If you are an experienced sea kayaker, you may be eligible to rent one of our top quality tandem or solo sea kayaks on San Juan Island. Before you consider this option, you should know that the San Juan Islands are prone to strong currents, and weather forecasting can be tricky for those who don’t have ample experience in this region. For those reasons and more, we require our kayak rental customers to have a significant amount of prior paddling experience. To be eligible, you will need to have practiced self-rescue skills, and for those who wish to rent a solo kayak it is best if you provide us with some form of proof, such as a certificate or letter, from your instructor or school where you learned these techniques. Give us a call if you have any questions about this.
If you’d like to be approved for a kayak rental in the San Juan Islands, please provide us with the following information for the rental trip leader: your experience level, past sea kayaking experiences, rescue training experience, self-rescue techniques you are adept at, your proposed trip plan route and itinerary with dates. Other members of your group should provide similar information.
If you don’t have the experience needed to rent a kayak on your own, check out our guided kayak rentals where you can rent a sea kayak under the supervision of one of our experienced kayak guides.
Why choose our quality
Kayak Rentals on San Juan Island?
- Best kayak rental prices in Washington’s San Juan Islands.
- Best launch points for orca whale watching in the US.
- Fully-outfitted tandem and solo kayaks made for all sea conditions.
- We can deliver the kayaks to most beaches on San Juan Island.
Sea Kayaking Rental for the San Juan Islands
Our San Juan Islands rental kayaks are made by Boreal Design and Wilderness Systems. Both are the highest quality expedition-style sea kayaks made.
Tandem kayak rentals are the 19.5-foot long Esperanto model with 2 bulk-headed compartments and a third center hatch that accesses another storage area. The Esperantos are suitable for beginners to top level paddlers, provided they have an experienced trip leader.
Rental Fees Include Werner paddles, fitted skirts, quality PFD’s, rescue float, rescue streamer, pump, and bilge sponge.
Optional Fees are applied for renting equipment not included in the package such as VHF radios, tents, etc. You can also rent one our expert kayak guides for a guided rental to take advantage of their local knowledge and skills in finding and identifying wildlife. Our guides can also provide instruction to improve your skills and counsel on safe decision-making throughout your kayaking trip.
Delivery / Pickup Shuttle Fees are not included. Self-transport can be accomplished if you have a strong roof rack and secure straps. If you lack straps and/or saddles we have them available for $10/day per kayak. Most people who require shuttles only want their kayaks delivered and picked up and meet us at their chosen beach. Others want us to shuttle their group which often incurs more time and miles. Shuttles up to 15 total miles for a maximum of 3 kayaks and 6 passengers costs $40 each way on San Juan Island. Shuttles for longer distances or more kayaks or people are $80 each way. Shuttles to other ferry-served islands costs $60 per hour. Non-ferry-served outer islands require water taxis and rates are determined by quote.
Group Discounts for kayak rentals and shuttles are available. We can transport larger fleets of rental kayaks for church groups, boy scouts, and family reunions using our custom trailers. These groups often prefer to have an expert guide accompany their kayak trip and should refer to our webpage for guided kayak rentals for details and fees.
Our Standard Kayak Rental Fees are shown below. The fees are based on a calendar day. For each full or partial day you rent the kayak a full day’s fee is charged. There are no hourly or partial day rates. Kayak rental fees include paddles, skirts, PFD’s, rescue float, rescue streamer, pump, and bilge sponge.
|Kayak Rental Fees||1 Day||2 Days||3 Days||4 Days||5 Days|
|Solo – Tempest 170||$89||$159||$209||$259||$299|
|Tandem – Esperanto||$109||$189||$259||$329||$399|