reserve kayak rentals in the san juan islands

Sea Kayak Rentals

kayak rentals san juan islands

If you wish to embark on a self-guided, multi-day or one day adventure, you may rent double sea kayaks (sorry, I don’t rent singles) and necessary equipment from San Juan Kayak Expeditions.  I specialize in multi-day rentals!  Rental fee includes:

Quality, fiberglass, double sea kayaks, carbon-fiber paddles, PFD’s, spray skirts, bailing pumps, sponges, compass, charts, spare gear/parts in waterproof gear box, ThermaRest seat cushions, cockpit covers, detailed itinerary written for each rental by owner Tim Thomsen, pick up at ferry dock and transport to our launch site on Griffin Bay, pick up at trip’s end at Griffin Bay and return to Friday Harbor, thorough instruction on beach before you launch to insure that you are safe and efficient sea kayakers, equipment list and information packet.

We also have foam saddles and straps to attach kayak(s) to your own vehicle for transport to a launch site of your choice.

Upon receipt of your registration form, I will send you an equipment list and other important logistical information(campsites, water logistics, hiking opportunities, etc.) that will help you prepare for your journey.

“A couple friends and I went out for a quick 2 day sea kayak excursion in the San Juan Islands. Such a beautiful region, saw a ton of wildlife, had perfect weather, and an overall amazing time.  We rented kayaks from sanjuankayak.com/, which I highly recommend. Tim has been guiding tours in this region for the past 30+ years and even offers self-guided trips like the one we did. He gives you the best gear, and prepares a thorough itinerary based on the tides and his extensive knowledge of the region to give you a great adventure that is still safe and enjoyable.”

Seattle, WA

“Thank you so much for helping us plan our kayak adventure!  We were really blown away with the quality of the equipment, your phenomenal customer service and your commitment to our safety.  This was such an amazing trip, and we couldn’t have done it without you!  Hopefully we will see you in the fall or next spring for another San Juan kayak expedition!” 

Matt and Danielle
Seattle University

Any questions?  Just give me a call or send an e-mail.  You will find that this is the company you have been looking for!  Renting double kayaks from San Juan Kayak Expeditions is a hassle-free and educational experience.  There is indeed fun and adventure to be had!  San Juan Kayak Expeditions can make it possible!


I do rent quality, two-person tents, sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads for a nominal fee.

“A quick note to thank you for your excellent rental service and arranging the beautiful three days of “sky blue” weather for us!  Looking forward to paddling in your area in the future!

Derek Endress
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

“Thanks for being who you are!  You helped make our trip fantastic!  It was a pleasure renting a tandem from you!  The jelly fish, seals and sea lions, the eagles, the perfect camp spot..all so worth it!  Thanks again!”
Tyler and Katrina Kope
Seattle , WA

sea kayak rentals tours san juan islands wasnington stateI can rent kayaks to larger groups such as family or high school reunions, scout troops, wedding parties, executive retreats and educational groups.

Note: I will help you plan a safe trip by using my thirty-five years of experience paddling in these islands, by offering quality sea kayaking equipment and by giving you in-depth instruction before you launch. Taking into account the strength of the tides, wind and weather forecasts, your experience, the type of adventure you want, etc., I will work with you to formulate an itinerary of campgrounds, hiking opportunities, alternate routes(in case of weather), danger areas to avoid, wildlife areas, etc.

No other outfitter offers such comprehensive service. From conservative paddles to adventurous expeditions, the San Juan Islands have something to offer everyone. San Juan Kayak Expeditions, the premier sea kayak rental company in the San Juan Islands, will get you there and back and in between safely! Sorry, but no rentals to parties with children under 16.

Sea Kayak Rentals with a Difference @ San Juan Kayak Expeditions!

There may be slightly cheaper options out there.  Those lower prices mean you will be getting plastic and/or poorly maintained boats and equipment.  With my thirty-five years of experience to help you plan your trip, comprehensive service and quality gear you can be sure my rental prices are the best value around and by far the safest option!


Multi-Day Rentals – $110 per day per double sea kayak.

One-Day Rentals – $150 per double sea kayak

Full payment is due at time of booking.


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.