Kayak Trips & Adventures of a Lifetime

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Viewing Opportunities

What wildlife will you see?  The area in which we paddle is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Each day on the water is different and wildlife has its own schedule. We commonly encounter killer whales, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise, and sea stars. Generally June through September are the optimum months to see killer whales. The San Juan Islands are also home to eagles and many types of sea birds. No matter what wildlife you might see, you will have a great time paddling along the coast and taking in the stunning views of the region.

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Where We Paddle

The routes we select for our Half Day Kayak Tours and Full Day Kayak Tours are designed to offer the best chances to encounter wildlife and killer whales. The routes also travel along the scenic west coastline with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island.

Routes for our Multi Day Kayak Tours are designed by each guide. The focus of our Multi Day Kayak Tour is travel and adventure. We utilize various islands around San Juan Island as locations to camp. Arriving to these island can be achieved by various routes. Guides take time to analyze tides, weather and group statistics to design the best route of travel. In the spirit of kayak touring the routes always balance the sense of adventure with the best opportunity to see wildlife.

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Downtown Location

Reserving a kayak tour with Discovery Sea Kayaks is easy and hassle free. All of our kayak tours check-in at our shop, which is located just up the street from the ferry terminal in downtown Friday Harbor.

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Small Group Size

Eight guests per kayak tour is the maximum size of our tours. We believe this is the best way to ensure that all guest have the interactions they expect with their guide. Traveling in a small group allows us to create less impact on the natural areas, ensures safety of the group and overall satisfaction of each guest. If you are planning a trip to the San Juan Islands and have a group of more than 8, please contact us for details on reserving a custom kayak tour for your group.

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Labor Day Weekend Sale at Discovery Sea Kayaks. Great deals on clothing from The North Face and Outdoor Research. Perfect time to get a nice rain jacket or warm fleece for the fall weather. ...

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Thinking about visiting San Juan Island for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend? The weather is looking pretty good for the weekend.Here are a few tips to help avoid any issues with your vacation.
1. Look for lodging? Though it is September many place will be booked for the long weekend.
2. If you plan on bringing a car, get a reservation for the ferry. Don't for get to reserve for your return back to Anacortes.
3. If you want to go kayaking, reserve in advance. We can generally get your worked into the schedule if you walk-in. But reserving ahead of time ensures you will have the departure time you need.
4.Want to rent a bike? Call or email us to reserve well ahead of time. We have very few electric bikes, so call now if you want to reserve one. We generally have plenty of our 24 speed hybrid bikes. But we already have reservations on the books for the 24 speeds. Reserve now and you arrive sure your will have a bike.
5. Have fun. The weekend is looking nice, get outside and enjoy the island.
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A bit of rough weather this weekend. Saturdays tours had to be rescheduled and the multi day tours hunkered down. But today things were back to action with tours departing all day and the multi day tours returning from their weekend adventure. There is rain in the forecast for this week, but we will have to wait and see. Tours will departing daily. Don't forget we provide waterproof jackets and pants when you join our kayak tours. Give us a call and get on the water this week. ...

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Labor Day Weekend Sale. Save on select merchandise. Outdoor Research and The North Face rain jackets, softshell jackets and fleece 35% OFF. Dry Bags 20% OFF. Stop in and see if we have anything you need. ...

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Testimonials

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Absolutely FANTASTIC! We had it all, Orcas, Eagles, everything! Thanks so much!

Jennifer

We had a great time kayaking with Discovery, the staff and guides were amazing. We saw the most wonderful views and eagles, seals, and orcas. Everything was done safely and respectively. Thanks Discovery!

Allison

AMAZING TRIP! The islands are gorgeous, wildlife and scenery were awesome. What really made the trip were our guides. A wonderful experience and would not hesitate to recommend this trip or comeback. Thanks for a great week

"I CAME BACK" I went on a 3-day kayak tour around the San Juan Islands in 2010, and loved it so much I convinced a pair of friends to come back with me in 2011. Both times, we did it early in the season, so our group consisted of 4 clients and two guides (one in training). The trainees were already pretty fantastic, but their trainer (and owner of DSK), Jason, is just plain awesome.

Luara

"BEST THING I'VE EVER DONE" Wow, a friend and I went on a full day kayaking trip yesterday and it was the most spectacular thing I've ever done! We hadn't gotten more than 5 or so minutes out of the little harbor where we launched when we started seeing Orcas, and they kept coming and coming!

MEG

"ONE OF OUR SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS" My husband and I took a 5 day trip and circumnavigated Orcas. The equipment was great, the scenery even better and our guide Brooke made the trip unforgettable. The entire experience was fantastic

Carol

We have been on numerous kayak trips in the past and this one surpassed them all. We found Discovery Sea Kayaks to be fabulous to work with during the planning stage. We appreciated the excellent equipment (the kayaks are really nice fiberglass ones) and the attention to safety (constant GPS going back to the home base and guide wears a dry suit).

On the west side of the island, Paul guided us to one of the most beautiful places we've ever been. As we paddled, he showed us jellyfish, sea stars, kelp beds, nesting bald eages, seals, Dahl dophins and the majestic Orcas. It was breathtaking to see a pod of Orcas