Dates & Costs

Please join us for our 36th season!

sea kayak tours san juans washington state orca whales paddle islandsGuided Trip Costs 

The total cost for a 2016 San Juan Islands guided, kayak expedition per person is:

West Side Whales Ho! Full Day Tour (6 hrs.)….$110 (daily @ 10:30 AM from May – Sept., includes lunch)

West Side Whales Ho! Half Day Tour (4 hrs.)…..$89 ( 9 AM weekends in spring/fall and daily in peak season and 2 PM daily May 2 through October 4)

Griffin Bay Full-Day Tour (6 hrs.)…..$110.00 (daily @ 8:30 AM  mid-April – early-Oct., includes lunch)

Griffin Bay Half-Day Tour (4 hrs.)…..$85.00  (8:30 AM weekends in spring/fall, daily in peak season and 1 PM daily mid-April through October 4)

Griffin Bay Sunset Tour (3 hrs.)…..$75.00 (daily @ approx. 6 PM mid-Apr – early-Oct)

Two-Day Orca Quest…………………………..$350.00

Two-Day Whale Sanctuary……………………$370.00

3-Day Coastal Explorer ……………………….$595.00

4-Day Islands Adventurer …………………….$695.00

The “Ultimate!” …………………………………$850.00


2016 Dates for Guided TripsMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Two-Day Overnighter - Whale Sanctuary28, 2911, 12
25, 26
23, 24
6, 72, 3
Two Day Overnighter-Orca Quest21, 224, 5
18, 19
22, 23
2, 3
9, 10
16, 17
3, 4
17, 18
20, 21
28, 29
10, 11
Three Day Coastal Explorer21, 22, 23
28, 29, 30

4, 5, 6
18, 19, 20
25, 26, 27
2, 3, 4
9, 10, 11
23, 24, 25
30, 31, August 1

6, 7, 8
12, 13, 14,
20, 21, 22
3, 4, 5
17, 18, 19

Four Day Islands Adventurer10, 11, 12, 13
25, 26, 27, 2813, 14, 15, 16 9, 10, 11, 12
The "Ultimate!" 17 - 211 - 5
14 - 18
29 - Aug 2
27 - 31

On guided expeditions, sleeping bags and ThermaRest pads may be rented for a nominal fee, if you don’t wish to bring our own.

Kayak Rental Costs

Summer 2016 Rental Rates………….$110.00 (per day per double kayak for multi-day rentals)

Summer 2016 Rental Rates………….$150.00 (for one-day rentals)

Kayak rentals are subject to sales tax.

Rental fees include: paddles, PFDs, spray skirts, bailing pumps, ThermaRest seat cushions, sponges, chart, detailed written route itinerary, repair/spare parts kit, strobe, cockpit covers.

My rental prices reflect new, very high quality boats and gear, excellent service, experienced trip planning, free pick up at and return to ferry terminal or in-town accommodations, detailed instruction and chart orientation on the beach.  You won’t find this comprehensive service and top-of-the -line gear anywhere else!  For more information, please see my Kayak Rental page.

On kayak rentals, sleeping bags, pads and two-person tents may be rented for a nominal fee.

To secure your space on a guided, half-day, full-day or sunset tour full payment is due upon receipt of your registration form or telephone reservation or stop by our Sea Kayak Center kiosk just two blocks from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor.  Upon receipt, we will send you a detailed gear list of items you bring. Full payment is due at time of booking for all of our guided trips and self-guided rentals.  Upon receipt of your registration form, you will be sent a detailed equipment list and logistical information to help you get ready for your sea kayaking adventure in the San Juan Islands. kayak san juans


Guided Day Tours:  more than 7 days before departure a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.  Less than 7 days before departure entire payment is retained.

Guided Multi-Day Tours:  60 – 45 days prior to departure date a 100% refund less a $50.00 handling fee. 45 – 30 days prior to departure date we will retain a 50% cancellation fee unless the space is filled, in which case a $50.00 handling fee is charged. Within 30 days of departure date full payment is retained unless space is filled. I suggest you obtain cancellation insurance just in case.

Rentals:  60 – 30 days before departure a full refund minus a $50 minimum or  10% of total cost cancellation fee .  30 – 15 days before departure we retain a 50% cancellation fee.  15 – 0 days before departure the full payment is retained. I suggest you purchase cancellation insurance just in case. San Juan Kayak Expeditions reserves the right to reroute or cancel any trip due to poor weather or other conditions beyond my control. In the event of a cancellation your payment will be fully refunded or you may reschedule your trip.

“Many thanks for a great trip!  The equipment was top-notch, route planning great, food was tasty and plenty of it and wonderful thoughtful touches to make the trip even more special – who ever heard of napping hammocks or wake-up flutes on a kayaking trip?  Next time we take the horseshoe championship from you!”

Kevin and Pat Courtney
Morgan Hill, CA.

sea kayak trips guided san juans “My husband and I took our first trip with Tim in 1988. We had such a wonderful time that we returned last summer to do a 4 day trip with our three boys, ages 15,19 and 22. This trip was an outstanding adventure for all of us! As we paddled along from one island to the next, we spotted seals lounging on rocks and poking their heads up out of the water, while Tim pointed out bald eagles perched in trees high above us. We even saw orcas spouting from a distance. We enjoyed the camaraderie of mealtime with new friends, and joking and laughing through games of Farkle by the campfire. The highlight of the trip came when we hoisted the sails (that were specially designed by Tim) and sailed our kayaks!!  It was exhilarating to be skimming across the water with the colorful sails of 6 kayaks billowing in the air. Tim’s sense of humor, incredible knowledge of the San Juan Islands and fun-loving spirit made this an unforgettable trip that will always be a treasured family memory.”

Tesa Johnson
Fox Island, WA