Recreational Activities

Kayaking Information


Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties

Adventure Quest Tours - Sea Kayaking & Whale-watching

- Join our biologist guides on a "Kayak Quest for Whales!" In our 20th year of operation, we know the best places to find wildlife - from killer whales to tidepool creatures. We offer half-day tours to Lime Kiln Whale Watch Park, camping trips from 2 to 5 days to the smaller islands featuring our private Orca Camp, and family or custom trips. Discounts for children offered - our three-person kayaks are perfect for kids. Unguided kayak rentals available for experienced kayakers. We also offer birding and wildlife tours on both land or sea, led by our local bird book author. For more information please call Martine Springer at 360 378-5767 or Toll Free 888-589-4253; visit:; email: P.O. Box 2424, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Body Boat Blade International

A kayak school and a kayak retail store. They specialize in high quality instruction for paddlers at any skill level. Certified instructors are committed to upholding the highest standards of coaching, leadership, and judgment in every program that they offer. Located at: 310 Prune Alley Road, Eastsound, WA 98245 For more information, please call Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme at: 360-376-5388 or visit:

Crystal Seas Kayaking

- Fun, safe and personal. Crystal Seas Kayaking offers small guided nature-oriented tours ranging from introductory 3 hour tours to full day excursions and multi-day expeditions. No experience necessary. For more information, please call Johannes Krieger at 360 378-4223 or Toll Free 877-SEAS-877; visit:; email: P.O. Box 3135, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Discovery Sea Kayaks

- Discovery Sea kayaks offers half to multi-day tours to small intimate groups, kayak rentals, sales and outfitting at our store located at 1 Spring Street, next to the ferry landing. "Quality Guides to Gear". For more information, please call Richard Swason at Toll Free 866-461-2559 or 360-378-2559; visit:; email: P.O. Box 2743, 1 Spring St. Friday Harbor.

Elakah Expeditions

Guided sea kayaking trips departing from Bellingham and Lopez Island. Offers half-day trips to multi-day adventures for individuals, small groups, corporate outings, wedding parties or educational field studies. For more information, please call: (800) 434-7270, (360) 734-7270 or visit:

Mitchell Bay Landing

- Boat, trailer, kayak rentals. Camping and Tours. Featuring family and small group retreats. Naturalist guided kayak tours launched off our retreat tidal beach. Chartered groups, beginners, sunset and open water day explorations. Located at: 2101 Mitchell Bay Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call 360 378-9296; visit:; email:

Moondance Sea Kayaking Adventures

Guided sea kayaking adventures around Bellingham’s local waters, the San Juan Islands or Canada’s Vancouver Island. Kayaks, gear and guides are included. Catered meals are a delicious option. Flexible scheduling for groups. For more information, please call: (360) 738-7664 or visit:

Orcas Island Kayaks

Is the source for kayak rentals with affordable hourly, half day and daily rates. We offer single, double and triple kayaks for rent. Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. We are located at Obstruction Pass, at Lieber Haven Resort and Marina, a very popular bird watching, fishing, and kayaking location. You do not have to be a resort guest to rent kayaks or rowboats. Enjoy the silence of sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands, at Lieber Haven Resort and Marina. Located at: 1945 Obstruction Pass Rd. Olga, WA 98279. For more information please call: 360-376-2472 or visit:

Orcas Outdoors Kayaking

Guided kayak adventures depart from their commercial kayak dock located uphill and next to the Orcas Ferry Landing. Two hour guided trips are expertly crafted, fascinating and fun. You'll be watching for bald eagles, harbor seals, river otters, sea birds and other varieties of tidal sea life. Twenty-four hour overnight tours explore some of the San Juan's most spectacular paddling and wildlife viewing destinations. Located at: 8292 Orcas Road, Orcas, WA 98280. For more information, please call Ryan, Mamie or Amee Forbes, owners/operators for over 12 years at: 360-376-4611 or visit:

