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San Juan Island Kayaking with Whales - Day Tours

The 5-hour orca search by kayak tours deparst from our exclusive kayak finger docks at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Our kayak-specific docks provide our guests the safest and most convenient way to enter and exit their kayaks.
These custom-made docks keep you from getting wet. And no need to drag a kayak to the water.

Kayak Tours 5-hour Orca Search by Kayak

You will have a great experience kayaking the San Juan Islands. Our 5-hour orca search by kayak is designed for experienced paddlers and/or people that are somewhat athletic. Expect to be paddling about 4 of the 5 hours. The tour does make stops along the way to view wildlife while in the kayak. Someone with little upper body strength may find this kayak tour a bit too rigorous.

At the dock, the tour starts with a professinal guide assisting you with kayak gear. Then your guide will give a brief paddle and safety talk.

This kayak tour also usually sees bald eagles, harbor seals, and all types of unusual sea birds. When the tide is right, you might discover colorful tide pool critters. You guide will tell you a bit about each one.


There are magnificent panoramic views of surrounding mountains and other islands. Plus, the shorelines you will pass by are a delight to the eye.

Sea Kayaking with Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca)

The San Juan Islands are considered the best place in the world to kayak with Orca Whales (Orcinus Orca) in the wild. Our 5-hour Orca Search By Kayak, departing from the west side and north side of San Juan Island, offers our guests the best opportunity to observe these killer whales in the wild.

Why San Juan Outfitters sees whales more than any other kayak touring company

We are the only sea kayak tour company that also operates daily whale watch tours by boat.
As member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA )and current US President, we belong to a spotting network for whale sightings. Our whale watch captains share whale information hourly with our kayak guides. This increases your chances of kayaking with Killer Whales.

Our tours are designed to offer our guests an amazing sea kayaking and wildlife experience - regardless of Killer Whales. But, your chances of seeing orca whales are best on one of San Juan Outfitter's kayak tours.

Here are the tours that offer the best chance of seeing Killer Whales

  • 5-Hour Whale Sanctuary Tour – Departs Daily from San Juan County Park and Roche Harbor $105 w/o flight
  • above with round trip flight from Seattle $350
  • 5-Hour Orca/Wildlife Search – Departs Daily from Roche Harbor $99 w/o flight
  • above with round trip flight from Seattle $345

Learn about tides, the history of the islands, the geography of the area and the people who inhabit the islands.

Kayak equipment

San Juan Outfitters uses North West touring, hi-end, state of the art, double kayaks and triple kayaks. They are stable and easy to steer. Dry bags for your camera, snack or lunch are provided. Spray skirts will keep you cozy and dry. The paddles are fiberglass – light weight, easy to use and hold.

Our exclusive contract, at historic Roche Harbor, allows us to paddle the most beautiful, undeveloped shoreline in the San Juan Islands. Kayak finger docks, make entry and exit from a kayak easy. This means you will not be dragging a kayak down a beach and you will not be getting wet.

Trip includes

  • 5-hour, professionally guided nature tour by kayak
  • All kayak equipment
  • Optional round trip flight - additional charge

What you need to bring on your kayak whale search
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, extra batteries, wear loose fitting clothing and flat rubber soled shoes. 

5 Hour Full Day “Orca Search” by kayak from Roche Harbor April 5 - October 18 11AM $99 / per person  
5 Hour West Side County Park “Killer Whale Sanctuary” July 1 - Aug 31 11AM $105 / per person

 

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