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

Tim Thomsen

Owner/Founder/Shop Foreman

Tim has been a resident and avid kayaker in the San Juan Islands for thirty-eight years. He has owned and operated San Juan Kayak Expeditions since 1980 and has logged over 15,000 miles paddling in the SanFavorite Kayak Company in Friday Harbor, WA Juans! He has personally guided over 450 three and four day sea kayaking expeditions!  His experience with orca whales in local waters is unmatched. In addition to paddling in the San Juans, he led his own 6 day expeditions in Baja’s Sea of Cortez for thirteen winter seasons. Tim is also a sea kayak sail inventor and patent owner!

A Washington State native with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Washington State University, Tim speaks semi-fluent Spanish and plays classical guitar and alto recorder.  He has completed one marathon (one is enough!) and several triathlons. Tim is also a world traveler. He has spent past winters traveling and kayaking through diverse and exotic regions of the globe (Fiji, Nicaragua, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica).  His latest expedition was a three week exploration of Nicaragua and a 100 mile sea kayak trip in the Sea of Cortez with wife Sally.


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
275 A St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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