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“The highlight of our vacation!”

Discovery Sea Kayaks
Ranked #5 of 25 Tours in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In the heart of downtown Friday Harbor, we offer a range of San Juan Islands Kayak Tours and Bike Rentals. Kayak Tours range from a half day outing 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 guidesthat are extremely skilled kayakers and trained naturalist. Safety, Education, and Adventure are ensured with our amazing team of guides. We operate some of the smallest groups 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 island and quality traditional bikes as well.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed August 31, 2011

We have been on numerous kayak trips in the past and this one surpassed them all. We found Discovery Sea Kayaks to be fabulous to work with during the planning stage. We appreciated the excellent equipment (the kayaks are really nice fiberglass ones) and the attention to safety (constant GPS going back to the home base and guide wears a dry suit) but the best part was our guide Shaun. He was well prepared, an excellent cook (frittatas, penne with fresh pesto and walnuts, corn bread, and did anyone say chocolate?), and well versed in the tides and able to judge the ability of the group. He was very supportive of whatever the group wanted - for example we left camp at 4:30 AM the last day because we wanted to see the bioluminescent plankton and he was completely in favor of this. We also all slept on the beach under the stars! There were tents of course but no one wanted to use them.
We highly recommend them to any adventurous kayakers - advanced or novice.
DSK - thanks for a great trip!
Carol, Anne & Katie

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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Travelled over from England to enjoy the beauty of the San Juan Islands and boy did we have a wonderful time. Weather was perfect - the paddling wasn't too arduous, just enough to make you really enjoy the excellent food on offer. AND when I say excellent food - I mean move over Jamie Oliver. No dried food anywhere in sight, fresh and organic. Brilliant! The equipment was good, the camping locations fantastic and the company - lasting. I would definitely recommend Discovery Sea Kayaks and truly hope we will have the chance to do it all again! Thank- you!!!!!

Thank Ruth S
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We spent a wonderful afternoon paddling our double kayaks along the coast of San Juan Island and got to see about six different Orcas passing in the distance. I traveled with my two daughters, 16 & 20 yrs, plus a friend of theirs. Discovery Sea Kayaks shuttled us to the starting point and back to Friday Harbor in a well-maintained van. They provided us with sea kayaks, skirts, dry jackets, & dry bags. Pants were available, but unnecessary. The guide was cheerful, informative regarding kayaking techniques and the local geography, wildlife & history. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience and considered it the highlight of our trip to the Northwest. The company office is a short block from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor, which makes this an easy trip to make even when you are only going to the island for the day. Be sure to book ahead, so you don't miss out! We will definitely kayak with Discovery Sea Kayaks again.

Thank NanaLola
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

My husband and I came from South Florida to vacation on San Juan Island in pursuit of rest, relaxation, and also a bit of adventure. We saw the reviews for Discovery Sea Kayaks and decided to give it a try. We were really glad that we did! We hoped to see Orcas, but they were rather elusive the day we went. Nonetheless, we still had a great time, and would highly recommend this to our friends, or anyone else that is looking for a sea kayak experience. (as a side note: we were cruising in the same area 2 days later and saw 3 different pods of Orcas- so if they had been around at all the day we kayaked, we would have definitely seen them.) It happened that we were the only two in the bunch because we booked on an off-peak day. Our guide, Thomas was great! He gave us the full treatment, and was really patient and encouraging with us as we got the hang of it. By the way, we went on the six hour tour, which was great too because it gave us a chance to have lunch, stretch our legs, and enjoy the beach for awhile. We would recommend that!

It was great to have Thomas as our guide, because he is a veteran naturalist, and everyone around Friday Harbor knows him. He's lived on the island many years and he loves what he does, which is really reflected by the kind way he interacts with his clients.

Go check out Discovery Sea Kayaks!

Thank jlphoto
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

On the west side of the island, Paul guided us to one of the most beautiful places we've ever been. As we paddled, he showed us jellyfish, sea stars, kelp beds, nesting bald eages, seals, Dahl dophins and the majestic Orcas. It was breathtaking to see a pod of Orcas so close to us. He discussed many conservation issues, natural history and interesting aspects of the San Juan Islands. This is the best way experience San Juan Island without interfering with the natural habitat of these wonderful creatures--it is a much more personal experience compared to a whale watching boat!!. Enjoy a relaxed group in beautiful surroundings...Paul takes extra time to discuss safety so we had no worries...highly recommend!!!!!!!

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