Book Your Tour! If you are looking for a date in September and have a group of 4 or more please contact us about setting up a tour for the dates you want. Our two-day kayaking tours are a great way to explore the islands if you are traveling to the San Juan Island with … Continued
Three Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour
Join Us for a San Juan Island Kayak Adventure
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If you are looking for a date in September and have a group of 4 or more please contact us about setting up a tour for the dates you want.
Our Three Day San Juan Island Kayak Tour is perfect for those wanting to spend some extra time exploring the San Juan Islands. This is our most popular multi-day kayaking tour. Three days offers the perfect amount of time to explore various islands and spend time in prime whale watching territory. We design each route to travel along important orca whale feeding areas and maximize our time in some of the most stunning regions of the islands.
Each evening we will have the opportunity to either view amazing sunsets from camp or hike to one of the most unbelievable viewpoints for sunset. After sunset, if the conditions are right, guides will provide the opportunity to do a night paddle in search of bioluminescent plankton.
WILL I SEE WHALES?
The magic question we get every season. The San Juan Islands are well known for the chance to see orcas in the wild and we do kayak with the whales every season. The best months for orca encounters are June, July, and August. Our shoulder season months, April through May and September through October are still great months to kayak with only a slightly less chance of seeing whales. But yes, we do see whales frequently during the high seasons.
The San Juan Islands are a very small area and the regions we paddle are the same areas as the other companies located on San Juan Island. Therefore, all companies have the same potential to encounter orca whales. We highly recommend selecting a company based on other criteria such as group size, equipment provided and dedication to your kayak experience.
One the many reasons to choose our multi-day kayak adventures is the food. Guides develop custom menus for each kayak tour. Once you reserve a kayak tour with us we will send you a Food Profile form to complete. With this information, we will create the perfect meal plan. We utilize as many local ingredients as possible when preparing meals. If we are unable to harvest what we need from our organic garden we will shop at our local farmers market to find quality produce. Our staff will prepare each meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The campsites we utilized on the three-day kayak tour are all typically equipped with water, picnic tables, pit toilets, comfortable flat ground for pitching tents, and a variety of trails to explore. All of the island campsites are maintained by Washington State Parks. Camps do NOT have showers or electricity.
Each island we camp has its own charm and character. Jones Island offers some of the most beautiful campsites with amazing sunsets and great hiking. Stuart Island has tucked away campsites protected in a deep bay that provide great opportunities to see feeding Osprey as harbor seals patrol the area searching for fish. Enjoy a hike through the countryside to one of the best sunset spots in the San Juan Islands.
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.
Why Choose Discovery Sea Kayak For Your San Juan Island Kayak Tour
- We are not the cheapest kayak tour on the island but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
- Our Guides: We assure you, you will have to have one of the best-trained and knowledgeable guides on San Juan Island. Guides receive extensive kayak skills training and complete a rigorous study of local natural history and marine mammal biology.
- Small Groups: We operate with small groups to ensure the quality of each tour. No more than 8 guests per tour.
- The Equipment: We have you covered. Top of the line camping and kayaking equipment provided. To top it off we provide everything you need for camping included in the tour cost. No equipment rental fees!
- The Food: As mentioned earlier we custom design all menus for each tour. We source produce from our own garden and local farmers market.
- Route Selection: We travel routes that best showcase the San Juan Islands and provide excellent whale watching opportunities.
- No Hype: We believe in honesty and integrity. We will not spout statistic and guarantee whale sightings.
- Last but not least: Impeccable reputation on TripAdvisor and YELP
September 1-3 | 8-10 | 15-17 | Call for custom dates.
Please contact us if you are looking for a tour in September and the date is not listed above or if you are looking for a tour date in 2018.
Our tours are limited to 8 guests, the smallest groups size’s on the island, some companies operate with as many as 16 guests. 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.
- Guides 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
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