Kayak the San Juan Islands!

Discovery Sea Kayaks, offering San Juan Island Kayak Tours with the best in adventure, wildlife viewing and education

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Join us in Chiang Mai Thailand for a great mountain bike adventure. With kayak tours ending for the winter on San Juan Island. We are now offering guided mountain bike tours in Chiang Mai Thailand. We work with the best local guides that have the knowledge to ensure you have the best time possible. The riding is focuses on shuttle serviced downhill mountain biking. Travel with your own bike or select one of the available rental bikes. Contact us for details.

Kayak Tours San Juan Island, Washington State

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  • Half Day Kayak Tour:  A great choice for those looking for the opportunity to see whales and other wildlife but want to have time for other island activities.
  • Full Day Kayak Tour:  The best choice for those looking for a good day of adventure and wildlife viewing opportunities.  With more time on the water you increase your odds of encountering whales, seals and more.
  • Multi Day Kayak Tours: For those who want to experience it all.  Travel for 3 to 5 days through the San Juan Islands and let our Guide’s take care of you.

The San Juan Islands, The Premiere Kayak Tour and Whale Watching Vacation Destination!

The San Juan Islands are best known as a vacation destination for sea kayak tours and whale watching. Discovery Sea Kayaks has developed a reputation for offering the best San Juan Island kayak tours in the region. Where our guests experience and safety is the primary goal. We offer memorable kayak tour experiences from our popular Half Day Kayak Tours, Full Day Kayak Tours and our camping San Juan Islands Multi Day Kayak Tours.

Kayak Trips and Adventures of a Lifetime

The San Juan Islands offer a combination of scenic beauty and wildlife rich waterways. Discovery’s kayak tours are designed for all skill levels. Everyone can have the opportunity to experience kayaking San Juan Island in search of wildlife and Killer Whales. Skilled naturalist guides will lead you along beautiful coastline providing safety and knowledge of the area. All of the gear provided tops the industry standard for kayak tour operators. From the moment you enter our shop located in downtown Friday Harbor, your Discovery Kayak Tour adventure begins.

Where We Paddle

Reserving a kayak tour with Discovery Sea Kayaks offers one of the easiest and hassle free experience. Our shop is located less than one block from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor. All San Juan kayak tours check in at the office. Instead of waiting around for a van to locate you downtown our shop offers a physical location where the owner’s of Discovery are there to get you on your way.



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 scenic coastline with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island.   See Map

The routes selected for our Multi Day Kayak Tours are designed by each guide. The concept of a Multi Day Kayak Tour is travel and adventure. We utilize various islands around San Juan Island as locations to setup 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.

Small Group Size

Eight guest per kayak tour is the maximum size of our tours. By running each San Juan Island kayak tour as a small group we ensure that all guest have the interactions they expect with their guide. In a small group there are many positive factors from creating less impact on the natural areas we travel, safety of the group and over all satisfaction of each guest. If you are a group leader or family member planning a trip to the San Juan Islands and have a group larger than eight. Please contact us for details on reserving a custom designed kayak tour that fits your groups needs.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

One of the most common questions we hear from inquiring guest, “What wildlife will we see”. Everyday is different on the water and Kayak Whale Watching Tourwildlife have their own schedule. The best we can do is inform you of the common wildlife we do see in the area. Killer whales are common to the area we paddle. There are optimum months that provide greater odds in seeing whales. Generally June through September offers good killer whale view opportunities. But the San Juan Islands have more than killer whales in the area. A few of the other marine animals you might see include harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise or starfish. The San Juan Islands are also well know for viewing various species of birds. Bald eagles are a common along the routes we travel as well as various species of sea birds. The best time for viewing sea birds ranges from winter months through the summer. No matter what wildlife you might see you will have a great time traveling along the coast and viewing stunning views of the region.

Small Company and Locally Owned

Being a small company allows us to focus on whats important, you. The most important objective is to provide everyone one who kayaks with Discovery Sea Kayaks the best experience possible. Discovery is locally owned, meaning that the owners of the company live on San Juan Island and in the shop everyday. As a small business we focus on quality and experience. Discovery guides are held to a high standard and go through extensive training to provide a experienced based kayak tour and a personal touch to customer service. We select all of our equipment to enhance your kayak tour. We like to use the motto of “Quality from Guides to Gear”. Join us and see the difference a small local company makes.

Our Kayak Trips

Packages and Specials

Increase your chances to see the Orca (Killer) Whales and other wildlife on your vacation by booking a Kayak Tour with Discovery Sea Kayaks and a Whale and Wildlife Tour with the Charter Boat Western Prince.

Half Day Kayak Tour

$85 per person (plus tax) **Groups of 4 or more will save 10% off. Discount will automatically be applied when reserving online** Travel the route best know of seeing killer whales. We launch in the best region of the islands to see wildlife. Our guides will explorer the coast with you and provide a safe and knowledge filled experience.

Full Day Kayak Tour

$95.00 per person (plus tax) **Groups of 4 or more will save 10% off. Discount will automatically be applied when reserving online** Enjoy beautiful views of Vancouver Island and Washington's Olympic Peninsula on one of our most popular kayak tours. We kayak in an area where killer whales commonly travel.

Sunset Kayak Tour

$85 per person (plus tax) **Groups of 4 or more will save 10% off. Discount will automatically be applied when reserving online** Enjoy the sunset from the rustic shore of San Juan Island. With the sunset approaching less boat traffic will be on the water. The route is in the heart of the Southern Resident Killer Whale travel area.

Multi-Day Trips

These trips are designed for guests who wish to have all camping gear provided. Ideal for those traveling from far destinations who cannot bring everything with them or for those who just want to be taken care of so they can relax around camp.

Custom Trips

This is a great option for families with children, large groups of more than 8 or those looking for something just a little different. Discovery Sea Kayaks has always specialized in providing custom kayak tours so that everyone can find a kayak tour that works for their group.

Mothership Tour

Join Discovery Sea Kayaks and the Gato Verde for a San Juan Island mothership kayak tour adventure. This one of a kind tour has limited dating. Book Now.

Bioluminescence Tour

Being on the water at night can be a special experience. The allure of the darkness and the still calm of the night really creates a setting that is hard to beat.