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! — Jennifer
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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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common questions we hear from inquiring guest, “What wildlife will we see”. Everyday is different on the water and wildlife 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.
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.