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Why San Juan Outfitters see whales more often
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Many of our guests want the “straight scoop” on why we see whales more than other sea kayak companies.  Here is the short answer from Brian Goodremont, owner. He is  a 15 year veteran sea kayak guide and whale watch boat captain. (meet the owner)

We see whales more often on our sea kayak tours for a two key reasons. The first is that we are the only sea kayak tour company that also operates whale watch boats.

We often know where the whales are each day and can structure our routes and timing to maximize the chance of a whale encounter.

Our whale watch boats are part of a proprietary whale watch network where whale locations are shared. That information is passed along to the kayak guides if whales appear to be moving into the area.

The second reason is that our kayak routes for day trips and overnights trips travel through waters where the whales spend quite a bit of time. This is according to 20 years of scientific data. 

We kayak, not only the west side of San Juan Island, but northern Haro Strait and other areas not accessible to other tour companies.  This is due to our exclusive, used only by San Juan Outfitters, launch location at Roche Harbor

We never exaggerate the frequency of seeing orca whales on our tours. The routes are designed to provide guests an overall wildlife and kayak experience, regardless of whale sightings. 

San Juan Island Overnight Kayaking Trips

Sea Kayak Vacations - 2 day, 3 day, 4 day and 5 day overnight kayak trips

Kayak camping trips in the San Juan Islands will put you in one of the most amazing ecosystem in the world. While kayaking, you will be viewing many types wildlife from a seal's eye view.

The San Juan Islands are one of the World's TOP sea kayaking destinations. Nowhere else in North America can you experience the variety of unique and even endangered species on a day or an overnight kayak tour. San Juan Outfitters provides the highest quality day, multi-day, and overnight sea kayak tour experience.

Our guests enjoy first-rate kayak equipment, scenic camping locations, delicious made-from-scratch meals, and remarkable wildlife experiences.

Rest assured, you will be under the watchful care of our expert kayak guides. Don't see the exact kayak vacation itinerary that you are looking for? We love to design custom San Juan Island vacation kayaking tours for those with something special in mind. There is sure to be kayak tour that will fit your schedule. We specialize in Week-end kayak vacations.

Family Kayak Vacations

Family specific kayak tours emphasize a hands-on wildlife experience. Your child can hold their first jellyfish, or sea star (star fish).  Kayak with guides who understand and enjoy children.

2-Day Family Kayak Trips

3-Day Family Kayak Trips

Sea Kayak Vacations

overnight kayak trip with battleship island in the background off san juan island

Designed to provide guests with a great sampling of the scenery, wildlife, and paddling terrain. This scenery is what make the San Juan Islands top sea kayaking territory.

2-Day Kayak Overnight Trips

3-Day Kayak Overnight Trips


Private Specialty Kayak Tours

Private Overnight Kayak Trip with Birthday Celebration Group

Private kayak camping vacations, biking-hiking-kayak vacations and more. We can customize an itinterary just for you. We love helping guests plan their kayaking vacations.

Kayak Trips Customized to You

Kayaking with Killer Whales

kayaking with orca whales off san juan island a kayak group looks on

Overnight kayak camping with a great sampling of the scenery, wildlife with the best opportunity to kayak with killer whales. Paddle the waters that make the San Juan Islands famous for  kayaking with orca whales.

Whale Trips by Kayak