Sunset Kayak Tour

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September Specials! Group Discounts

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 on time of sunset.

The tour stays out for the actual sunset. The colors of the sky are the best right after the sun drops behind the Canadian Gulf Islands. We are the latest tour on the water from San Juan County Park.

We operate the smallest group kayak tour on San Juan Island. We believe small groups provide a superior experience.

We are the only group that stays on the water for sunset. We launch our sunset tour from the west side of San Juan Island. As the sun sets to the west of our paddling route, we remain on the water until the sun as dips below the horizon. 



 $87 per person plus tax and fees.

Discounts (Only one discount applies to a reservation)

  • If you have a reservation with Western Prince Whale Watching save 10% | Promo Code WESTERN10
  • If you have a reservation with Zip San Juan save 10% | Promo Code ZIP10

Please present reservation confirmation for Western Prince and Zip San Juan at check-in for discounts.TripAdvisor 2017 Award Logo

Amazing Sunset Tour!

My best friend and I were treated to a phenomenal sunset tour by Rick B. He gave us a thorough narrative of the area’s history and was overall a pleasure to paddle with. Highly recommend!




Our route travels within the heart of orca whale habitat best known for whale watching on San JuanSan Juan Island Kayaingk Tour Routes Island. The west shore of San Juan is the perfect sunset destination. As the sunset sets the rich colors are cast across steep bluffs and the Pacific Madrone trees seem to glow with rich colors of red. Traveling down to the Lime Kiln Lighthouse enjoy the calm of the early evening with less boat traffic. 


  • Check-in: 15 minutes before reserved departure time at our shop, 260 Spring St.
  • Shop Departures: Variable departure times.
  • 20-minute shuttle ride to San Juan County Park
  • Kayak instruction, Restroom Break, Launch Kayaks
  • Arrival Back in Friday Harbor: 30 to 45 minutes past sunset.

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

Tour Duration: Door to Door 3.5 to 4 Hours

Kayak Mileage: 5 Miles

Activity Level: Average (No Experience Required)

Age Requirement: Minimum Age 12 Years Old

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

Sunset Tour HighlightsSunset kayaking San Juan Island.

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 that can be seen throughout the year.
  • Humpback Whales: Becoming more common to the area as they migrate between winter and summer habitats.
  • Less kayak and boat traffic.
  • Perfect for photographers.

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

SMALL GROUPSGroup of kayaker at sunset.

Tours are limited to 8 guests, the smallest groups sizes 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.


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.


Early Season: Spring weather on San Juan is typically cool with daytime temperatures ranging from the low 50’s F to Floating in kayaks watching the sunset. 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 through 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.



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


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


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

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Rates & Departures

Price: $87 Per Person

Duration: 3.5 - 4 Hours

Departure times vary. Please click the Book Now button to see calendar with departure times

Cancellation Policy


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