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Beginner Kayak Rentals in Friday Harbor – Safe and Stable Tandem Kayaks for Rent!

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Beginner Kayaking Rentals on San Juan Island

Beginner kayakers can now rent kayaks in Friday Harbor with no experience necessary.

Our tandem rental kayaks are very stable and a safe choice for those concerned about kayaking safety. This stability makes the kayaks very easy to get in and out of.

Beginner rentals are an excellent choice for groups of friends or family. Two cockpits offer flexibility – especially when paddling with children!

Beginner rentals offer more flexibility in timing and a more private experience without the high price tag of a custom guided tour!

Beginner Kayak Rental Prices

  • 3hr rental – $89 / person
  • 6hr rental – $109 / person
  • Extra fees apply for shuttles and solo kayaks – explained in our online reservation system

Let Us Do The Moving!

We make your experience convenient by providing transportation to and from the beach. If you have your own car we can meet you at the beach with your kayaks. If you would like to pick the kayaks up from our base of operations, you may do so provided you have kayak racks or cross bars on your vehicle.

Our kayak rentals are exclusive to Griffin bay the most protected and placid location off of San Juan Island. Griffin bay is home to many interesting marine birds, harbor seals and sometimes even whales! You can also paddle to and hike in American Camp, the national historic park located on the south end of San Juan Island.

San Juan Island Beginner Kayak rentals are for either 3hrs or 6hrs and start at 12pm. If you wish to rent for longer or for a pickup or drop off that start at a different time please give our office a call and we can assist you with a customized experience.

Sea Quest only rents kayaks that are top quality – our kayaks offer better performance than standard recreational or sit-on-tops but are just as easy to use! Tandem Esperantos are high-performance sea kayaks designed for open ocean and rough seas. These quality rental kayaks are equipped with special outfitting that accommodate all body sizes and shapes while providing excellent control and comfort. They intuitive steering system allows you to control the direction the boat moves with very minimal effort!

Those looking to paddle outside of Griffin bay into more exposed waters should read our eligibility requirements for advanced kayak rentals in the San Juan Islands from Friday Harbor to see if you qualify. Feel free to call us if you have questions about your skill levels for renting a kayak outside of Griffin bay.

If you are interested in paddling with one of our guides, view our list of guided kayak trips and make your reservation now!


  • Best rental kayak prices in Friday Harbor for high-quality safe and stable sea kayaks.
  • Best kayaking region on San Juan Island for novice paddlers.
  • All Kayaks are GPS tracked to ensure customers stay in safe and protected waters.
  • GPS tracking units have capsize detection and mobile notifications to our office!
  • New tandem kayaks designed with rudders which makes steering a breeze.
  • No car-topping necessary! We can trailer kayaks to the beach and save you time and trouble!

Ready to Start Your Adventure?


Accommodations in Friday Harbor are numerous and diverse. To have the most flexibility, book your stay as far in advance as possible. Options include:

We highly recommend the Earthbox Inn and Spa – 360-378-4000

Getting Here

Travel to San Juan Island and Friday Harbor from Seattle, WA is very easy. Drive, transit or taxi 1.5 hours north to Anacortes, WA.

how to get to San Juan Island and Friday harbor Washington State mapFrom the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, enjoy a ferry ride to Friday Harbor, the main town on San Juan Island.

How to get from Anacortes to San Juan Island using the Washington State Ferry Friday Harbor is centrally located, close to accommodations, activities and the Ferry Terminal.

Gear List

We provide the following:

  1. Chart – map of safe paddling zones.
  2. GPS unit which alerts you if you are too far from land.
  3. Rescue Float.
  4. Emergency signal streamer.
  5. Bilge pump.

What you need to bring:

Beach clothing, beach foot wear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lunch. Bring a hat, warm sweater and rain jacket if cool, cloudy, windy or rainy.

No prior experience is required. Our beginner rental routes are set so that the paddling environment is safe and enjoyable.

Maps & Routes

Maps will be provided for your rental. We only allow renters to launch from safe protected zones indicated on the maps!

Please Note:

Be aware that whales, winds or currents can occasionally delay our other rentals/tours so we may not always instantly available for shuttles! But we try are hardest to be responsive and to communicate effectively in regards to our logistical/shuttle coordination.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you rent a kayak in the San Juan Islands without experience?

Yes! You can absolutely rent a kayak in the San Juan Islands without experience. Our rentals are super safe and only go out in protected areas.

What happens if I capsize?

Despite the risk of capsizing being extremely low, capsizing does occasionally occur with use of our rental sea kayaks. Fortunately our routes are never far from shore so you can swim for land or flip the kayak back over and re-enter with the use of your paddle float.

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