San Juan Island Day Kayak Tours
Orca Search by Kayak / Five Hours
Priced from $95/person
Best For: Advanced paddlers who want to spend more time on the water, and view the San Juan sealife.
Summary: We developed this trip 5 years ago for our customers who wanted to spend more time on the water. Our exclusive location at Roche Harbor allows us to paddle some of the most rugged and beautiful undeveloped shoreline in the San Juan Islands. We also spend much of our time in Haro Strait, on the west side of San Juan Island, giving our clients the best opportunity to see Orca (killer) Whales, porpoise, seals, and other marine wildlife. This terrain is similar to what you would experience on our shorter trip, except you spend more time on the water, and have lunch on a remote pebble and sand beach overlooking Haro Strait and the Olympic Mountains.
We feel the Roche Harbor departure location, and the fact that we also operate a commercial whale watch vessel with which we communicate, gives our five hour kayak trip the best opportunity to see whales from a sea kayak. Last year, our 5-hour kayak tours saw whales roughly 25% of the time. This statistic is higher some weeks. Just ask our guide Rebecca, who saw whales more than any other guide last year. While our chances are good, we feel that it would be disingenuous to not explain that whales can swim at 30 mph and a good kayaker might paddle 3 mph. While Orca Whale sightings from kayaks are frequent in the summer months, those who want the greatest chance of seeing Orca Whales should consider a trip on our whale watch vessel, which has a 90% sighting rate.