About Us

Discovery Sea Kayaks is a small sea kayak tour company based in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We started the company as a small group of individuals passionate about paddling and sharing the outdoor experience with others. As time has passed we have grown and have made a decision to keep our staff small and adhere to our small company roots. We hire a few talented outgoing individuals with diverse backgrounds. We provide the proper training so they can become the best in the industry.

In the end our goal is to provide the best experience paddling one of the world’s best kayak and whale watching destinations. We pride ourselves on being the premier kayak tour company on San Juan Island.


It’s easy to love what we do. As a kayaker it is a dream job having the opportunity to share the San Juan Islands with people from all over the world from the seat of a kayak. It may all seem like fun and games, but we work hard to ensure you have the best San Juan Island kayak tour of your life.

We keep our trips to a limited number of guest. Small groups provide a superior experience with easy access to each guide to answer any questions. Traveling in a small groups has minimal impact and provides a safer environment for you and the wildlife.   

We believe you deserve the best so we provide the best equipment the industry offers. All of our kayaks are fiberglass providing a stable and comfortable platform for our kayak tours. We provide more equipment so you have to worry about less. Each tour includes dry bags, waterproof pants and tops. Join our multi-day kayak tours and you will be treated to the most outfitted kayak tour on San Juan Island. Form equipment to food, we provide more than any company.


Our staff is more like family so it is easy to speak proudly of them all. We strongly believe we offer the best kayak tours on San Juan Island. But it is nice to know what others have to say about us. Many of our guests use review sites such as YELP, TripAdvisor, and Google.

Top marks for an awesome tour operator

“I was very impressed with Discovery. We did their full-day tour, and had a wonderful time. Their guides are well trained, and very safety conscious. Also, we both found guide Kelly to have a deep knowledge of the flora, fauna, and history of the island. She added a lot to the enjoyment our kayaking experience. I highly recommend taking one of their trips.”

Brunce (TripAdvisor)

“Went out yesterday for a half day trip with Kelly as our guide. She is super fun and EXTREMELY knowledgeable about kayaking, the islands, and the wildlife. She made our trip great! We say whales, seals, eagles and jelly fish. This company takes small groups so the trips are much more fun than the other companies in the area. Thanks Kelly!”

Bre (YELP)

“It’s my second time kayaking with Discovery Sea Kayaks, and I enjoyed it on both occasions. The guide (forgot her name) was super knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend their tours to any nature lovers out there.”

Miri (Google Reviews)

Professional Guides

We strongly believe one of the most important aspects of any kayak tour is your kayak guide. Sea kayak guides that join the Discovery team have a lot of work ahead of them before they can lead tours. We have developed a rigorous in-house kayak training program that pushes each individual to reach their goals as a leader and kayaker. Those who take to the lifestyle and eager to increase their kayaking skills are sent to professional training classes and symposiums.

Our staff members are excellent naturalist with a wide array of knowledge of local wildlife and history. New guides take part in our wildlife and history classes and attend local lectures to increase their knowledge of the area. All guides are certified through the Whale Museum to operate kayak tours in the Orca Whale Recovery Zone along the west side of San Juan Island. We are proud to be stewards of the San Juan’s and share our knowledge to help preserve the island history and natural areas.