Discovery Sea Kayaks
Gear Rentals • Hiking & Camping Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing • Day Trips
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In the heart of downtown Friday Harbor, we offer a range of San Juan Kayak Tours and Bike Rentals. Kayak Tours range from a half-day, Bioluminescence Kayak Tours to multiple days out camping on the outer islands. Our signature Full Day, Half Day and Sunset Kayak Tours travel routes best to encounter whales and marine wildlife. Our multi-day kayak tours range from 2 to 5 days with the 3-day kayak tour being our most popular. We provide all the equipment and cook every meal with fresh locally sourced foods. We are proud to employ a small group of professional guides that are extremely skilled kayakers and trained naturalists. Safety, Education, and Adventure are ensured with our amazing team of guides. We operate some of the smallest group sizes to ensure each kayak tour provides a personal experience. Our downtown location is the perfect starting point for exploring the island by bike. We have the largest electric bike rental fleet on the island and quality traditional bikes as well.
Friday Harbor, Washington

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2022

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Laura E
2 contributions
Jul 2022
Whoa yes! Do it! The closer we got to our launch date, the more nervous I became about kayaking in open ocean with large mammals. But our crew was so amazing, that fear dissipated the instant we hit the water. My son said, "it was as if we were kayaking in a swimming pool it felt so safe". Rick was a wonderful guide, a great chef, sommelier (oh yes, there was wine), and psychologist for my daughter when she got the jitters. It brings tears to my eyes what we all accomplished on that journey. My 19-year-old said, "I have never felt so alive. I have seen color hues I have never seen before; heard sounds I have never heard before..." He cancelled facebook, instagram and twitter as soon as we got back to "civilization". And he vowed to live the rest of his life in this kind of richness. DO IT!!!!!

Big thanks to Ellie and Carly too - who coaxed Tia through the deep waters by making an extended raft island around her and talking through the whole experience with her. You need to know that what you do is remarkably life changing y'all! My heart is full.
Written July 15, 2022
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Laura, Thank you for sharing your experience and how impactful getting outside can be. Working in the outdoor industry it is one of the main goals is to help people connect and reconnect to nature and we really appreciate you letting us know that we hit the mark. Rick does a great job out there and being a guide is a multifaceted job. Carrley and Ellie are great and connect well with everyone. They are both on their way to their own leadership roles on our multi-day kayak tours. Thanks for paddling with us and for sharing.
Written July 17, 2022
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Kristin M
Seattle, WA45 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed a half day tour of San Juan's west side with Rick. This was our first time sea kayaking and it did not disappoint! Rick gave us the full 101 on our gear and kayaks, but the best part was his knowledge of San Juan's ecosystem and the island's history. Rick's passion for kayaking and island living made what would've been an ordinary excursion an exceptional experience. If you're looking to book a kayak tour on San Juan, I would highly recommend Discovery Sea Kayaks - their guides are top notch who are invested in providing their guests with a personalized experience. Thanks Rick for an awesome day on the water! Cheers Kristin & Sean.
Written May 15, 2022
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Thanks for taking a moment to leave us such a nice review and really awesome comments for Rick. He, along with all of us here, really loves sharing the San Juan's and it is always great to get feedback. Thanks again for choosing to paddle with us and hope we see you again.
Written May 24, 2022
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Adventure Mouse
1 contribution
Jul 2020
My bf and I went on the bioluminescence kayak tour (July 2020) and it was amazing. Its an experience of a lifetime, and the professionalism of the staff was amazing. Kelly, our tour guide, was amazing. She explained so much to us, gently reminded the rowdy teenagers to quiet down (thank you!), and kept us safe. Her instructions were clear and easy to follow, and she did a fantastic job of telling us about the area, the bio-luminescence effect, animals we might hear or sea in the area and more. I've recommended this tour and this company probably a half dozen times in the past week. If you want a trip that is amazing, magical and comfortable book here!

COVID specific: protocols were followed, masks observed actually on the entire island but definitely by staff. Part of the reason I've recommended it so often to people because its something amazing you can do that is low risk for COVID
Written August 3, 2020
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Thanks again for joining us and taking time to leave us reviews. We really appreciate it.
Written August 6, 2020
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Tom M
Royal Oak, MI2 contributions
Sep 2021
This trip was incredible. I was admittedly a little nervous about sea kayaking when we started. The folks at Discovery provided great gear for the water and camp. Rick, our guide, is knowledgeable about the islands, the water, the tides and currents, and safety. We both felt comfortable about the course we took and his decisions on the water, even when it got a little choppy.

