Sea Kayaking Tours of the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are a small chain of islands in the Salish Sea best known for being a world renowned kayak tour destination in Washington State. With literally hundreds of small rocks and islands with narrow waterways, the currents give rise to a wealth of sea life. With miles of shoreline to explore, kayaking the San Juan Islands is a unique and adventurous vacation destination.

San Juan Island sea kayaking tours from Friday Harbor Washington provide visitors from all over the world the opportunity to connect with nature. Explore the rocky shoreline with a naturalist kayak guides and learn about the region’s wildlife. Harbor seal inhabit all areas of the islands, while bald eagle nests can be encountered every 2 miles of shoreline. As the tide recedes many intertidal invertebrates come in to view. Traveling by kayak provides an excellent platform for adventure and education.


Wildlife and Killer Whales of San Juan Island

The most iconic marine animal of the Pacific Northwest is the Orca Whale (Killer Whale). The San Juan Islands are in the heart of the foraging range for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population and Transient Killer Whales. Resident Killer Whales travel close to the shoreline along our kayak routes in search of salmon. The unique features of the San Juan Island shoreline on our kayaking tour routes provide the best opportunity to encounter wild Orca Whales.

Our sea kayak tours are designed to provide a personal experience. We offer the smallest groups sizes on San Juan Island with no more than 8 guests with an average of 4 guests per kayaking tour. All of our staff are specially selected after completing the most comprehensive kayak training program on San Juan Island. As educators, our guides provide the most updated information about the island’s wildlife and history.

During the summer months, our San Juan kayak tours can fill quickly. Please call or reserve online in advance to secure spaces on our sea kayak tours. Below you can navigate through all the San Juan Islands kayaking tours we offer.

We operate Spring, Summer, and Fall. We hope to see you on one of our San Juan kayak adventures.

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Half Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour

Book Your Tour! Our Half Day Kayak Tour is one of our most popular San Juan Island Kayak Tour options to the best whale watching destination in the United States. We offer more departure times and kayak tours to the west side of San Juan Island than any company on San Juan Island. Daily Departures … Continued

Full Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour

Book Your Tour! Our Full Day Kayak Tours provide the opportunity to spend the day in the orca sanctuary located on the west side of San Juan Island. The full day kayak tour departs daily at 11 AM. We limit our full day kayak tour to one departure a day. Our small groups and limited … Continued

Sunset Kayak Tour

Book Your Tour! Sunset Kayak Tours are a photographer’s dream and one of the best San Juan Island Kayaking Tours. Departing from the west side of San Juan Island, the best place to see orca whales, and to see the sunset. With views of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains, it is truly picturesque. Departure times vary based … Continued

Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

Book Your Tour! The Bioluminescence Kayak Tours offer guests the opportunity to experience one of nature’s amazing light shows. The San Juan Islands of Washington State have good tidal exchanges that yield highly nutrient rich bodies of water, creating an environment with a wide diversity of microorganisms. Some of which are bioluminescent, create their own … Continued

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San Juan Island Kayak and Camping Tours

A Multi-Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour is truly the ultimate island experience. These pacific northwest gems are widely known to offer some of the best sea kayaking on the west coast. We offer 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day overnight tours so guests can select the best option for the amount of time they have. Each … Continued

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Custom and Private Kayak Tours San Juan Island

Private Kayak Tours. San Juan Island is one of the best sea kayak touring destinations in the United States. San Juan offers one of the best opportunities to kayak with killer whales. Whale watching on San Juan Island is one of the primary vacation activities. We recognize there are some that would prefer to reserve … Continued

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Griffin Bay Half Day Kayak Tour

Please Call To Reserve We will schedule a family kayak tour to Griffin Bay based on staff availability. Tucked into the east side of San Juan Island, just outside of Friday Harbor, Griffin Bay is the perfect destination for calm water kayaking. Here, paddlers are exposed to scenic views across San Juan Channel, as well … Continued

Mothership Tour

San Juan Island Mothership Kayak Tour Discovery Sea Kayaks is excited to offer this new and unique San Juan Island adventure.  The San Juan Islands have always been considered a world class sea kayak destination.  Combined with the excitement of sailing and you have everything you could ever want from an adventure vacation to the … Continued