Why Choose Anacortes Kayak Tours?
If you are looking at other kayak outfitter’s web sites, you’re probably wondering how to tell us apart. With everyone claiming to be the best, how can you know? We think that we do a darned good job, but we also feel that “the best” is a fairly subjective value, so here’s a few reasons why we feel that you would enjoy kayaking with us:
Location, Location, Location!
AKT has trips that depart from both sides of the San Juan Island ferry route. There are a variety of choices that depart from Anacortes / Fidalgo Island, and also from Friday Harbor / San Juan Island. This means that you are sure to find a trip that best suits your needs and interests! No other kayak company can offer you a better selection of quality sea kayaking trips to the most scenic and rewarding destinations in the San Juans.
Anacortes (Home Port to the San Juan Islands) is an easy 90 minute drive from Seattle and, because there are bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to the mainland, there is no need to take a ferry. This convenient geographic advantage allows you to save a considerable amount of time and money. It also eliminates the stress and worry of having to plan your time around a ferry schedule. The waters surrounding Fidalgo Island are beautiful and provide the same incredible wildlife viewing opportunities that can be found anywhere in the islands.
Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, is one of the top tourist destinations in Washington State. All of our kayak tours depart from the San Juan County Park on the scenic west side of San Juan Island. On these trips you will immediately be paddling in the federally proposed “Orca Whale Sanctuary”. Although all of our tours enjoy whale encounters throughout the summer months, these trips have a statistical advantage over any other launch site (including any other place on San Juan Island).
It’s all about you. We have no misconceptions about this, and that’s why people like us. Our kayak company operates under the idea that “If you work hard, and be nice to others, then good things will come your way.” It’s true, and it works.
We are committed to making sure that you get what you are looking for, and that your needs are met. That’s why you won’t hear us making wild claims about kayaking with Orca whales, or any other gimmick to get you to join a trip.
Our goal is to help people create a rewarding experience, and our large number of repeat guests reaffirm that we are doing our job well. Going the extra mile to help you find the appropriate lodging, or helping you plan your itinerary may take some effort, but it is just as important to us that you enjoy your stay in Washington and have a great time as it is that you book a trip with us. We understand that if you have fun, you’ll be back…and so will your friends. Our staff are bright, happy, and fun loving folks who will focus on your individual needs.
No Disappointments Necessary! — A worry free experience.
Plans change, things happen, and sometimes they just seem to go wrong.
During the busy summer months there are days when the San Juan Island ferries run into problems. Sailings can be delayed without notice, sometimes for hours. With another kayak company if you miss your scheduled kayak trip due to these delays then you often have no other options available. With AKT you won’t miss a thing. We will happily transfer your booking to one of the many trips that we offer from Anacortes. Our Half Day and Full Day trips depart just two minutes away from the San Juan Ferry Terminal, and our Deception Pass tours are just a short drive down the road. Your vacation time is important, let us do the worrying. Our priority is to get you on the water and having fun!
We are extremely fortunate to have been able to attract, and retain, some truly outstanding individuals to lead our trips. Anyone who has been on any sort of guided trip understands the necessity of having a quality leader. Our staff are chosen for their leadership skills and judgment, and for their ability to provide you with knowledge of the area in a fun and meaningful way.
Our Trip Destinations
If you would rather have a unique sea kayaking experience that doesn’t feel crowded, then Anacortes Kayak Tours is your natural choice. We are the exclusive sea kayak tour company in Deception Pass State Park, and the most widely operating kayak company in the eastern San Juan Islands. Whether you are joining us for a short trip in Deception Pass State Park, kayaking around Burrows Island, or taking on a five-day kayak expedition throughout the San Juan Islands, you are sure to see the best that this remarkable region has to offer.
Our first priority is that everybody comes home safe and sound. Proper training to prevent accidents is more important to us than any other part of the business.
Our kayak guides go through a comprehensive training regiment before leading tours on their own. We bring in a team of world-class kayak coaches (Body Boat Blade International) to lead a series of multi-day kayaking seminars that hone our skills to a fine edge prior to the summer season. It’s exciting to see that finally other San Juan Island kayaking companies have followed our lead and recognized the importance of professional instruction for professional guides.
We also have several weeks of in-house training where we work on more skills, rescues, and risk management procedures. To back-up our risk management training, we have invested in the top safety equipment in the industry.
Even on our day-trips our guides carry a minimum of: VHF Marine radio, cell phones, Northwater towing systems, hand-held flares, aerial flares, smoke signals, a comprehensive repair kit, first-aid kits, extra clothes, charts, compasses, and rescue knives.
We also have great relationships with the local water-taxis, fishermen, whale watch companies, and tour boats in case there should ever be a need for a boat to come and pick us up.
Locally Owned and Operated
Owners Megan and Erik Schorr were born and raised here in western Washington. They have been on the waters of the Puget Sound their whole lives, and have guided and kayaked along every nook and cranny in the San Juans for over 20 years. Living here in Anacortes provides them with the opportunity to raise their two sons with the same experiences that they have had. For them Anacortes Kayak Tours is more than just a business, it’s the natural continuance of a way of life. Nothing pleases them more than to be able to share the experience with others.