Lime Kiln Full Day Tour Information

Where we go. What to bring. What we provide.



  • Orca whales

  • Humpback whales

  • Dall’s and harbor porpoise

  • Stellar and California sea lions

  • Harbor seals

  • River otters

  • Bald eagles

  • Peregrine falcon

  • Many sea bird species


  • Quality sea kayaks (Seascape II’s by NW Kayaks)

  • Werner carbon-fiber paddles

  • NRS or Extrasport PFD’s

  • Snap Dragon Design spray skirts

  • ThermaRest seat cushions

  • Complimentary dry bags

  • Rain ponchos

  • Delicious and nutritious picnic lunches from Spring Street Deli

  • Services of a friendly, experienced guide

  • Transportation to launch site and return

  • Thorough and 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 and binoculars


  • Meet at our kiosk in Friday Harbor (275 A St.) at 10:15 AM

  • Chart orientation/Depart 10:30 AM

  • Enjoy scenic shuttle ride to Smallpox Bay on island’s west side

  • Instruction on beach

  • Launch kayaks into designated Whale Sanctuary

  • Paddle to Limekiln Lighthouse

  • Land at Deadman’s Bay for lunch and short hike

  • Paddle back to Smallpox Bay

  • Enjoy scenic shuttle ride back to kiosk

  • Arrive at kiosk at 4:30 PM


We are proud to serve mondo, mouth-watering smoked turkey sandwiches from Spring Street Deli in Friday Harbor!  Also included are chips, slices of Fuji apple or Bosc pear and a home-made cookie, and you’ll be refueled and ready to paddle and hike!

The deli also has vegan, veggie, gluten and dairy-free options.  Just let us know!


  • 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!

  • ThermaRest seat cushions?  Check!

  • Affordable price includes transportation, all San Juan County Park launching fees and a scrumptious deli-lunch from Spring Street Deli!

  • Fun , friendly, knowledgeable and professional guides


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.


Have more questions about your trip? Feel free to call us!