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

Kayaking with Orcas

It is hard to predict how often wild orca whales might appear while kayaking in the San Juan Islands.  It varies from season to season depending on the strength of fluctuating salmonKiller Whales Kayak Tour migrations.  2016 and 2017 have seen a decrease in local pod sightings and a dramatic  increase in transient orca sightings (as well as humpback and minke whale sightings).  I do know that observing wild orca whales from a sea kayak is an incredible experience and, to do so, one must get out there and give it a chance.  Kayaking with orcas is what we have done since 1980.  Day and half-day tours or multi-day kayak adventures; come join the fun!


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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