May 28th Departure Special: Call to Reserve. $350 per person. Why Choose Discovery Sea Kayak For Your San Juan Island Kayak Tour Quality Guides: You are assured to have one of the best-trained guides on San Juan Island. All guides complete our in-house kayak skills training. All guides take a class at the local Whale Museum … Continued
3 Day Explorer Kayaking Tour
Join us for the best kayak adventure on San Juan Island.
The 3 Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour are designed for travel. While Killer Whale sightings are not guaranteed on any tour, but segments of our routes are specifically designed to travel through well known Whale Watching territory. Our goal on these adventures is to visit less crowded and incredibly scenic parts of the islands. The channels between the islands are home to a host of wildlife; Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Dall’s and Harbor Porpoise. Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and Osprey.
We travel diverse regions of the island to give everyone the opportunity to experience the beauty of the San Juan Islands without restricting our travel. With three days on the water, you are sure to be amazed by the stunning scenery around every point.
Discovery kayak guides are highly skilled kayakers with strong naturalist and history backgrounds. Not only are kayak guides skilled on the water, they take care of you at camp. Guides prepare all meals in the field using fresh ingredients. No dehydrated dinners on our tours. Enjoy your guide’s culinary creations and signature dishes. Breakfast always starts with freshly brewed coffee and followed by the proper fuel to get your day started. Mid day Lunch will be prepared beach-side. Lunch break is a great time to stretch your legs, use the restroom and sit back to take in the island beauty. Dinners are always a highlight of the day. Relax as your guides put together a wonderful meal paired with a little wine to end the day.
Camping areas are well maintained and provide a wonderful camping experience. Most camps will have potable water, pit/composting toilets, picnic tables and nice flat areas to set tents for a good night’s rest. Activities on the islands range from light hikes, lounging on the shoreline watching sunsets to late night star gazing. When conditions are good, night time Bioluminescence Kayaking is a special evening treat. If you are looking to combine whale watching, kayaking and camping into your vacation this is the perfect San Juan Kayak Tour.
- $599 per person. Includes all San Juan Park launch fees and Camping Fees.
April 7-9 | 21-23 | 28-30
May 5-7 | 12-14 | 19-21| 26-28
June 2-4 | 9-10 | 16-18 | 23-25 | 30-July 2
July 7-9 | 11-13 | 14-16 | 18-20 | 21-23 | 25-27 | 28-80
August 1-3 | 4-6 | 8-10 | 11-13 | 15-17 | 18-20 | 22-24 | 25-27 | 29-31
September 1-3 | 8-10 | 15-17
Please contact us if your travel dates do not fall within the dates above.
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. Traveling with a small group is far better while camping. This allows us to use campsites where larger groups cannot. We also have far less impact on beaches, shoreline habitat, and campsites. From safety to your overall experience, small groups are the best way to kayak San Juan Island.
See gear list for more details
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.
We provide everything you will need for camping from sleeping bags to tents. We select gear from the industries top brands. All camping equipment will clean and in excellent condition.
All meals are provided; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Guides prepare meals from fresh foods that are healthy and hearty. Evening meals are accompanied with red or white wine. Every trip has a custom designed meal plan based on guests questionnaire sent out with confirmation packet.
KAYAK ROUTE AND ITINERARY
Unlike most companies on San Juan Island, we have such experienced staff they create route plans for each tour. Guides will factor in wind, tides, and currents to determine the safest and best route. Balancing factors that will provide the best camping and whale watching opportunities. We have the most experience with proper trip planning on San Juan Island. This gives us an edge on getting to the best camping areas and knowing the easier routes with strong currents and windy days. Our routes provide more travel and exposure to the San Juan Islands.
- Check-in Time: 7:15 AM
- Location: Discovery Sea Kayaks shop, 260 Spring St. Friday Harbor, Washington.
- Pack Dry Bags (if dry bags were not picked up the night before)
- Meet and Greet with kayak guide and guests.
- Guide will cover trip and travel plan.
- Depart for launch location
Once at the beach, you guide will instruct you on proper packing and kayaking techniques. There will be a time for a restroom break just before launching. The rest of the day will be on the water kayaking to the first night camping location. Lunch break will take place mid-day. Dinner will be prepared early evening prior to or after a short hike. Before everyone slips aways to their tents you guide will cover the next day’s plan.
The second day of the tour is the most flexible day of the tour. We tend to travel to another campsite on day two but base camping is an option, this will be covered during the shop meet and greet on day one. The day starts with fresh coffee and breakfast. Soon after breakfast, it will be time to break camp and off for another day or kayak exploration of the San Juan Islands. Once at camp and kayaks are unloaded its time to relax. Dinner will be prepared early evening and you guide will cover the finals days trip plan.
The third and final day of the kayak tour, time to head back the San Juan. The morning will start with fresh coffee and breakfast. Following breakfast its time to break camp and pack kayaks. Once on the water, the group travels back toward San Juan Island with a short break and then lunch. At the final beach location, everyone will unpack kayaks and load up for town. We arrive back in downtown Friday Harbor no later than 2:30 PM.
Please note the itinerary is a rough outline of travel. We can encounter delays that will affect our departure time and arrival back at the shop. Each day may be altered at the guides discretion.
Tour Duration: 3 Days
Kayak Mileage: Approximately 12 miles per day.
Activity Level: Average to Moderate (No Experience Required)
Age Requirement: Reserving with participants under 16 years old please CALL for RESERVATION.
Weight Limit: 250 Pounds (please call if you have concerns)
Early Season: Spring weather on San Juan is typically cool with day 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 Spring 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.
Properly packing for your multi-day kayak adventure can make a difference in your comfort level. When selecting items to pack try to avoid overly bulky items. Think in terms of layers that you can easily interchange to be comfortable. We recommend avoiding any cotton clothing and think of pack wool or synthetic garments. Wool will help maintain warmth even if wet and synthetic garments are quick drying. Examples of synthetic clothing are fleece and polypropylene.
PROVIDED BY DISCOVERY SEA KAYAKS
- Sea Kayak Guide and Naturalist
- Tandem Kayaks and Paddles
- Life Vest (PFD) and Spray Skirts
- 1 10L Dry Bag and 1 20L Dry Bag
- Waterproof Jacket and Pants (for paddling)
- Tents (MSR 3 person tent for 2 guests)
- Marmot Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Bag Liner
- Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad and Pillow
- All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
- Plates, Bowls, and Utensils
We provide the most equipment so you can travel with less.
- Water Shoes (Limited sizes available for rent)
- Non-Cotton Clothing
- 2 Short and 2 Long Sleeve Top
- Base Layers (Long Underwear)
- Quick Dry Pants
- Shorts (Summer Season)
- Hat and Beanie
- Rain Jacket and Pants (for camp)
- Light Fleece Gloves (Spring and Fall)
- Fleece Jacket and Pants (Spring and Fall)
- 2 Pair Wool Socks
- Light Hiking Shoe
- Water Bottle
- Extra Snacks
- Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Chap Stick
- Small Pack Towel
- Head Lamp
- Medications, Contact Lenses, Glasses
- Bug Repellant
- Travel Games
- Kayak Gloves
- Sports Drink Mix
5 Day Kayak Tours are designed for those looking to travel more miles and camp in areas otherwise unreachable during our 3 Day Kayak Tours. Our 5-Day Island Explorer Deluxe Tour is for the truly adventurous! With 5 days to explore the islands, we have the freedom to kayak each day or set a base … Continued