Kayaking has enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years, as more and more people look to commune
with nature in unique and experiential ways. The San Juan Islands provide a home for this experience
like none other. Not only are the San Juan Islands one of the most sought after spots for world class
kayaking, but are also considered the best spot in the world to view killer whales, as the salmon run
brings them up the coast of Washington every year.
At Discovery Sea Kayaks, our aim is to provide the best kayaking experience anywhere on the San Juan
Islands. We do this by having a variety of tours, limiting our tour size, increasing your chances of seeing
wildlife, and offering you the most professional guides available.
Our most wildly popular route is the half-day kayak tour. It was designed for people who want the same
amazing experience as our full day trip, but who want more time in the day to explore the beauty of San
Juan Island. The half day kayak tour takes a route on the west side of the island which borders a
designated killer whale habitat, ensuring the highest chances of a sighting for each outing.
Some companies will toss you in a group of 20+ riders. At Discovery Sea Kayaks, our tours are limited to
8 riders. This is because we strive to create lasting memories and real connections to both our riders and
to nature. If you are taking half the day to be with us, you deserve a personalized experience. We also
believe that by reducing the number of people we put in the water, we reduce the impact to our
surroundings. If there was no nature around to appreciate, we wouldn’t have a tour to take you on at
We pride ourselves on having the best staff on the island. Our professionally trained kayak guides are
hand selected professionals who want to help you create lasting memories. Each guide is also a trained
marine naturalist who knows how to properly interact with wildlife. They also know where to find it –
which is a big plus.
If you are a proficient kayaker, have your own equipment and simply want the added benefit of a pro
around who knows the waters, come on in! And if you can’t tell a kayak from a bobsled? Not a problem.
We welcome all who are in good health to kayak. Our tours are for riders of all skill levels, and all the
equipment you need is provided. Our double kayaks give you the chance to share the experience with a
loved one- and of course get the added bonus of having two paddlers. After a short safety briefing and
equipment check, you are gliding across the water into a dream.
We will not say that we at Discovery Sea Kayaks offer the best tour on San Juan Island, because that is
for you to decide. What we will say is that we strive to offer an amazing and personalized kayaking
experience to every rider, every time. If you are on San Juan Islands and want a kayaking experience like
no other, give us a call.