San Juan Islands Kayaking: Orca Whale Watching in Washington


San Juan Islands Kayaking: Orca Whale Watching - Seattle Washington

Why choose Sea Quest for your
San Juan Islands Kayak Tour?

  • Best prices for tours in the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, or anywhere on the west coast.
  • Best routes for kayak orca watching.
  • Kayak routes include a National Monument, National Historical Park, National Wildlife Refuge, State & County Parks.
  • Camping on small, remote islands with abundant eagles, otters & seals.
  • Best trained biologist/naturalist guides.
  • Best and newest kayaks & paddling gear.














"My San Juan Islands kayaking vacation was indescribably phenomenal! We were surrounded by two pods of orca whales. Because of this incredible experience, I would rate the kayaking trip as superb, and I look forward to my next kayaking adventure. The equipment's quality made the sea kayak tour even more enjoyable. Thank you so much for one of the greatest vacations of my life!" Laura Liedtke, Beaverton, OR

Kayak Tours in the San Juan Islands

The beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington state are the most popular summer kayaking tour destination in the world. The San Juan Islands lie within the fertile waters of Puget Sound and straddle the Washington-Canada border. The rural archipelago encompasses several hundred islands, rocks, and reefs – thus creating a nearly equal number of twisting shoreline miles that are perfectly suited for exploration on sea kayak tours. Our rendezvous location in Friday Harbor is easily accessed from Seattle and nearby cities.

San Juan Island kayaking vacations are seldom perturbed by rainy weather. It is common to go 3-4 weeks or longer without rain during summer months. Our "banana belt" micro-climate is a result of the "rainshadow" cast by the Olympic Mountains. Plants of both rainforest and desert share the same islands, making it possible to witness massive 200-foot firs and dwarf cactus growing within sight of each other!

San Juan Islands kayaking trips offer the chance to witness abundant marine wildlife - often at close range. There are tidepools full of fascinating creatures, more than a hundred bald eagle nests, thousands of harbor seals, and millions of migrating salmon - a real wildlife safari in the San Juan Islands!

The most dramatic residents of the San Juan Islands are the orca whales - also known as killer whales. Pods with up to fifty family members live here and sightings of these intelligent orca whales occur on most of our San Juan Islands kayak tours. Our sea kayaking trips in the San Juan Islands are designed to visit the killer whales favorite feeding, traveling, and play areas. Sea Quest whale-watching kayak tours maximize your chances for an encounter with these awesome orcas!

San Juan Islands Kayaking Trips: Orca Whale Watching Tours  in Washington

San Juan Island Kayaking Trips in the Prime Orca Whale Waters

Our sea kayaking trips are led by the most professional and intensively trained guides in the San Juan Islands. We are the top San Juan outfitter when it comes to the preparation of our kayak guides and making your sea kayak tour the safest experience possible. Sea Quest believes that the best kayak guides are knowledgeable biologists and environmental scientists. We call our San Juan Islands kayak trips "adventures in learning"!

Our groups average six to eight participants, with a maximum of twelve, thereby ensuring intimacy and a personal touch. Our campsites are selected to show off the finest qualities of the islands. Campsites are primarily marine parks or private beaches reached only by boat or seaplane. Unlike many other San Juan outfitters, we avoid campsites accessible to cars.

Hopefully, Sea Quest Kayak Tours will be a part of your kayak vacation plans and I look forward to serving you in the future. Please call me if you have any questions. Remember, our kayak tours and local accommodations fill fast so reserve now to avoid disappointment!


Martine Springer
Kayak Expedition Director

P.S. – Detailed information on our San Juan Islands kayaking tours launching from Friday Harbor, Washington can be found by clicking on the blue tabs at the top of this page.

Orca Whale Safaris: San Juan Islands Kayaking Tours & Trips with Killer Whales

Our San Juan Islands Kayaking Tours
have been Selected as a:

● Top 10 Adventure Bargain in the World by USA Today Travel
● Top 20 American Adventure by the Guardian Observer
● Top 100 Global Adventure by Men's Journal Magazine

Kayaking in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound
Adventure Trips & Tours from Friday Harbor, Washington



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