Kayak San Juan Island in search of orcas and wildlife
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Join Us in September for a kayak tour of San Juan Island.
San Juan Island kayaking tours from San Juan County Park to Lime Kiln State Park puts us in the middle of the best wildlife encounter zone on San Juan Island. The full day San Juan kayaking route has a long history for some of the best whale encounters on San Juan Island. Bald Eagles nest along the shore and sea stars cling to the rocks at the water’s edge. Enjoy some of the best views of the San Juan Island from a kayak.
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Every day is different when you are on the water. From weather to wildlife encounters, each kayak tour is different. This only adds to the allure and wonder of the outdoors. With various wildlife to encounter from sea to shore to sky and amazing views across the water to the Olympic Mountains, you will have the best kayak experience offered on San Juan Island.
Our small groups and limited daily launches help preserve the beaches we access along the way. With increased traffic over the years, some of the beaches we visit are starting to show signs of impact. As positive stewards of the island, we feel it is our responsibility to protect our beach resources.
All of us here at Discovery dedicate our time and effort to becoming expert educators and stewards on San Juan Island.
Went for the full day kayaking option. I went as a single and there were four other people along that day. Great guide, great outing. Highly recommend!
Route & Itinerary
The Full Day Kayak Tour route is selected specifically for wildlife diversity and whale encounters. The west side of San Juan Island has been identified as the most important feeding area for the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The west side of San Juan Island is a federally designated habitat for southern resident killer whales.
Travel along the steep bluffs by the Lime Kiln State Park Lighthouse and glide past numerous historic sites. Relax on a pebble beach during our lunch break and soak in the surroundings with stunning views of the Olympics Mountains and Vancouver Island.
Check-in: 10:45 AM at our shop, 260 Spring St. Friday Harbor, Wa.
Depart Shop: 11:00 AM | Scenic drive along the west side to San Juan County Park.
Kayak Orientation: Learn the paddling techniques and safety procedures. Team carry kayaks to the beach.
Time to get on the water. Traveling for 1.5 to 2 hours we arrive at our lunch beach.
Following lunch, we are back on the water for the remainder of the paddle time.
Arrive back to San Juan County Park approx. 4:30 PM
Arrive back in town 5:00 PM
Please note this itinerary is a rough outline of the day’s travel. We can encounter delays that will affect our departure and arrival time back at the shop.
Wildlife & Weather
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.
Seals and Sea Lions: 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 Island 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.
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
San Juan Island
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.
Take a sneak peak at what your next adventure could look like! Watch our video to find out more about what sets us a step above the rest when it comes to providing quality sea kayak tours in the San Juan Islands.