to provide the most recent understanding of the Salish Sea ecosystem and the Southern Resident Killer Whale population. Traveling in small groups with no more than 8 guests per tour ensures that guides can easily communicate and share their knowledge with each paddler.
“We did the half day kayak with Jason who is extremely knowledgable about the waters, plants, birds, fish and everything happening on the island. He pointed out bald eagles and their nests; jellies in the waters, a river otter launching from shore. Just a fabulous morning on the water.” -TripAdvisor Review
Choose from a selection of our most popular kayak tours operating from the west side of San Juan Island. Our Full Day and Half Day Kayak Tours routes travel within the Orca Sanctuary, providing the best opportunities for whale watching. Sunset Kayak Tours are a great option for those seeking an evening kayak experience and witness a beautiful island sunset.
For the more adventurous traveller, our Multi Day Kayak Tours offer the opportunity to camp on smaller isolated islands. Customized kayak routes are designed for exploration and wildlife encounters. These routes travel through the Orca Sanctuary on the west side of San Juan Island.
A unique kayak tour we offer only certain times of the summer and in limited numbers is the Bioluminescence Kayak Tour. We select the best dates of the summer and only take 1 trip of 8 guests on the evenings we offer the tour. This is truly an amazing San Juan Island kayak tour experience. Your guide will lead you through the dark to the best areas to see natures light show.
“My girlfriend and I did a bio-luminescence tour at night then a full day tour the next. Our guide, Jason, was extremely knowledgeable about all natural aspects and history of almost everything we asked. It was s slow orca season so we didn’t see any of those but I still learned so much about the islands and other wildlife during the trips. The bio-luminescence tour was a very special trip that is something so unexpected and cool. Highly recommended!” -TripAdvisor Review
National Geographic Adventure selected Discovery Sea Kayaks as one of the best travel companies on earth for 2008 and 2009, both years the award was offered. Selected based on interviews with guests and history of excellent service.
Recognized by TripAdvisor with Certificate of Excellence Awards 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.