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 hike 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 35 years 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 recommended.

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 and professional guides(average age – 31 years)!

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

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 – 12 (mature)

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 – water shoes if you’ve got them(ie. sandals w/ heal strap, Tevas, Chacos, Crocs, etc. or wet suit booties, aqua socks or old tennis shoes); one liter of water per person; layered clothing(Capilene, polypropylene, fleece, etc.);  tennis shoes for hiking; day pack or fanny pack for hiking; shade hat; sunscreen; lip salve; snacks to share with the group; camera; binoculars.

Cancellations – more than seven days before departure a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.  Less than seven days before departure full 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