San Juan Island's Original Sea Kayak Outfitters & Guides Since 1980

Kayaking Trips and Expeditions

Rugged and picturesque coastlines and an abundance of wildlife highlight all guided kayak trips!

With opportunities to sea kayak with orca whales, humpback whales, minke whales, river otter, stellar sea lions, Dalls’ or harbor porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and much more, yours could be a journey to remember!

Experience Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Kayaking

On our multi-day adventures, you’ll see islands with names like Flattop, Sentinel, Canoe, Sucia, Obstruction, Skipjack, Halftide, Whale Rock, Goose, Battleship, Barren and Blind(our trips explore more islands than any other company)! In small, intimate groups you’ll visit a pelagic cormorant rookery, pass near harbor seal haul-outs and traverse coastlines of rugged, towering, lichen-covered cliffs, deep Douglas fir forests and white sand beach! Quaking aspen, red-barked madrona, western red cedar and wind-sculpted Rocky Mountain juniper hem the shores, while around you fronds of giant bull kelp undulate in the current and glow like rusty, gold tendrils in the warm sunlight!

And if the wind is just right – hoist the spinnakers! Racing side by side with five or six colorful, double kayaks all with bright, billowing sails is exhilarating! As the sea rushes effortlessly past your bow and you feel the pull of the wind in your sail, it will all take your breath away!  Sea kayak sailing really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience offered exclusively by San Juan Kayak Expeditions! Rig your sail (multi-day trips only)!

All of that is on the water! During beach breaks or in camp, we often have leisure time for tide-pooling, hiking, a horseshoe tournament, a nap or a book in a hammock, birding, or a card game! Sound like fun? It really is! Then, after dinner, how about a sunset paddle or hike?

Our guided expeditions are active, our trip routes are full of variety, our guides are fun and knowledgeable and our equipment is state-of-the-art!

On the last night of each multi-day trip(except the two-day Orca Quest and five-day The “Ultimate”), we will set up our tents on a small island reserved for San Juan Kayak Expeditions and located on the edge of orca country! With a view west across Haro Strait into the Canadian Gulf Islands and north to the British Columbia Coast Range, you will feel perched on the edge of the world! In the final hours of the day, we’ll enjoy the warmth of a driftwood campfire and rehash the day’s events!

If you join us on one of our day trips, you will paddle the best equipment on the market today!  We paddle in one of the most serene and scenic bays in the islands or spend a day paddling in prime orca whale habitat.  Our guides are awesome!  They will build your skills and your confidence.

Come kayak with orcas in the beautiful San Juan Islands with us! You’ll talk about your trip for years to come!


  • Daily in late afternoon
  • $79
  • 3 hours (2 1/4 hrs. on water)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate»
  • Daily: 8:30 AM & 1 PM
  • $79
  • 3 Hours (2 1/4 hours on water)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate»

Half Day Kayak Tours

  • Daily: 9 AM, 2 PM & 5:30 PM
  • $94
  • 4 hours (2 1/2 hours on water)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Daily: 10:30 AM
  • $119 (includes lunch/short hike)
  • 6 hours (4 1/2 hours on water)
  • Difficulty: Moderate»
  • A grand adventure
  • $389
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
  • A classic adventure!
  • $579
  • 1-1/2 days in whale country
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Super exploration route!
  • $749
  • 1-1/2 days in orca country
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • The name says it all!
  • $879
  • Maximum wildlife
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
  • Full Day Rentals
  • Multi-Day Rentals

If you have a group large or small that you would like to get out on the water, we can put you there!


All photos in our website have been contributed by past guests. Thanks to all who have shared their experience! And special thanks to guest Philip Robinson for his fun pics.

Contact Info

San Juan Kayak Expeditions
Tim and Sally Thomsen, Owners/Operators since 1980
PO Box 2041
275 A St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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