Whales Ho! Full Day Tour

Our six-hour Whales-Ho! guided kayak tour gives you an excellent chance to see orca whales in the wild!  Enjoy a scenic drive to San Juan Island’s west side and launch with us into prime whale country!  Kayaking with orcas is an experience you will  never forget!  San Juan Kayak Expeditions specializes in putting you there, and we throw in a scrumptious deli lunch to boot!  For a different perspective, we’ll take a short walk on a spectacular coastal trail and, from an elevated viewpoint,  enjoy nothing but islands and ocean as far as the eye can see!  Click on the thumbnail at right to enlarge Whales Ho! Full Day Tour route map!

Our  decades of experience(we started launching kayak trips from the west side county park in 1980 – even before there were any other kayak companies around!), quality boats and gear and highly trained, professional guides will ensure a safe and memorable voyage of adventure!  We also supply complimentary dry bags, rain ponchos and ThermaRest seat cushions  for your comfort!   Trips depart daily at 10:30 AM from May through September!  Reservations necessary.

kayaking san juan islandsPlease join us for our ever-popular Whales Ho! Kayak Tour! Click on photos below to get a taste!

No plastic kayaks or paddles are used on our tours! 



~We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980!  Our knowledge of tides, winds and whales is unmatched!

~We use only quality, state-of-the-art, fiberglass sea kayaks and gear!  No wet, slow and uncomfortable plastic boats or heavy, plastic paddles are used on our tours!

~Affordable price and a scrumptious lunch is included!

~Fun , friendly and professional guides

What Excitement! What a Company!TRIP FACTS:

Cost – $110 per person plus sales tax.

Duration – 6 hours.   Your adventure begins at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk on the corner of Nichols and “A” Streets just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in front of  The Barking Bird pet store and next to Café Demeter daily at 10:30 AM and returns by 4:30 PM.

Distance – 4 – 6 miles by kayak; 1 mile hiking

Difficulty – easy to moderate.

Islands Explored – 2-3

Requirements – All participants must be in average or better physical condition and have the muscle tone and stamina to handle conditions where a prolonged period of strong paddling is needed.

Minimum Age – 14;  (With limited space for 10-13 year olds in a triple kayak. Call us before booking. 360-378-4436)

Wildlife You May See – orca whales; humpback whales; Dall’s and harbor porpoise; stellar and California sea lions; harbor seals; river otters; bald eagles; peregrine falcon; many sea bird species.

What We Supply – all boating equipment including ThermaRest seat cushions; complimentary dry bags; rain ponchos; delicious and nutritious picnic lunches; services of a friendly, experienced guide; transportation to launch site and return; thorough and professional instruction at the beach.

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What You Bring -One sun hat with wide brim/visor; Sun glasses; Sunscreen; Water shoes ( Teva -like sandals, Chacos, aqua socks, wetsuit booties, Crocs, old tennis shoes); Warm weather T-shirts and shorts with a light jacket. Cool weather clothing: fleece jacket, polypropylene or Capilene tops, rain pants(full day tours only) Rain gear: coat with hood or rain poncho. If you don’t have your own, we can supply you with a rain poncho. One quart or liter bottle full of water per person(we will carry water for refills); Snacks to share with group, camera and binoculars.

Cancellations – With notice 7 days or more prior to trip date a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. With less than 7 days before departure entire payment is retained.

“I apologize that I did not get to write this sooner but I just got back to Atlanta yesterday. I had an amazing time on Sunday with A.J. and Gina. They were phenomenal. Thank you for letting them take me out. I can’t ask for more than a personal guided Whales Ho! tour. They were nice, educated, friendly, and wanted to make sure I had a great time. AJ was patient with my paddling techniques.

 I found you on trip adviser so I will leave good feedback. I want to come back sometime when it’s summer. If I can come back, I will make sure to use you guys again. You guys were great. Thank you again!”

Justin Romanko