The camping gear was sufficient and on-par with what we have for personal use. The meals and wine pairings prepared by Rick tasted as good as anything you'd find in a restaurant. He picked a great menu, had plenty of snacks for us. Having something more than standard camp food at the end of the day was something to look forward to after hours of paddling.
Written September 13, 2021
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Tom, Thank you for taking a moment to leave a review of your 3 Day Kayak Tour with Rick. Rick is a great kayak guide and you can't find a better camp chef. Happy that you enjoyed is work and you had a great trip. Thanks again for paddling with us.
Written September 14, 2021
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Rachel F
4 contributions
Jul 2022
The bioluminescent kayaking tour was better than we could’ve imagined. We went on a grey, rainy day and were hesitant that we might not see much. However, our guides Ellie and Zack were amazing and knew the best places to take us! We were treated to a brilliant showing and got to spend a good amount of time playing around in the bioluminescent waters! We had a great time and an experience we won’t forget! Thank you Zack and Ellie!
Written July 5, 2022
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Rachel, thank you for taking a moment to share your experience on the Bioluminescence Kayak Tour and your guides. We appreciate you choosing to paddle with and hope we see you in the future.
Written July 6, 2022
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CharBEGood
Bremerton, WA1 contribution
Aug 2020
Without a doubt this experience is a must. Kelly, our guide for the evening, is so knowledgeable of the area and the organism, and her competency as a guide is exemplary. Kayaking in the dark is fun. The water is cold and the air a little crisp. It is quiet. You feel connected to the nature around you. And then you start to see it. Glimpses of sparkles that insist you question what you think you see. So you keep paddling and looking and soon the glimpses become obvious: There is something magical happening. Peace and joy overcome you. I don’t feel capable of describing what I saw, and it wouldn’t do it justice anyway, but the words I wrote in my journal were: magical, Moana, lightening, fireworks, surreal. As the paddle passes through the water and engages with the noctiluca it transforms that expression of energy into brilliant luminescence. My favorite sea creature is the jellyfish. During this excursion I was able to witness an illuminated jelly! Magical and sentimentally exhilarating. 10/10

Truly, for a whole hour I was so enamored with the beauty of God’s creation I legitimately forgot about covid. Which speaking of, in order to facilitate this trip the guides must work well past midnight to secure and sanitize all gear. Their dedication and heart make the moments possible. Thank you discovery sea kayaking and especially Kelly.

This truly is a beginner safe activity. The kayaks themselves are VERY easy to maneuver and the paddle pace is slow. The most challenging part for someone not in great physical shape would be getting in and out of the kayak.
Written August 26, 2020
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We really appreciate you sharing the great experience you had on the Bioluminescence Kayak Tour. I hope you can join us again in the future.
Written August 27, 2020
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Tim C
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Our guide, Rick, was incredible. He was personable, professional, a phenomenal cook, and highly skilled and competent in the outdoors. I felt very safe with Rick leading our group given his NOLS training. Safety was his number one priority and this was not sacrificed by anything else. He was highly attentive to our groups skills and capabilities and did a wonderful job ensuring everyone got the most out of their trip. He was constantly checking the weather and was completely on top of gear/equipment checks. I felt that our experience was a cut above because of our expert guide. Rick was also a fantastic cook. We never went hungry and hot fresh meals were prepared nightly. I would highly recommend this trip to any outdoor adventurer looking to explore the San Juan islands. You won’t be disappointed with Discovery Sea Kayaks.
Written June 19, 2022
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Tim, Thank you for joining us for the 3-Day Kayak Tour. We love getting all the amazing feedback. Since joining our team seasons ago Rick has developed into a great kayak guide. We go through a lot of training dealing with various situations and better yet to avoid situations with thorough planning. Thanks again and I will make sure to pass along all your comments to Rick.
Written June 20, 2022
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George A
Burlingame, California, United States26 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We very much enjoyed an afternoon of west side kayaking with Chad as our guide. Thumbs up for setting us up with high-end kayaks that were wonderfully easy to steer and blessed with waterproof aprons that kept our legs dry.

Chad was unfailingly genial and very knowledgeable about the area. He coached us well at the beginning and shared a lot of engaging stories during our time on the water. He set a tempo that worked well for everyone, getting us in sync very effortlessly.

Great value for the money.
Written July 6, 2020
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Thank you for the stellar review. Chad has developed a great set of coaching skills for paddlers and really loves to share his knowledge about the area. We look forward to your next visit!
Written July 10, 2020
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Christine T
Thornton, CO163 contributions
Jun 2021
This was a mother-daughter adventure. We chose the 3 day trip and spent two nights on Jones Island.

Our guide was Avery, an enthusiastic young man that had endless energy! Besides guiding our trip he was also the chef for all meals. He provided amazing food that included Pad Thai one night!

On day two our group decided to hike Jones Island. Avery is well educated on nature and that made it a very interesting tour.

The pads that are provided for sleeping on the ground provided a good cushion from the hard ground. This was the most comfortable experience I have had sleeping on the ground.

Sea kayaking is one of the tougher adventures we have done. Avery was always alert to the environment and changing current to provide the best route for paddling. The three day adventure was plenty for us!
Written June 15, 2021
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What a great adventure! Avery does an amazing job when he is out there. He is tuned in to every detail. Thanks for taking a moment to share your experience with us. If you make it back to the island and want another kayak adventure, give us a call.
Written June 16, 2021
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anne b
Arlington, WA131 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
I am not a kayak person. I went on this one day trip with my teenage daughter. We had a blast. Our tour guide is Cameron, a young man who is full of spirit and stories. He knows everything from history to marine biology. It was a great time kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. The only bad thing is that we didn’t see any whale 😅😅 just out of luck. Services provided by Discovery Sea Kayak is at the exceptional level that I felt as if we were VIP. They are great people.
Written September 6, 2020
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Thank you for the review and all the kind words about your experience with us. We really appreciate you coming out to the island this summer and choosing to paddle with Discovery.
Written September 7, 2020
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