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

5-Day The “Ultimate” Tour

The name says it all! We have been leading quality sea kayaking adventures in the San Juan Islands for 38 years, and this one takes you to as many of our secret spots as five days allows!

Remote campsites, scenic vistas, wild coastlines and the chance to see every critter that lives in these parts are all a part of the package!  This trip is only for fit, adventurous people willing to accept a challenge. You must be active, muscle-toned and ready for excitement. For those who meet these criteria awaits an adventure with cozy campfires, sea glass hunting, whale watching, sea kayak sailing and scrumptious camp cuisine.  Marvelous sunset hikes and bioluminescent paddles will make this trip the highlight of your summer!

The “Ultimate!” is scheduled only when the tides are just right to aid us with rivers of current each day of the trip. Learning about tidal flows and observing the beauty of a moving sea adds greatly to your education and enjoyment of this unique environment. Our guides are experts at using tides to sweep us along coastlines and make open-water crossings. Wind and/or rough seas may require prolonged paddling at times, so all participants must be fit and have a can-do attitude.

Camping at a uniquely beautiful, seaside campsite each night gives us the chance to explore special islands. By kayak and on foot we’ll experience Jones Island, Sucia Island, Matia Island, Clark Island, Turn Island, Yellow Island and Obstruction Pass (we avoid overcrowded, damp and dark Stuart Island). In between these locations lie majestic sandstone cliffs, pristine beaches, dense coniferous forest and intertidal abundance. We’ll hike coastal and old-growth forest trails, relax in hammocks we carry along and enjoy sunset views that will astound. And don’t forget our sea kayak sail system, as this trip provides great opportunity to hoist our spinnakers!

Come paddle The ‘Ultimate!” with San Juan Kayak Expeditions and we’ll take you to our some of our favorite places!


Friday Harbor 5-Day The "Ultimate" Kayak Tour Details

Cost: $879.00 per person.  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: Moderate to hard
Departure: 10:30 AM
Distances: 47 miles (10 miles; 8  miles; 6 miles; 11 miles; 12 miles on consecutive days).  Participants must be in good to excellent physical condition, experienced in the outdoors and able to paddle for prolonged periods of time.
Islands Explored: 25
Minimum Age: 16 (mature)

2019 – June 28-July 2;  July 12-16;  July 27-31;  August 14-18;  August 27-31;  September 9-13.

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  • Orca whales
  • Humpback whales
  • Stellar and California sea lions
  • Harbor seals
  • Dall’s and harbor porpoise
  • River otters
  • Mink
  • Bald eagles
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Osprey
  • Many other migratory and local bird species
  • Pick-up at kiosk and return
  • Quality, tandem fiberglass sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)
  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles
  • NRS PFD’s
  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts
  • ThermaRest seat cushions
  • Charts
  • Delicious and nutritious breakfasts and dinners
  • Two-person tents (singles will have a tent to themselves)
  • Nylon hammocks
  • Thorough kayak instruction on the beach
  • All cooking gear
  • Rain tarps
  • Sleeping Bag and sleeping pad (ThermaRest or comparable)
  • Lunches for each day
  • Layered clothing
  • Rain coat w/ hood (GoreTex or comparable)
  • Personal camping gear (headlamp, mess kit, etc.)

A detailed information packet and equipment list of the things you need to bring will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration form.

Sleeping bags and ThermaRest sleeping pads are available for rent if you don’t wish to bring your own.

Day 1

– We begin at our Sea Kayak Center kiosk at 275 A Street on the morning of your tour. If you are on the ferry that morning, catch the 8:25 AM (Spring) or 9 AM (Summer) ferry from Anacortes. Upon arrival, please make your way immediately to our location. Please call if you have any questions.

We are located just two blocks directly up the hill from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor. Follow East Street past ferry loading lanes, cross to The Hungry Clam, past Serendipity Used Books, and The Market Chef. We are on the corner of A and Nichols Street and adjacent to Café Demeter. Look for our Sea Kayak Center signs and colorful umbrellas.

If you are on the island the night before your tour or coming off the ferry the morning of, please meet at our kiosk at 10:15 AM.

– Shuttle to Griffin Bay launch site for detailed instruction and packing

– Launch and paddle to Turn Island, cross San Juan Channel to Shaw Island. Lunch in Hidden Cove. Continue to Neck Pt. then Yellow Island Nature Preserve for a hike. Cross to Jones Island to camp. Enjoy sunset hike and spectacular viewpoint.

Day 2 – Launch and cross Spring Passage to Orca Island to Pt. Doughty for a beach break and a fantastic view of Mt. Baker and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Cross to Sucia Island to camp in Snoring Cove. Set up camp then hike or circumnavigate island by kayak.

Day 3 – Break camp – Cross to Matia Island for hike in old growth forest on circumference trail. Paddle north coast to Puffin Island then cross with tide to Clark Island. Set up camp then explore island by foot.

Day 4 – Break camp – Cross to Orcas Island and Pt. Lawrence then to Doe Bay for water refill. Continue in kayaks to Deer Pt., into Obstruction Pass and state park to camp. Sunset paddle to Obstruction Island.

Day 5 – Break camp – Cross Eastsound to Diamond Pt., cross Harney Channel to Shaw Island, to Canoe Island then beach in San Juan Channel for lunch. Cross to Turn Island for hike on circumference trail. Return to Griffin Bay and finish of an amazing adventure

All meals use fresh ingredients and are wholesome, delicious and nutritious and there is plenty of it!

  • Fresh garden salad with Newman’s Own dressings, roasted sunflower seeds, real bacon bits and parmesan cheese; pasta and pesto fettucine, cracked wheat bread and butter and dessert.
  • Smoked salmon tortellini with artichoke hearts, asparagus spears, roasted sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese, garlic bread and butter, dessert.
  • Our original recipe clam chowder with sweet corn, sauteed onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots and diced clams, sourdough bread and butter, concord grapes and dessert.
  • Our signature world famous Baja Norte Burrito with toasted flour and corn tortillas, guacamole (bring Mexican attire), diced onion, cucumber, black olives, green pepper, jalapenos, chiles with sour cream, salsa casera and a squeeze of lime and dessert.

Breakfasts include gourmet pressed coffee (from San Juan Roasting Company in Friday Harbor), cocoa, fresh melons, sliced bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges along with yogurt, raisins, super nutty granola,  cinnamon bagels, cream cheese, jam and oatmeal.  These get-up-and-go breakfasts allow us to get on the water in time to catch the tide, explore the islands to the max or encounter a pod of whales.

If you have special dietary needs (vegan, veggie, gluten or dairy-free, we will be happy to work with you on alternative foods.

Our meals are fun and active.  You’ll enjoy every bite!

  • We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of these waters, coastlines, whales 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, friendly, knowledgable and professional guides!
  • Owners Sally or Tim greet and assist every guest upon arrival at our kiosk!
  • Complementary storage for luggage, bicycles and extra stuff!

With notice 45 days or more prior to departure date a 100% refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. 44 – 30 days prior notice to departure date we will retain 50 % of the fee paid. With notice less than 30 days prior of departure date full payment is retained.

Route Map & Photos

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Kayak Map Friday Harbor
Kayak to Madrona Coiuntry
Sucia Island Camping Kayaking
Kayak San Juans
Kayak Cuisine San Juans
Killer Whales Kayak Tour


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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