Women Kayaking Vacations: Orca Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands


Women Kayaking Vacations in the San Juan Islands: Orca Whale Watching Tours - Seattle Washington

Why choose Sea Quest for your Women Kayaking Tour in the San Juan Islands?

  • Lowest priced kayaking vacations in the San Juan Islands - an excellent value!
  • Our Expedition Director is a woman - that's Martine Springer in the photo. She knows how to create a supportive atmosphere where women are comfortable experiencing new activities & places.
  • Kayak the stunning seashores & lighthouses of the rugged San Juan Islands nearest Canada.
  • Best route for kayaking with orca whales anywhere in the US with over 80 resident orcas.
  • Camp on smaller, remote islands with abundant harbor seals, river otters & bald eagles.
  • Sea Quest has been leading kayaking vacations in the San Juan Islands since 1989 and has the longest unblemished safety record thanks to extensively trained guides and newest kayaks & safety gear.

Women-only Kayaking Vacations in the San Juan Islands

Join us for your summer vacation on a women-only kayak tour from San Juan Island. Enjoy the sunny and scenic surroundings the archipelago offers to get outdoors in a safe and supportive environment with like-minded women. Our female guides can take you sea kayaking in the premiere orca whale watching waters, regardless of your experience level. Sea Quest was the first company to offer women kayak trips from San Juan Island, the first outfitter based here to have women guides, and the first to have a woman in the role of expedition director and partner.

Women Kayaking Vacations: Killer Whale Watching in the San Juan IslandsSo come and experience the best that the San Juan Islands offer: beautiful beaches, remote islands, rugged mountain views, and inspiring sunrises and sunsets. The region boasts the driest summer climate of anywhere in the US so the chance or rain spoiling your vacation is quite low. Excellent weather, abundant whales and wildlife, and hundreds of islands combine to make our women-only tours the ultimate sea kayaking vacation and camping adventure.

Sea Quest has two, three, and five-day women kayaking vacations scheduled on our tour calendar. But if you can’t find a scheduled trip that works for you, don’t hesitate to let us know what your ideal dates are and we will schedule a custom tour to suit your needs. Please read the co-ed kayak trip descriptions to learn more about features common to all of our San Juan Islands kayaking tours.

Quick Trip Facts
Schedule: two, three, and five-day women-only kayaking vacations are available throughout the summer and the dates are posted on our kayak trip calendar. Also available on a custom basis for any length women kayak tour if you can't find a scheduled trip date that works for your party.
Woman-only kayak tour fees:
2-day tour $349, 3-day trip $569, 5-day expedition $869; plus $8 county launch tax..
Meeting Place: Look for our dark van with kayak trailer just to the right of the Ferry Terminal in the traffic circle.
Meeting Time: Except for custom trips, 8:00am Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal, San Juan Island.
First Day’s Itinerary:
Begin by loading kayaks at the launch beach, than an hour-long kayaking lesson to prepare everyone with the basic skills. Your guide will frequently give instructions to improve skills throughout the kayak adventure. We launch directly into the premiere killer whale watching waters and will be watchful for blows and fins. Turning north and away from San Juan Island, we weave a course through countless islets and rocks home to marine wildlife. Kayaking time ranges from 4 to 6 hours, covering 7 to 12 miles each day with flexibility for changing sea conditions and group goals. A couple of shore breaks each day, plus numerous floating rest stops will maintain our energy. First night’s campsite is at a stunning marine park on an outer island, provided suitable weather allows.
Middle Day(s) Itinerary:
Following morning sunrise, we have all day to explore in our sea kayaks. Each day gives us access to the primary orca whale and porpoise habitat. Spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, and mountains of nearby Canada are seen at every turn. Our exact route will depend on currents, winds, and group interests. We may choose to stay a second night at camp and accept the challenge of circumnavigating an island in light kayaks, or load it all up and move to another camp. We could also decide for an easy day and paddle to a nearby beach to wait for transiting orca whales. The latter plan give us plenty of time to hike 5½ miles round trip to a high sea cliff and charming lighthouse that overlooks the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Our clifftop viewpoint is excellent for observing whales and porpoises that hunt in the strong currents below. As the sun sets, it colors the glassy waters with subtle hues and silhouettes the island montage.
Final Day’s Itinerary:
After another hearty breakfast we set course for San Juan Island. As in previous days, many of the islets we pass are included in the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Hopefully, the orca whale watching will be good as we stick to best waters for locating the resident pods. Back on San Juan Island the van returns us to Friday Harbor.
Finish Time & Place:
Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Many ferries are scheduled to depart that afternoon and evening so you will be able to return to the mainland if you wish.

Our San Juan Islands Kayak are 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

Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions Provides:
Sea kayaks, all related sea kayaking equipment, radio and safety equipment, cooking equipment, tents, breakfasts & dinners, courtesy transport to and from Friday Harbor and the launch beach, kayaking instruction and expert women kayak guides.

You Will Provide:
Outdoor clothing, beach footgear, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lunches, sleeping bag & pad. Click here for some tips on how to prepare for a San Juan Islands kayak tour.

Join a Women’s Kayaking Vacation in the San Juan Islands