Half Day Friday Harbor Kayak Tours

Paddle the Calm Waters of Friday Harbor

The Friday Harbor half-day tour takes advantage of Discovery Sea Kayak’s marina dock space, just a short walk from our main storefront. With a launch site only two blocks away, this tour minimizes transportation time and maximizes water time. By beginning in the harbor, paddlers will have the opportunity to learn about Friday Harbor’s colorful past, as well as take advantage of the protected waters to get accustomed to the kayaks. From the marina, this tour may take several routes depending on currents and conditions. The northbound route meanders along the wild shoreline north of Friday Harbor. As University property, most of this area has been left in its natural state without any trace of housing or development. The southbound route travels past, and ultimately circumnavigates, Brown Island. Kayakers taking this route will have the chance to see nearby Turn Island and encounter many of the harbor seals that frequent the area.

Both Friday Harbor half day tours are designed to travel in part of San Juan Channel, an area well-known for Transient (Bigg’s) Killer Whale encounters. As marine mammal-eaters, these groups of Orcas have been seen in the San Juans with increasing frequency over the past several years. Other potential wildlife encounters include porpoise, harbor seals, sea lions, humpback whales, minke whales, bald eagles, and more!

Price: $87/Person
Style: Great for Families
Location: Port of Friday Harbor
Duration: 3 Hours
Depart: 9:00am 1:00pm Our Shop
Activity: No Experience Required
Restriction: 250 Pounds Max / Children 50 Pounds Minimum

We Provide

  • Kayaking Instruction and Professional Guide
  • Waterproof Pants and Jacket
  • Kayaking Gear
  • Dry Bag

You Provide

  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Layers
  • Sandals or Water Shoes that can get wet
  • Gratuity for Guides (greatly appreciated)

Half Day Friday Harbor Kayak Tours Testimonial

This tour was absolutely amazing! One of the best things I’ve done!! We did the half day tour, with Chad as our tour guide. He was SO awesome! We saw SO many Orcas, seals, jellyfish…. You name it, we saw it! I highly recommend this tour for everyone.

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Route & Itinerary

The Friday Harbor Half Day Kayak Tour is perfect for families or those looking to paddle in more protected waters.

Departing from the Friday Harbor Port, the Half Day Tour explores the historic Port and rocky shorelines.

Meet at our shop and walk to the Port with your kayak guide. Once at the dock your guide will cover basic kayaking instructions and prepare the kayaks for the tour. On the water enjoy views across San Juan Channel, encounter harbor seals, and bald eagles.

  • Check-in: 15 minutes before reserved departure time at our shop, 260 Spring St.
  • Walk to the Harbor with your guide.
  • Kayak Instruction, Restroom Break, Launch Kayaks

Half Day Kayak Tour Schedule of departure and arrival times

Wildlife & Weather

Wildlife

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: Fairly Common in these areas.
  • River Otters: More elusive but seen any time of year. Most sightings are early morning or late afternoon.
  • Bald Eagles: San Juan hosts a healthy 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.

Weather

Early Season: Spring weather on San Juan is typically cool with daytime temperatures ranging from the low 50’s F to the mid 60’s F. Expect partly cloudy skies with light breezes to windy conditions.

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.

Late Season: Fall can be one of the best times to visit San Juan Island. 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.

More Tour Related Info

Tour Preparation
FAQ's
San Juan Island
Whale Guidelines

Sea Kayaking Tours of the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are a small chain of islands in the Salish Sea. The area is a world renowned kayak tour destination in Washington State.