Half-Day Trips from Anacortes

Abundant wildlife, and beautiful San Juan Islands scenery are yours to enjoy on this 3-hour sea kayaking tour from Anacortes. A cluster of three islands and one National Wildlife Refuge are home to a large population of seals and porpoise, giving you a wonderful opportunity for meaningful encounters. In recent years Orca whale sightings have increased dramatically near Anacortes as the animals patrol the channels hunting for food.


April - September / Limited October - March

Per Person: $89 Adults | $79 Kids 12 and under | $109 Singles
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Your time is precious. Avoid the hassles associated with the Washington State Ferry and depart directly from beautiful Fidalgo Island, the only San Juan Island connected to the mainland by bridges. Join us!

Here are a few reasons you will love this popular trip:

  • Excellent wildlife viewing possibilities; Seals, porpoise, Bald eagles, Orca whales, and more!
  • Beautiful San Juan Islands scenery, a historic lighthouse, Olympic mountains views.
  • Undeveloped shorelines and quiet waterways. Avoid the summer crowds.
  • No Ferry Hassles! Save time, save money.

No Ferry Hassles!

Washington State has so many wonderful places to see. Maximize your time by experiencing kayaking in the San Juan Islands without planning around a ferry schedule. During the summer months the San Juan Islands ferry can often become a burden. Crowded boats and sailing delays are common and can frustrate your plans to see other places.

Anacortes is located on beautiful Fidalgo Island, the only island connected to the mainland by bridges, and you can drive directly to us. Our convenient location is just a short drive to many of Washington State’s most popular destinations.

Abundant Wildlife

The narrow passages between the islands on this kayak trip are home to one of the most studied populations of Harbor porpoise in Washington. Close encounters are not uncommon as they relentlessly pursue the abundance of food here. The nearby wildlife refuge provides protection for a large population of seals who give birth to their pups in the summer months. These curious animals often approach kayaks as if begging to be photographed. In recent years the dense population of marine mammals has created an explosion in the number of Orca whale sightings and we are now seeing them more than ever before. We never know when or where it will happen, so keep your eyes open!

Aside from the marine mammals, you are very likely to see Bald eagles, Peregrine falcons, and a variety of interesting sea birds. Deer and coyotes also swim between the islands which can often be viewed along the shoreline. On low tides a strange new world becomes exposed to kayakers and you will love to see these fascinating intertidal creatures.

Beautiful Scenery

The San Juan Islands are one of the most popular destinations in Washington State for a good reason. The mild climate and natural beauty cannot be beat. Kayaking from Fidalgo Island you will be treated to views of the Olympic Mountains and the maze of the San Juan Islands laid out before you.

The beauty isn’t limited to distant landmarks. You will be kayaking near Burrows Island, Allan Island, and Young Island. All three islands are characterized by rocky cliffs topped with grassy slopes, giving way to tangled forests of evergreen trees and flowering shrubs. Rising out of the depths are vast undersea forests of kelp which are home to an array of sea creatures and provide a protected rest area for both seals and sea kayakers.

No Experience Necessary

Like all of our tours, this 3-hour sea kayak trip requires no paddling experience. Your guide will take care of the details so that you can relax and enjoy the trip.

We have designed our day trips to be comfortable and fun outings. The goal is not to cover vast territory, but rather to move slowly and take in your surroundings. After all, the slower you go the more you will see! If you would prefer this to be a more strenuous activity then please give us a call. We may possibly be able to arrange a trip that suits your needs.

Single and Tandem Kayaks Available

Anacortes Kayak Tours is currently the only outfitter in the San Juan Islands to offer the choice of single kayaks or tandem kayaks for our guests. While tandem kayaks are the more comfortable choice for most people, we understand that some folks want to paddle their own kayak. If you choose a single kayak we recommend that you be in moderately good physical condition because you will not have a partner to help you propel the kayak. Supplies of single kayaks are limited so you should reserve early to ensure that you can secure one. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns.