San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking Tours & Rentals
Kayaking the San Juan Islands since 1980!
Kayak the San Juan Islands of Washington State with the area’s original sea kayaking outfitter! We are the most experienced kayak company in the San Juans, yet the smallest. We specialize in personal service, quality gear and fun, experienced guides. Sea kayak with orca(killer)whales, porpoise, sea lions, harbor seals, otters, bald eagles and more! Please join us for our 36th season!
~ Established in 1980, we just keep getting better each year!
~ Kayak with orca whales!
~ Spend time with knowledgeable, fun and friendly guides !
~ Paddle quality equipment
~ Go sea kayak sailing!
~ Savor fresh, healthful cuisine!
~ Choose from a wide variety of guided and self-guided, affordable adventures!
~ Your adventure begins at our outdoor Sea Kayak Center kiosk on the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor!
“My wife and I took a full-day kayak tour with Rob last July. We’re the ones who used a gift certificate that you donated to a school in Spokane. We wanted to let you know what a memorable experience that was, and how much we appreciate you generosity. Rob did an excellent job as our guide. He was professional, knowledgeable, patient and had a sense of humor. I have spent many years in the San Juans, but that was my first experience kayaking. It gave me a new perspective being so close to the water. Thank you Tim and Rob!”
Matt and Susan
Sea Kayaking Adventures We Offer……
|Whales Ho! Half-Day Tour||Whales Ho! Full-Day Tour|
|This four-hour tour packs a lot of adventure into a short time! Launching from San Juan County Park into our Federally designated orca Whale Sanctuary on the west side of San Juan Island, we spend a few hours paddling pristine coastline and enjoying spectacular views of the Olympic Mountain range and Vancouver Island, Canada. Besides orca (killer) whales, we also keep our eyes peeled for humpback whales, minke whales, Dall’s and harbor porpoise, river otters, harbor seals, and Stellar sea lions. These trips depart once a day in spring and twice daily in peak season so reserve your spots now! Learn more….||Kayak with orca whales on our six-hour Whales-Ho! Kayak Tour. Enjoy a scenic drive to Smallpox Bay on San Juan Island’s west side and launch with us into prime whale habitat. Our experience of 35 years and a six-hour tour increase your odds of encountering killer whales! A scrumptious lunch is included! If time (and whales) permit, we will take a spectacular walk along a coastal trail with scenic, elevated views of Haro Strait, the Olympic Mountain Range and Vancouver Island! This tour leaves daily at 10:30 AM from May through September! Learn more….|
|Griffin Bay 3-Hour Tour||Griffin Bay Full-Day Tour|
|If your time is limited, a leisurely exploration of the coastline and islands dotting serene Griffin Bay is the perfect island adventure for you. Just a mile south of Friday Harbor but seemingly in a different world, Griffin Bay offers protected waters, bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoise and stunning views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains. These trips depart once a day in spring and twice daily in peak season and fill very fast, so make your reservation now. Learn more……||Let’s explore Griffin Bay and American Camp National Park by kayak and foot! This trip offers a chance to see plenty of wildlife for the fit and adventurous in a quiet bay just a short drive from Friday Harbor. We supply you with a seasoned guide, delicious lunches and state-of-the-art, fiberglass sea kayaks. Bring your cameras and binoculars to observe sea lions, seals, porpoise, fox and bald eagles. These kayak trips depart every morning from April 15 to October 5. Learn more…...|
|Griffin Bay Sunset Tour||Whale Sanctuary Two-Day Overnighter|
|No need for the drive to the west side, when you can enjoy the last light of day in a picturesque bay just minutes from Friday Harbor, yet seemingly, a world apart. Our sunset tour will give you the chance to drift with harbor seals while you watch the sun go down. These kayaking tours depart daily in the late afternoon/early evening from April 17 to October 4. What a great way to end your day in the San Juans! Learn more…..||The primary goal of our Whale Sanctuary two-day tour is to paddle with orca whales in the wild! It is a mellow, two day/one night trip that explores prime orca whale habitat and is a bit more laid back than our Orca Quest expedition. We will camp on a cozy island reserved just for San Juan Kayak Expeditions and perched on the edge of whale country. Learn more…..|
|Two-Day Overnighter – Orca Quest||Three-Day Coastal Explorer|
