Half Day Kayak Tours from Friday Harbor / San Juan Island

Outstanding scenery, abundant wildlife, and one of the most protected routes anywhere in the San Juan Islands. This is a favorite kayaking trip for beginners and families with children. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of many of the outer San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Paddle out into the “Orca Highway” and search for pods of Killer whales, and enjoy great views of Harbor seals resting on outlying rocks.

If your plans include a stay in Friday Harbor then you won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity!


April - September

Per Person: $99
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Here are a few reasons you will love this popular trip:

  • Calm water, beautiful San Juan Islands scenery.
  • Kayaking along the “Orca Highway”, possible whale encounters
  • Lots of seals, porpoise, Bald eagles, and other interesting wildlife.
  • Great for beginners and families.

Abundant Wildlife

The calmer waters on the north-side of San Juan Island provide habitat for a variety of interesting wildlife. Your kayaking route will take you near Battleship Island, a national wildlife refuge and home to a dense population of Harbor seals. In thick kelp forests you’ll find many interesting sea creatures that hide here. Bald eagles keep watch from the shoreline trees and the sharp chatter of Kingfishers fill the air. You are kayaking along the Orca Highway so keep your eyes open for whales!

Beautiful Scenery

Departing from a quaint historic resort, you begin your trip in a beautiful place. Historic buildings on the hillside provide a scenic backdrop to the modern yachts in the marina. As you leave the harbor you are treated to wild views into the Canadian Gulf Islands the outer San Juan Islands. The protected northwest side of San Juan Island provides warm and quiet marine air filled with an intoxicating fragrance of evergreen trees and sea life. On San Juan Island there is no place more peaceful than here.

No Experience Necessary

Like all of our tours, this 3-hour sea kayaking trip requires no paddling experience. Your professional guide will take care of the details so that you can relax and enjoy the trip. Our day trips are 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!

For your comfort and security we custom designed special sea kayak docks that make entering and exiting our kayaks almost effortless. The first few minutes of this kayak tour are in the bathtub-like conditions of the marina. This allows folks who have never been sea kayaking before to settle in and get comfortable in the kayak.

There is something new around every corner on this kayaking tour. Our knowledgeable kayak guides are always on the lookout for seals, eagles, porpoise, and of course…Orca whales.

Although we pride ourselves on not making unreasonable claims in regards to sea kayaking with Orca whales, this trip presents great opportunities to see the whales, and many of the other creatures who call the San Juan Islands home.

Everyday is different, but one thing is certain, you will enjoy your experience of kayaking in one of the most outstanding places in Washington State.