We saw every type of sea life and of course the Orcas - the highlight of our stay on San Juan island was this tour!
Sylvia S

Kayaking San Juan Island: An experience like none other

The San Juan Islands are the best place in the world to view killer whales, and viewing them from a kayak is an experience like none other. Our sister company San Juan Island Outfitters offers multiple sea kayaking tours daily, operating both out of Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor.

We are the exclusive kayak operator from Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. This allows us access to areas where no other kayak company can go. The location is ideal for kayaking and wildlife tours, as it is a combination of protected water and wildlife refuges. Free transportation provided from Friday Harbor – a quick 20-minute ride.

Kayak tours also depart from Friday Harbor, just steps from the Friday Harbor ferry landing. Your guide will walk you right down to our custom-made kayak docks and you will be on the water before you know it.

  • No experience necessary to kayak with us
  • We supply all kayaking equipment
  • We supply your professional kayak guide, who is also a marine naturalist
  • Our kayaks are hand-made, top of the line and glide without effort
  • We pride ourselves on maintaining all of our kayak equipment to the highest standards
Photo by John Sinclair

San Juan Outfitters Kayak Tour Options

San Juan Island Kayak Tour

5 hours

We developed this trip for paddlers who want to spend more time on the water. Best for advanced paddlers, our exclusive location at Roche Harbor allows us to paddle some of the most rugged and beautiful undeveloped shoreline in the San Juan Island and provides the best opportunity to see orca whales from the kayak. Voted one of the top 10 adventures by MSNBC.

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Sunset Roche Harbor Kayak Tour   

3 hours

Experience the beauty of our Sunset Tour from Roche Harbor. This tour combines our regular wildlife tour by kayak with the added bonus of an incredible sunset over the Canadian Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.   

The pace of this tour is a little slower than our normal 3-hour wildlife tour, but you’ll still have an opportunity to view most of the wildlife typically seen on any other tour. Departs from Roche Harbor. 

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Friday Harbor Kayaking Tour

3 hours

Our 3-hour San Juan Island Kayak tour departing Friday Harbor is more convenient for people without cars who are staying in Friday Harbor. It's also ideal for visitors who will only be on the island for half a day. Departs from Roche Harbor.

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Roche Harbor Kayaking Tour

3 hours   

This kayak tour is an excellent introduction to kayaking for anyone of any age. Families are welcome. No previous kayaking experience is required.

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Family Kayak Tours

3 hours

Our exclusive launching facility at Roche Harbor provides safe and easy access to the water, and our guides have extensive experience working with kids. Experience wildlife hands on: hold your first jellyfish, sea star and other shorelife! You might also have a chance to explore a kelp forest as you look for seals, otters and other marine life. Ages 6 years and up.

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