Full Day Kayak Tour

KAYAK TOUR OVERVIEW

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The Full Day Kayak Tour is where it al began. Spending the day on the water is one of the best ways to experience kayaking San Juan Island. The Full Day offers the most time in prime whale watching territory. With more time we are able to travel at a comfortable pace along the west side of the island. Learn about wildlife and island history from our professional naturalist kayak guides. The lunch stop offers a restroom break and an optional short hike to the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. After lunch its back to the water for more kayaking and exploring.


RATES

DAILY DEPARTURES

  • $107 per person plus tax. Includes all San Juan Park launch fees

Discounts (Only one discount applies to a reservation)TripAdvisor

Please present reservation confirmation for Western Prince and Zip San Juan at check-in for discounts.


KAYAK ROUTE AND ITINERARY

ROUTE

The Full Day Kayak Tour route is selected specifically for wildlife diversity and whale encounters. The west side of San Juan Island has been defined as the most important feeding area for the Southern Resident Killer Whales. We will travel along steep bluffs and pass by Lime Kiln State Park, know as one of the best spots in the US to see orca whales. Enjoy some of the best views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island.

ITINERARY

  • Check-in: 10:45 AM at our shop, 260 Spring St.
  • Depart Shop: 11:00 AM
  • 20-minute shuttle ride to San Juan County Park
  • Kayak instruction, Restroom Break, Launch Kayaks
  • Lunch stop (30-45 minutes) approximately 2 hours into the paddle.
  • Launch kayaks after lunch for more kayaking
  • Back to San Juan County Park around 4:30 PM
  • Arrive back in town 5:00 PM

Please note the itinerary is a rough outline out the day’s travel. We can encounter delays that will effect our departure time and arrival back at the shop.

Tour Duration: Door to Door 6 Hours

Kayak Mileage:  6 – 8 Miles

Activity Level: Average (No Experience Required)

Age Requirement: Minimum Age 12 Years Old

Weight Limit: 250 Pounds (please call if you have concerns)


Wildlife HighlightsKayaking with whales

San Juan Island is home to a wide variety of amazing wildlife.

  • Southern Resident Killer Whales: Salmon eating whales commonly seen June through mid-October.
  • Transient Killer Whales: Marine mammal-eating whales may be seen throughout the year.
  • Baleen Whales: Humpback Whales and Minke Whales
  • Porpoise: Harbor and Dalls porpoise are encounter year round.
  • Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions and Stellar Sea Lions
  • River Otters: More elusive but seen any time of year. Most sightings are early morning or late afternoon.
  • Bald Eagles: San Juan host a health population of Bald Eagles with many nesting sites.

Every day is different and we can encounter other species of whales, seals, porpoise and birds not listed above.


SMALL GROUPSKayak San Juan

Tours are limited to 8 guests, the smallest groups size’s on the island. This provides unlimited access to the guide for answering questions and taking care of any instructional needs while on the water. Smaller groups allow us to get on the water quicker, spending less time at the beach handing out equipment, as compared to large groups commonly seen on San Juan Island. We also have far less impact on beaches and shoreline habitat we visit. From safety to your overall experience, small groups are the best way to travel.

WHATS PROVIDED

Professional Sea Kayak Guide instruction and naturalist education. Fiberglass two person kayaks, selected for their comfort and stability. From novice paddlers with no experience to seasoned veteran paddlers, tandem kayaks offer the perfect platform for kayak touring San Juan Island. 

All guest are provided with a complementary dry bag for the kayak tour. We also provide Waterproof Jackets and Pants at no extra cost.


WEATHER

Early Season: Spring weather on San Juan is typically cool with day time temperatures ranging from the low 50’s F to the mid 60’s F. Expect partly cloudy skies with light breezes to windy conditions. Chance of precipitation is greater in the 11722120_10100424170480788_6183871357688350450_oSpring season but rain is usually light. Weather conditions can change rapidly and we keep all reserved guests up to date on the latest forecast.

Summer Season: San Juan Island can have some of the most pleasant summer weather. With half the annual rainfall of the Seattle area, San Juan is typically dry all summer. Temperatures range from upper 60’s F to the mid 80’s F. Skies are usually blue and clear, great for evening star gazing. Winds are more predictable during the summer, light most days with calm seas. There are occasional offshore systems that push strong winds trough the islands.

Late Season: Fall can be one of the best times to visit San Juan. The days become cooler, ranging from the low 50’s F to the mid 60’s F. Winds can be light to moderate depending on the current weather systems. Early fall is typically dry with light rain developing around late October.  This is one of our favorite times of the year.


GEAR LIST

PROVIDED BY DISCOVERY SEA KAYAKS

  • Sea Kayak Guide and Naturalist
  • Tandem Kayaks and Paddles
  • Life Vest (PFD) and Spray Skirts
  • Dry Bags (Seal Line 10L)
  • Waterproof Jacket and Pants

RECOMMENDED

  • Water Shoes (Limited sizes available for rent)
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch and Snack
  • Non-Cotton Clothing
  • Short and Long Sleeve Top
  • Quick Dry Pants
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Beanie (Spring and Fall Season)

OPTIONAL

  • Paddling Gloves
  • Camera with fitted waterproof case (available for sale at our shop)
  • Binoculars
  • Seat Cushion

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Price: $107/person (+tax and fees)

Duration: 6 hours

DEPARTURE: 11AM

DEPOSIT FOR RESERVATIONS, BALANCE DUE DAY OF TOUR.

If the preferred date is Booked Out on the Calendar Please Call.

Cancellation Policy

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