Kayaking in the San Juans

Sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands with San Juan Safaris

Kayak the San Juan Islands

Kayakers travel from across the world to paddle in the serene waters that surround San Juan Island. Departing from the calm waters of Roche Harbor all kayak tours are great for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.

Kayak tours depart from the calm waters of Roche Harbor and are great for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Experience eagles, seals, porpoise, and sometimes even orcas from a kayak and get up close to marine invertebrates like sea stars and anemones.

Our exclusive launching site at Roche Harbor allows us to paddle along the beautiful and undeveloped shoreline along Henry and San Juan Island. Custom finger slips at our kayak dock mean no wet feet and easy entry and exit from the kayak. Guests paddle in top of the line double and triple kayaks and groups are never larger than 10 people. All kayak guides are professional and highly trained.

Roche Harbor is an easy 20 minute drive from Friday Harbor. Don’t have a vehicle? Ask us about our complimentary shuttle!

3 Hr Half Day Tour – $119/person

Ideal for first time paddlers or people with limited time, this 3hr tour passes through one of the most beautiful areas around San Juan Island. Departing 3 times a day from Roche Harbor, this tour is our most accommodating. Enjoy paddling in the calm waters around the north-west side of Henry Island and get views of local wildlife.


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3hr Family Half Day Tour – $119/person

Paddling is great for kids too! Children that are at least 6 years of age and their families will have a blast on this tour. Kayak Guides love getting children interested in the marine ecosystem and are great at reading children’s abilities and setting a good pace. Family Tours often stop at a Posey Island, a small state park island, for tide pooling and exploring. The Family Kayak Tour is sure to be a vacation favorite!

5 Hr Full Day Tour – $139/person

The 5hr paddle is ideal for experienced paddlers or beginners looking for adventure. Fully circumnavigating Henry Island, this tour never repeats ground and gives guests the best chance to view the most wildlife. Look for sea stars, crabs, seals, sea lions, eagles, and even larger marine mammals! Known as the proposed Whale Sanctuary, Orcas are often encountered in the waters off the west side of San Juan Island and Henry Island. This tour travels through this area and offers the best chances to view killer whales. Enjoy lunch on a pebble beach while soaking up the sun and views of the Canadian Gulf Islands to the north.

* The 5hr kayak is recommended for guests in good physical shape as there is typically 2+ hours of paddling before breaking for lunch.

Paddle and Fly – $399+/person

Turn any of our tours into a flight package! Fly with Kenmore Air directly from Lake Union to Roche Harbor for hassle free, easy and quick travel then join us for a Kayak Tour. Package includes roundtrip air and a Kayak Tour of your choice. Do a day tour with any kayak tour or stay overnight in Friday Harbor or at the historic Hotel De Haro in Roche Harbor.

2/3 Day Overnight Tours -$439+/person

Paddle to surrounding islands and camp at beautiful State Parks for an experience in the San Juans like no other! Overnight Tours are all inclusive, meaning we take care of all the gear (tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, etc.) and provide fresh and delicious meals! We use local and organic ingredients whenever possible and even grow some of our own veggies. Staying at Jones Island or Stuart Island, Overnight Kayak tours offer great hikes, sunsets, camp time by the fire, wildlife, and of course paddling in the beautiful waters around San Juan Island. Thinking about a longer trip or have an island you want to visit? Ask us about custom tours!


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