|This two-day overnighter is for the more adventurous, as it covers more miles and explores more islands than our Whale Sanctuary tour. It spends its’ final afternoon traversing orca travel routes on Henry Islands’ west side. The rewards are worth the effort, as we explore ever-changing coastlines and wildlife habitat! Learn more…..||Experience all of the scenic wonders and wildlife the San Juans have to offer on our most popular trip! We’ll start from San Juan Islands’ southeast side and steer north and west through whale country exploring the remote coves and beaches of San Juan, Shaw and the Wasp Islands! We’ll keep constant watch for orca whales, sea lions and porpoise. Rugged coastline and an abundance of wildlife highlight this trip! Learn more…..|
|Four-Day Islands Adventurer||The “Ultimate” Five-Day|
|This trip is for the true adventurer and is an ideal expedition for kayaking with orca whales, stellar sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, otters and other marine mammals and to observe the varied flora and fauna of the San Juan Islands. This trip spends it’s last evening camped on a small jewel of an island in orca habitat and a stone’s throw from the Canadian border! Learn more…..||The name says it all! We have been leading quality sea kayaking adventures here for 35 years, and this one takes you to as many of our secret spots as five days allows. Remote campsites, scenic vistas, wild coastlines and the chance to see every critter that lives in these parts (from whales to snails) are all a part of the package! This trip is for fit, adventurous people willing to accept a challenge. You must be active, muscle-toned and ready for excitement. Are you ready for the “Ultimate?” Learn more…..|
|Custom Tours||Kayak Rentals|
|We are experienced professionals in arranging guided sea kayaking trips to meet your special needs! If you have specific dates, routes or groups in mind, we can plan the perfect adventure for you. Over the past 35 years, we have catered to school and family reunions, all-women trips, executive retreats, boy or girl scout troops, company getaways, wedding parties and more. Please contact us with your ideas and for more information. Learn more…..||Rent our double sea kayaks and gear to create your own self-guided, one-day or multi-day adventure! We rent only top-of-the-line equipment, use our 35 years of experience to help you plan your trip and give you in-depth instruction on the beach. We also supply you with charts and a detailed itinerary written by owner Tim Thomsen to insure a safe and fulfilling exploration of the San Juan Islands. Learn more……|
“Seems sensible that choosing a local, sea kayaking outfitter like us (one that has been leading safe, one-of-a-kind sea kayaking trips here for longer than any other company) would be a good idea. You can rest assured that everything we have learned as thirty-five year residents and avid paddlers in the San Juan Islands goes into every trip! Our attention to detail is unequaled in the business! Our affordable, guided expeditions and sea kayak rentals offer adventure, professionalism, value, experience, high quality gear, exceptional service and tons of fun! We know these islands better than anyone! Come along for an unforgettable ride!”
“And if you have any questions about my website, my guided half-day, full-day or multi-day expeditions or my self-guided sea kayak rentals, please feel free to call 360 378 4436 or e-mail me. We are available seven days a week to answer your inquiries personally.”
Tim and Sally Thomsen
“I was thrilled to be on your expedition this weekend, oh the laughter, what a great group! You are a fabulous, fun and witty man with a heart of gold! Your experience instills great confidence in all who travel with you and your stories and facts of nature(embellished or not) are great entertainment! I am forever grateful to know you and hope to travel with you again!”
Your name was given to me along with several others by the San Juan County Parks and when I looked at the different websites I liked what you had to say. The real clincher though was the time you took to explain all the options and features you offer when I spoke to you on the phone…excellent customer service! I really appreciated all the information and your grace in delivering it! Thank you.”
John and Lorraine Doerr
Bainbridge Island, WA
“It was wonderful getting to know everyone! The leadership, the camaradarie of the group and the resulting experience made this an amazing trip! It was the highlight of my summer!”
Looking for more activities? Our recommendations are:
Island Bicycles – Quality bike rentals, sales and service since 1978. Look no further for your bicycling needs!
Captain Hobbes San Juan Island Whale and Wildlife Tours – Small groups and eco-sensitive tours.