Kayaking From San Juan Island
The waters around San Juan Island provide some of the best and most beautiful kayaking in the world. Exploring the coastline from the water brings you that much closer to San Juan's magic. As you wind your way down the evergreen coast you'll spot bald eagles soaring above you, seals playing below you, and perhaps even Orca whales swimming by. Our staff will be happy to help you with your kayaking reservations. We suggest you reserve your trip at least a couple of weeks ahead of time to ensure getting just the trip and time you want. With a little flexibility we can usually find you a last-minute trip as well.
Whether you want an energetic adventure, or a more leisurely paddle, the local kayak companies will cater to all ages and competency levels. You can explore the option of a multi-day kayak expedition, or just play around with the kids in more sheltered waters. All of the kayak companies will take care of any equipment you need to make your experience safe and fun.
Here are some of the top kayak providers we recommend.
San Juan Outfitters departs from Roche Harbor. They specialize in high quality tours, low guide to guest ratios, state of the art equipment, exclusive launching facility, naturalist guides, and lots of wildlife.
For over a quarter century Outdoor Odysseys has specialized in offering quality “Eagles and Orcas” kayak tours focusing on specific locales where whales and other marine life can be seen unobtrusively in their natural habitat. They feature personable naturalists guides, small groups and fantastic cuisine. Beginners are welcome.
Paddle with local icon Tim Thomsen, who has led expeditions in the San Juan Islands since 1979. Tim's quality equipment, experience and knowledge make his three- and four-day trips educational, safe and truly enjoyable. SJKE also rents double kayaks if you want to create your own adventure.
Discovery specializes in small group tours. They believe intimate outings offer the highest quality outdoor adventures. Small groups move more efficiently and produce less environmental impact. Day trips with Discovery are limited to six to eight guests and multi-day adventures to 6 guests maximum.
Operating from San Juan Island's West Side, Sea Quest's biologist guides create educationally oriented adventures from day tours to multi-day camping trips to the remote islands. They arrange special trips for children & families, provide the newest & safest kayaks, and claim to offer the lowest prices in the San Juan Islands.