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San Juan Kayak Expeditions

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275 A Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590
+1 360-378-4436
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Amazing Experience!

Tim and Sally were wonderful to deal with. We called several places on the island hoping to rent a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marlene B
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Great way to see the islands - Whales Ho! Full Day Tour

Quality expedition outfitter from single day rental and day trips to multi-day expedition... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cody H
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Specializing in 2, 3, 4 and 5-day sea kayaking trips and half-day, full-day and sunset sea kayak tours in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Experienced, fun and friendly guides, quality equipment and attention to detail. On day tours paddle with orca and humpback whales, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles, otters and stellar sea lions! On multi-day trips kayak with orca whales too! We've been leading quality sea kayak tours since 1980!
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  • Very good3%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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275 A Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tim and Sally were wonderful to deal with. We called several places on the island hoping to rent a kayak for a few days. Others told me no one did this and I had to do a tour. Sally answered the phone and even though...More

Thank Marlene B
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It was my pleasure to provide you with the means to explore the Salish Sea on your own. Part of the fun of my job is meeting special people like you and the hubby (name withheld for privacy). Thank you for your kind words. I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Quality expedition outfitter from single day rental and day trips to multi-day expedition. Knowledgeable and responsible guides! This was my 5th time and seeing with SJKE is the best way to explore the islands.

Thank Cody H
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Short and to the point, Cody! You have always let your actions do your talking, and that is why you keep coming back. Thanks for your review and continued support! It was super fine catching up with you during our 38th season!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my 26 year old daughter for mom daughter trip AMAZING, absolutely...wonderful kayaks and equipment, our guide was Cole and he was fabulous. I really enjoyed this and plan on coming back next year with both daughters. thank you , thank you!!!!

Thank jswm1959
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You're welcome! You're welcome! I am thrilled you had such a good time that you'll make it a family event next year! Cole will be back next year too. Thank you for taking the time to let us know we are getting it right.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Desperate for a relaxing vacation in the great outdoors, I signed up for a three day guided kayak trip with San Juan Kayak Expeditions. It was the perfect antidote to too much work. Jury, our guide, made the logistics easy and the trip interesting. It...More

Thank Laurie W
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Nice description, Laurie! It makes me want to take one of my own trips! I'm glad you enjoyed everything our multi-day kayak trips offer and hope to see you back next year for our 39th season! May the tide be with you!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 4-day trip paddling in the San Juan Islands-my husband and 2 adult daughters. It could not have been a better trip. Our trip was self-guided because we have kayaked before and do a lot of outdoor trips. Tim provided us with boats,...More

Thank Lori S
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are the most experienced sea kayaking outfitter in the San Juan Islands, and it shows in the full service experience that you explain above. Thank you for mentioning all that we did to make your kayak trip in the islands safe and rewarding. Happy...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fabulous 5 day tour we had! Camping on the beach, great food, high-end fiberglass boats and carbon paddles, great guide, hiking ... Sally was so helpful prior to the trip, recommending places to stay, as well as a shop in Friday Harbor to...More

Thank bpspang
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, BPS, for your kind words. Our five-day "Ultimate" is an amazing way to explore the islands, and I am glad you enjoyed it. We use quality equipment and guides and 38 years of experience to earn a "top notch" rating. May the tide...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

Our family of 4 - mom, dad and 2 teenagers - did the 6 hour day trip on San Juan Island with Jury as a our guide. Only thing that would have made the day more perfect was if we had seen some whales. We...More

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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

We await your return for one of our two, three, four or five day sea kayaking adventures and are very glad your family enjoyed their time with Jury. Our multi-day trips give our guests more time to traverse the orca whale sanctuary in Haro Strait...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

Tim and Sally run such a high quality operation out in Friday Harbor. Our group rented two kayaks for the three day self-guided kayak adventure and had a freaking blast. Tim met us at the Ferry and told us where to drop our stuff. We...More

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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

You are very welcome! What is satisfying to me is that our rental guests learn a ton of new skills that they can carry with them forward to future sea kayaking adventures. Here in the San Juan Islands, there are many possible multi-day routes, and...More

Reviewed September 4, 2017

My husband, young adult daughter and I had a wonderful morning of kayaking with our guide John. John was exceptionally knowledgeable about the biology of the sea and sea life and we learned so much from him in addition to just having a beautiful adventure...More

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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed our knowledgeable staff and owners and had a loverly jaunt in the San Juan Islands with us. Our Griffin Bay day tours definitely cruise some peaceful shores and enjoy mountain vistas. John is certainly not shy in sharing his vast natural...More

Reviewed August 31, 2017

If you desire to see the beauty of the San Juan islands, I highly recommend the 5 day kayak trip. Wonderful camping and rest spots, views of Mount Baker, unique shore line and wildlife. Equipment was first rate along with our guide, Tara. Had time...More

Thank Bobspa
TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

Our five-day The "Ultimate" is not for everyone but is so rewarding to those who love a challenge and would love to paddle an incredible route through the San Juan Islands! You aced it, Bob and Ben, so kudos to you both. Thank you for...More

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