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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Excited to hear how the 8am half day tour went. The guide called in that they were running behind due to the amount of orca encounters. Why would this slow down the tour you might ask. When kayaking around orcas we have to maintain our distance to not interfere with their travel. ...

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Bit of a strange day. Winds shifted out of the north overnight and brought a lot of smoke in from regional forest fires. The shot of the sun if from our shop this morning (3 photos) ...

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We have single and double Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammocks in stock. Purchase hammock, hanging system and bug shelter as a package and save 10%. This perfect for a lazy summer night to nights out camping. ...

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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