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Kayaking Puget Sound Washington- Kayak San Juan Islands WA

Kayaking through the San Juan Islands is a memorable experience you will never forget. The beauty and serenity of the San Juan Islands are legendary, earning top marks on many Must-See Must-Do lists. Paddling your own Sea Kayak enables you to silently glide through the water without disturbing the wildlife that is so abundant in these waters. On your kayak tour you may see bald eagles, porpoise, seals, and perhaps a pod of our resident Killer Whales.

Rent A Kayak And Explore

The San Juan Islands are home to numerous Kayak rental and Kayak Expedition outfitters offering a wide variety of Kayaking experiences, from basic 3-hour tours to multi-day paddling adventures making stops on numerous islands including Sucia Island Marine Park off Orcas Island's north shore, Matia, and Patos Islands.

Rates vary from one Kayak Tour Operator to another from about $75.00 for a multi-hour tour, $100.00 per day for self guided Kayak rental, and up to $700+ for 4 day luxury paddle tours with many perks including meals, sleeping bags and portage fees.

Kayaking is easy for beginners in reasonable physical shape. The efficient shape of kayak hulls allow you to glide along with a minimum of effort.

Washington State Ferry Docks At Lopez Island Patos Island Washington Orcas Island Faux Lighthouse
Patos Island Sign Approaching Patos Island From The South Patos Island Lighthouse
Pamphlets And Tourist Circulars Are A Great For Information And Discounts On Local Attractions In The San Juan Islands The San Juan Islands Washington Friday Harbor Washington
Friday Harbor Marina - San Juan Island Washington Patos Island Lighthouse Stands On Western Point Of Patos Island A Washington Ferry Enters Friday Harbor
Don't Try This At Home - Orca Whales Are Wild Animals - Keep Yourself Away From The Whales At A Safe Distance At All Times  Whale Watching Tours And  Excursions Depart From Bellingham's Cruise Terminal And Squalicum Marine Downtown BellinghamGetting To The San Juan Islands

Getting to the San Juan Islands via Washington State Ferry is as much fun as being here. The large, comfortable ferry take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest in the heart of Orca territory. Keep your camera handy. If the captain happens to see a pod of whales you may suddenly find yourself on an unexpected whale watching excursion. Time permitting, the captain may slow down or stop to allow passengers to observe and photograph the whales.

Washington State Ferries depart Anacortes and generally make stops on Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

Photo Of The Lonly Patos Light House Stands Guard Over The Shipping Lanes Between The U.S. and Canada

Be Killer Whale Wise - They Can Kill You
Whale Watching Guidelines and Best Practices are observed by Kayak Excursions and Whale Watching boats throughout the San Juan Islands.

Kayaking The San Juan Islands Is Fun For The Whole Family -- Except GrandmaOrcas are related to dolphins and tend to be more playful than menacing, however they are wild animals so you should always use common sense and keep a safe distance from the whales at all times.

Disturbing the whales is not only a wise thing to do, it is also the law now that the resident Orca Whale population has been put on the endangered species list. As a rule you should remain 200-400 yards from the whales. While you're watching the Orcas you may find on occasion the whales popping up much closer to you to get a look of their own and in some instances they may swim directly under you which can be a bit un-nerving for some people.

Save On Kayak Rentals & Whale Watching Tours

If you're coming to the San Juan Islands and plan to go on a Kayaking Tour or Whale Watching expedition it is "Whale" worth it to look for discount coupons both online and in tourist circulars and brochures found on board the Washington State Ferries in the upper-deck passenger areas. Most have an entire brochure wall with maps and information about the different islands. Some discount coupons offer 10%-20% off, or a dollar amount of $40.00 off or more for longer excursions.

Orcas Outdoors Sea Kayak Tours
Located by the ferry terminal.  Specializing in tours of West Sound.   Custom Tours Available. Hourly, Daily, Multi-day tours

Good choice if you are a walk-on aboard the Washington State Ferry. EZ location.

(360) 376-4611 or (360) 2376-2971
Sea Kayak Tours at West Beach Resort
Located on the northwest side of Orcas Island.  Has RV & Camping sites, Beachfront Cottages!
If you're an RV or Camping maniac, this is a good choice for you.


Spring Bay Kayak Tours
Located on the southeast corner of the island approximately 20 miles from the ferry landing. Kayak tours and brunch at the Spring Bay Inn.  Your a.m. kayak tour is included if you are a guest at the Inn!   Rates are $220-$260 per room. Owners are retired park rangers.
A luxurious way to experience Orcas island with all the knowledge of two ex-rangers on tap.

(360) 376-5531

Lieber Haven Resort & Marina Boat Rentals
Located on southeast Orcas Island.    Kayak, Motorboat & Sailboat Rentals, Whale Watching, General Store, Also,  Beachfront Cottages with no minimum nights stay, 
Great for a one night visit to Orcas Island.  Also whale watching tours.


Osprey Tours 
Located on the north shore of Orcas Island at Bartwood Lodge.  Traditional styled Sea kayak tours.  One hour, 1/2 day, all day, multi-day guided tours.
Excellent for crossings to Matia, Patos & Sucia Islands.  Venture into open water in the big leagues.   CLICK HERE


Shearwater Sea Kayak Tours
Located in Eastsound.   Guided 3-hour, full day & multi-day tours.   No experience required. Kayak skills classes available.
Like other kayak tours there  is no experience necessary and you can kayak with your honey in a 2 person kayak.  



Photo Beautiful Orca WhaleWhat To Bring On A Whale Watching Excursion

You can make the most of your Kayaking Adventure or Whale Watching tour by coming prepared with the proper clothing and equipment. As a rule you will want to wear comfortable clothing like t-shirts and sweatshirts along with a light coat or windbreaker.

The waters around The San Juan Islands are cool year round. When you are paddling you also become warm so you will want to take off your jacket and store it so be sure to wear a lightweight wind-resistant and perhaps water-resistant as well.

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