San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking Tours & Rentals
Kayaking the San Juan Islands for 33 Years!
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 34th 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!
~ Stop by our conveniently located Sea Kayak Center kiosk directly across from the ferry dock!
Sea Kayaking Adventures We Offer……
|Whales-Ho! Full Day Tour||Griffin Bay Half-Day Tour|
|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 33 years and a six-hour tour(instead of three hours) increase your odds of encountering killer whales! A scrumptious lunch is included! If time(and whales) permit, we will take a spectacular hike into the old limestone quarry 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….||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 and stunning views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains. These trips depart twice daily year-round weather permitting. Learn more……|
|Griffin Bay Full Day Tour||Griffin Bay Sunset Tour|
|Let’s explore Griffin Bay and American Camp National Park by kayak and foot! This trip offers a chance to see plenty of wildlife 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, eagles and possibly orca whales. These kayak trips depart every morning from April 15 to October 15 and on demand year-round. Learn more…...||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 15 to October 15. What a great way to end a summer day in the San Juans! Learn more…..|
|Whale Sanctuary Two-Day Overnighter||Two-Day Overnighter – Orca Quest|
|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…..||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…..|
|Three Day Coastal Explorer||Four Day Islands Adventurer|
|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…..||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 in orca habitat and a stone’s throw from the Canadian border on a small jewel of an island reserved just for us! 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 33 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.||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 33 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-four 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. I am available seven days a week to answer your inquiries personally.” Tim Thomsen Owner/Guide
“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!”