About Our Company

kayaking tours san juan islands washington stateSan Juan Kayak Expeditions, now in its 36th season, is a small, ecology-minded, owner-operated, one-of-a-kind kayak touring company which makes its home in the San Juan Islands!

  • It is a company whose guides are experienced island paddlers and naturalists!
  • Founded in 1980, we are the ORIGINAL sea kayaking outfitter in the San Juan Islands!
  • It is an outfitter that offers a most exciting addition to the sport – sea kayak sailing!
  • It is an outfitter whose owner has led over 450 multi-day trips in the San Juan Islands and has paddled more miles here than anyone on the planet!
  • It a local, well-respected company that specializes in guided multi-day sea kayaking expeditions, half-day and full-day tours and multi-day rentals!
  • Each three and four day trip spends a day and a half in prime orca whale territory, and gives you the best chance to paddle with our resident pods!
  • Offering custom multi-day trips for women and guided by women!
  • Visit our conveniently located Sea Kayak Center kiosk just two blocks south of the ferry dock in Friday Harbor!

We have come to love and respect the awesome beauty of this small corner of the world. Our enthusiasm for these islands has allowed us to share them with you!

“Sarah and I wanted to thank you again for making our vacation to your backyard one we will never forget! Everything was top-notch including your jokes! Your passion for kayaking and years of experience made the trip a very special one for us and, I am sure, the entire group! We wish you all the best for the rest of this season and continued success in your 29th season! Thanks again!”

Josh and Sarah Gorman
Arvada, CO


sea kayak sailingOur trips attract active adults (friends, couples and singles) of all ages who love adventure! We also can arrange custom tours such as family and high school reunions, women -only, scout troops, executive retreats, wedding parties and educational groups.

Please join us this summer for an exciting Two-Day Orca Quest, Two- day Whale SanctuaryThree-Day Coastal ExplorerFour-Day Islands Adventurer or The “Ultimate!” 5 Day  sea kayaking journey of discovery in the spectacular San Juan Islands!  Is your time limited? Try our Griffin Bay Half-Day, Full-Day or Sunset Tours!  Looking for whales?  Try  our Whales Ho! Half-Day or Whales Ho! Full-Day tours. Or let us help you plan your own self-guided, multi-day sea kayak rental!

Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an e-mail link to a detailed equipment list and information packet to help you prepare for your adventure.

“Thanks again for a fabulous trip! You helped make our experience in the San Juans very special! It was a pleasure paddling and sailing with you! You are a wonderful guide full of knowledge, expertise and leadership skills! Yeeha!”
Julie Jorling
Salt Lake City, UT