San Juan Island Full Day Kayak Tour

Exceptional Kayaking Experience

More Time, More Beauty, and More Wildlife

Price: $139 M-Thr / Person
Weekend Price: $155 F-Sun / Person

Spend the day with Discovery Sea Kayaks paddling the most iconic wildlife route from San Juan Island. With the entirety of the time spent along the west side of San Juan, best known for encountering Whales, Seals, Eagles, and a variety of other marine wildlife.

Along the way, we make a beach stop for lunch and restroom breaks. You can also take a short hike to the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. 

The Full Day Kayak Tour allows for more time exploring the west side than our other kayaking tours and maximizes wildlife viewing opportunities.

Our Full Day Kayak Tours are popular for our small group sizes that provide a more personal experience and our selected paddle route that provides stunning views and wildlife encounters.

Group Size

The maximum group size on our Full Day Kayak Tour is 8 guests to 1 guide. Traveling in a small group you will have complete access to your guide to ask questions and learn about the area. Each kayak tour has a custom-tailored feel providing you with the best experience.

Is the date you want sold out or not listed? Complete the Kayak Tour Request Form and we will get back to you if we are able to accommodate your request.

Save 10% on Half Day Kayak Tours and Full Day Kayak Tours when reserving a group of 4 or more guests. Promo Code: Group10. (if a reservation does not meet the minimum of 4 guests for the promotion the remaining balance will automatically be charged)

We Provide

  • Kayaking Instruction
  • Wa State Certified Kayak Guide
  • Waterproof Pants and Jackets
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Dry Bag
  • Transportation to and from the launch location

You Provide

  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Layers
  • Sandals or Water Shoes that can get wet
  • Gratuity for Guides (greatly appreciated)
Price:$139 M-Thr / Person
Weekend Price:$155 F-Sun / Person
Style:Day of Adventure and Exploring
Location:West Side San Juan
Duration:Total 6H|Water 4.5H
Depart:10:30 AM
Our Shop
Restriction:Age: 12 yrs minimum Weight: Max 250 lbs

Tour Dates

Daily April - September
Small Groups - Smallest on the Island
Great Equipment - Fiberglass Kayaks
Highly Trained Sea Kayak Guides

San Juan Island Full Day Kayak Tour Testimonial

We had an amazing morning trip with Discovery Sea Kayaks. The gear was high quality and in great condition. The guide was knowledgeable, professional, and very personable. As someone who has sea kayaked many times before, I was very impressed with this outfitter. I strongly recommend this company to first-timers or experienced paddlers!

Kimberly (TripAdvisor)

Route & Itinerary

The Full Day Kayak Tour routes are set to maximize the opportunity to encounter diverse wildlife. The west side route has the best potential for whale encounters. Note, we do not encounter whales every day, but our routes offer the best potential on San Juan Island.

The West Side Route

The West Side route has a lot of history with whale encounters. Over the many years we have been leading kayak tours, the west side has been the best location to encounter wildlife, more specifically, Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Along the route, we will pass the iconic Lime Kiln Lighthouse and get expansive views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges.

Please note this itinerary is a rough outline of the day’s travel. We can encounter delays affecting our departure and arrival time back at the shop.

  • Check-in (Our Shop): 10:15 AM at our shop, 260 Spring St. Friday Harbor, Wa.
  • Departure (Our Shop): 10:30 AM
  • Beach Arrival (San Juan Co. Park): Restroom Break, Safety and Kayak Education, Organize kayaks on the beach
  • On the Water: Explore the coast looking for whales. wildlife, and take in the beauty of San Juan
  • Lunch Break: Take a break for lunch. Lounge on the beach or take a walk to the lighthouse.
  • Back on the Water: After lunch, continue to explore the waters as we slowly make our way back to San Juan Co. Park
  • Back at the Beach: Organize equipment, load kayaks, and head to town
  • End of the Tour: We plan to arrive at the office around 4:30 PM. Share pictures and say good bye’s
  • Trips may experience delays due to orca whale encounters. Because of regulations in place to protect our local orca whales, our movements can be restricted when whales are in the area. Please keep in mind this can affect our return time back to town. We will always do our best to get everyone back on time.

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

Tour Preparation
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.