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

Sea Kayak Rentals

If you wish to embark on a self-guided, multi-day or one day adventure, you may rent double sea kayaks (sorry, we don’t rent singles) and necessary boating equipment from San Juan Kayak Expeditions.  We have been safely renting sea kayaks for almost four decades! With quality boats and gear, Tim’s detailed, written itinerary and thorough instruction on the beach, yours will be a safe and rewarding exploration of the San Juan Islands.

Note: Water, tidal and weather conditions in the San Juans can make sea kayaking challenging. Renting kayaks is only for those fit and experienced in the outdoors.

Multi-Day Kayak Rentals

We specialize in multi-day rentals and will work closely with you in creating a safe and memorable adventure!  All multi-day rentals include a detailed itinerary planned for you based on the number of days, campsites, tides and currents, alternate routes, campsite departure times etc.

Multi-Day Rental Info

Cost: $100 per day per double kayak, plus sales tax.
Duration: minimum of two days/one night; you choose how many days you want.
Difficulty: moderate to hard.  Participants must be in good to excellent physical condition, experienced in the outdoors, able to lift kayaks and gear up and down the beach and able to paddle for sustained periods in inclement conditions.
Minimum Age: 16 when accompanied by a parent

  • Quality fiberglass double sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)
  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles
  • Patagonia or Extrasport PFD’s
  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts
  • Bailing pumps & sponges
  • Charts
  • Spare gear/parts in waterproof gear box
  • ThermaRest seat cushions
  • Cockpit covers
  • Detailed equipment list and logistical info sent to you upon registration
  • Detailed, written route itinerary by Tim Thomsen including daily launch times, campsites, hiking opportunities, beach breaks, water resupply, alternate routes, etc.
  • Transportation to and from our kiosk to our  launch site on Griffin Bay
  • Thorough instruction on beach before you launch
  • Tents, sleeping bags and pads
  • Cooking stove, pots, etc.
  • All meals and snacks
  • Camping clothing
  • Water shoes

At the time of reservation we will send you a complete equipment list and packing instructions for your self-guided trip.  You should be prepared to provide all your camping equipment. We do have tents, sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads available for rent, if you don’t want to bring your own.

Please notify us at the time of your booking if you require any optional services.  Additional fees may apply.

  • Take the boat to a launch site of your choice on your own vehicle – $35 fee for foam saddles, straps and attachment to your vehicle
  • Delivery of kayak(s) to your beachfront location and pick up – fee varies by distance.  (Note: San Juan County Park does not allow delivery or pick up of rental boats.)

Multi-Day Rentals With notice 45 days or more prior to departure date a 100% refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. 44 – 30 days prior notice to departure date we will retain 50 % of the fee paid. With notice less than 30 days prior of departure date full payment is retained. Rather than cancel your trip we will gladly apply your original payment to another date during the same season for $35 handling fee.

Single Day Kayak Rentals

Our one day sea kayak rentals provide you with the boating equipment and instruction and a chance to explore protected Griffin Bay at your leisure.  Your day rental begins at 10:45 AM and you determine how long you want to paddle.  You just need to return before sunset!  Reservations are required.

Single Day Rental Info

Cost: $150 per day per double kayak, plus sales tax.  Cost for 4 more boats  in one booking is $110 each plus sales tax.
Difficulty:  Moderate to hard.  Participants must be in average or better physical condition, experienced in the outdoors and able to paddle for sustained periods in rough conditions.
Minimum Age: 16 when accompanied by a parent or supervising adult.

  • Quality fiberglass double sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)
  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles
  • Patagonia or Extrasport PFD’s
  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts
  • Bailing pumps & sponges
  • Charts
  • Spare gear/parts in waterproof gear box
  • ThermaRest seat cushions
  • Cockpit covers
  • Transportation to and from our kiosk to our  launch site on Griffin Bay
  • Thorough instruction on beach before you launch
  • Water shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Rain coat with hood (GoreTex or comparable)
  • Water bottle full of water
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Sun hat and sunscreen

At the time of reservation we will send you a complete equipment list and clothing list for your self-guided day trip.

  • We have the foam saddles and straps to attach your rental kayak to your vehicle.
  • We can deliver to your location and pick up

Please notify us at the time of your booking if you require any optional services.  Additional fees may apply.

Cancellation info forthcoming.

Kayak Rental Raves

Aknowledgements

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
Friday Harbor, WA, USA 98250
(360) 378-4436
sanjuankayak@rockisland.com
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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