Why choose Sea Quest for your Two Day Kayak Tour in the San Juan Islands?
If you have limited vacation time or want an introduction to camping where rain is a rare event, our two day sea kayak trips in the San Juan Islands are the perfect choice. The gorgeous snow-capped Olympic Mountains are more than mere scenery on this kayak tour – they make the San Juans the driest micro-climate along the Washington coast. Tiny cactus on the sea cliffs, and forests of massive green firs mixed with red-barked madronas create unusual contrasts. Rich beds of kelp wave rhythmically in the strong currents that bring nourishment to sea stars and diverse tidepool life.
We have excellent success in kayaking with orca whales on this adventure. We explore the ultimate killer whale habitat on both days of the kayak tour. We have encountered orca whales on over 60% of these kayak trips from May through July, and sightings continue into October. Many other exciting mammals are found: minke whales, harbor and Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, sea lions, mink and river otters. A peregrine falcon eyrie, numerous bald eagle nests, a pelagic cormorant rookery, colonies of guillemots, breeding black oystercatchers and kingfishers are just some of the avian features along the route. This kayak tour is also available as a Women's-Only Kayaking Vacation.
Quick Trip Facts
Scheduled weekends Saturday-Sunday - trip fee $349 plus $8 county launch tax.
Meeting Time & Place: 9:00am on San Juan Island. Look for our dark van with kayak trailer next to the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal in the traffic circle.
Day 1 Itinerary: Arrive at the launch beach, load the kayaks, and prepare everyone with the basic skills during a 1 hour instructional session. We launch directly into prime orca whale watching territory and must keep a sharp eye out for "blows" as we paddle. Heading north from San Juan Island, we explore numerous islets, rocks, and reefs rich in wildlife. Our paddling time may vary from 4 to 6 hours, covering 7 to 12 miles each day depending on sea conditions. To keep fresh, we take several floating rest stops throughout the day, plus one or more visits ashore for lunch and relaxation. As long as weather and currents allow, we will spend the night at a spectacular marine park on an outer island. After dinner there will be an optional paddle to either revel in the moonlight, or if there is no moon, to marvel at the bioluminescent life swirling in the waters like fairy dust.
Day 2 Itinerary: After enjoying the morning sunrise, we break camp and launch for another wonderful day of sea kayaking. We cover a similar distance as the day before, still sticking to the main thoroughfares of killer whales. After landing we reboard the van.
Finish Time & Place: Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal between 2:00 and 4:00pm. This allows you time to catch various departing ferries if you desire to leave the island that evening.
Our Two Day San Juan Islands Kayaking Tours were chosen as a:
● Top 10 Adventure Bargain in the World by USA Today Travel
Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions Provides:
Sea kayaks, all related sea kayaking trip gear, safety equipment, tents, cooking gear, breakfast & dinner, transportation to and from Friday Harbor and the launch beach, instruction and knowledgeable guiding.
You Will Provide:
Beach clothing, beach footgear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sleeping bag & pad, lunches. Click here for some tips on how to prepare for a San Juan Islands kayak tour.
Two Day San Juan Islands Kayaking Tours Map: The green shaded area is the main orca whale feeding and traveling route. We will be sticking very closely to the killer whale waters on both days of our two-day kayaking tour. We may also attempt a sunset or dawn hike to a clifftop lighthouse on Stuart Island that overlooks a great whale watching point. Please note that extreme winds or currents can rarely cause us to deviate from the primary orca route and these alternate paths are also illustrated.
Clicking on the map below opens a full-size map in PDF format that you can save, zoom, or print!