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

Sunset Tours

Our three-hour sunset kayak tours depart daily in the late afternoon and are the perfect way to end the day!

Enjoying the long shadows of the last light of day, we will paddle in uncrowded waters with seals, porpoise, otters, bald eagles and seabirds and watch spectacular alpen-glow colors paint the icy flanks of Mt. Baker!  This is a special time to be on the water because no one else is.  Griffin Bay is a great vantage point for views of the Olympic Mountains and the setting sun falling behind the fields and forests on San Juan Island!  The serenity will stay with you for days!

Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly guides and quality equipment will ensure a safe and memorable voyage! Reserve a slot today.


Sunset Kayak Tour Details

Cost: $79.00 per person plus tax.   A 50% deposit is due at time of booking with the balance charged 45 days prior to departure date.  If you are registering within 45 days of your trip date, full payment is required.  Thank you.
Difficulty: Easy
Islands Explored: 3
Minimum Age: 8 (with limited space for 8-12 year olds in a triple kayak. Call us before booking. 360-378-4436)
Departure: Times vary by the month.  Please call for schedule.
Duration/Distance: 3 hours (kiosk to return).  3 miles.  Participants must be in moderate or better physical condition.
Runs daily from April 20 thru Oct 1.

  • Harbor seals
  • Dall’s and harbor porpoise
  • River otters
  • Mink
  • Bald eagles
  • Osprey
  • Many other migratory and local bird species
  • Quality sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)
  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles
  • NRS and Extrasport PFD’s
  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts
  • ThermaRest seat cushions
  • Complimentary dry bags
  • Rain ponchos
  • Services of an experienced and friendly guide
  • Transportation from our Sea Kayak Center kiosk to the launch site and return
  • Professional instruction at the beach
  • One sun hat with wide brim/visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water shoes (Teva -like sandals, Chacos, aqua socks, wetsuit booties, Crocs, old tennis shoes)
  • Warm weather tshirts 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
  • Binoculars
  • Meet at our kiosk in Friday Harbor(275 A St.) 15 minutes before tour time
  • Chart orientation
  • Enjoy short shuttle to launch site
  • Instruction on beach
  • Launch kayaks into Griffin Bay
  • Paddle to Dinner Island, Mulno Cove, Low Pt.
  • Return to beach
  • Shuttle back to kiosk
  • We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of tides, winds and wildlife 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!
  • Just a five minute ride to our beach. Paddle more and drive less!  Our carbon footprint is the least in the industry!
  • Affordable price!
  • Fun and professional guides!
  • Complimentary storage for luggage, bicycles and extra gear!
  • Owners Sally and Tim greet and assist all guests at kiosk

With notice 7 days or more prior to trip date a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. With less than 7 days before departure entire payment is retained.

Route Map & Photos

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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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