Osprey Tours Sea Kayak Adventures

At Osprey Tours we seek to offer sea kayak tours with a difference... We have been guiding kayak tours in the San Juan Islands for 15 years. The difference is that we handcraft our kayaks at our shop here on Orcas Island. They are designed in a traditional style consistent with the kayaks crafted by the Aleutians of Alaska. As of September 2004 we now have a new location at Bartwood Lodge Resort on the north side of Orcas Island. Located at: 217 Cedarhill Road, Eastsound, WA 98245. For more information, please call 360-376-3677 or visit:

Outdoor Odysseys Kayak Tours

- Outdoor Odysseys has been offering quality, San Juan Island adventure-kayak trips since 1986. Trips feature whale watching, birding, fine Dutch oven cuisine, natural history, quality equipment, small groups, and personable naturalist/guides. For more information, please call Clark Casebolt at the following phone numbers: 360-378-3533, 206-361-0717 or toll free at 800-647-4621; visit:; email: 86 Cedar St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 and 12003 23rd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125

San Juan Excursions

- Whale sightings guaranteed on all scheduled whale watch trips! Breaching orcas, soaring eagles, playful porpoises, curious seals - daily departures May thru Sept. aboard USCG certified vessels. (1/2 blk. from ferry) All trips with experienced naturalist guides. Offering group rates, private boat charters, and sea kayak tours. For more information, please call Pete & Erin Ancich at 360-378-6636 or 800-80-WHALE (24/7 hotline). Located at: #2 Spring St. Landing, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information visit:

San Juan Island Marine Center

- San Juan Island Marine Center – in Spring Street Landing, on the waterfront in Friday Harbor, SJI Marine offers a variety of activities to get visitors out onto the water. Rent family-safe Hobie pedal kayaks, small boats, electric powered dinghies, or radio control tugboats. Explore the Port, Brown Island, and the protected harbor from the water, or take a short ride to the Turn Island State Park for a hike and a picnic, or go fishing or crabbing. SJI Marine also provides yacht brokerage and marine repair services at our slips on the Fuel Pier. Call us, or stop by our store to find out about our newest activities. Located at: #4 Front Street, Suite "C" Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information, please call Mike & Janice Close at 360-378-6202 or visit:

San Juan Kayak Expeditions

- The most experienced kayaking company in the San Juans. Offering 3 and 4 day expeditions. Paddle with orcas, otters, porpoise and bald eagles. 27th Season. Located at: P.O. Box 2041, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call Tim Thomsen at 360-378-4436 or visit:

San Juan Outfitters LLC

- San Juan Outfitters Whale Watch & Wildlife Tours, Sea Kayak Tours, and multi-sport custom tours. Departing from the best location in the San Juan Islands for outdoor activities, our exclusive Roche Harbor Adventure Center. There is no better way to experience the islands than by getting on the water. Whether by boat, or sea kayak, the San Juan Islands offer spectacular wildlife viewing. Join us for an outdoor adventure. We are known for our high level of customer service, enthusiastic and engaging naturalist guides, and low guide to guest ratio. Located at: P.O. Box 325, Roche Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call 360-378-1962 or Toll Free: 866-810-1483; visit:;

San Juan Safaris

- A company is known for providing high quality, small group size whale watching & wildlife tours. Sea Lion, is a new, 55 ft vessel, warm and comfortable, walk around deck, U.S. Coast Guard Certified and fast. The faster speed gives greater range and more whale sightings. No one sees whales more than San Juan Safaris, over 95%. Enjoy the thrill of seeing one of the most impressive animals on the planet – the orca whale. Serious Fun. Limited space, reserve your adventure now! Located at: 2 Spring St. Landing #6, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. For more information please call Colleen Johansen at Toll Free 800-450-6858 or 360-378-1323 or visit:

Shearwater Sea Kayak Tours

Experience the San Juan Islands by sea kayak. Explore stunning shorelines and islets with trails and tide pools. Eagles, seals & porpoise are common sightings. Small groups in stable double kayaks led by experienced guides. 3-hour and Day Tours offered from several locations on Orcas Island. Scheduled and custom tours available. No experience necessary. Located at: 138 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA 98245. For more information, please call: 360-376-4699 or visit:

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