At San Juan Kayak Expeditions, we specialize in high quality, small group kayak adventures for those wanting to experience the true spirit of the San Juans. We have been leading sea kayak tours since 1980! Our knowledge of these waters, coastlines, whales and wildlife is unmatched!
Our founder, Tim Thomsen began paddling the islands in 1978 and started San Juan Kayak Expeditions in 1980. He guided three- and four-day expeditions for thirty-three years and was quick to exclaim with a humble smile that he had paddled more miles in the San Juans by sea kayak than any human being on earth. Despite Tim’s retirement, we continue to operate SJKE with the same spirit of excellence often asking, “What would Tim do?” Today San Juan Kayak Expeditions remains the oldest sea kayaking outfitter in the San Juan Islands, yet the smallest.
Our founders’ goals have always been to keep the company on a personal level and to insure small group sizes for a more intimate guest adventure. We continue to operate SJKE with that same goal today, focusing our positive efforts on access, safety, and minimum impact.
From top-notch guides, to gear and to customer service our company is unmatched.
We use high caliber equipment for every kayak tour including quality sea kayaks (Seascape 2s and 3s by NW Kayaks). A favorite of touring companies, the Seascape 2 is exceptional in performance and durability and its large cargo capacity and long, graceful waterline makes this extremely stable kayak ideal for extended trips. The Seascape 3 was the first and original full-sized, 3-cockpit triple on the market that easily accommodates three adults. The power of 3 paddlers provides for a quick, smooth, and stable trip. The center cockpit, with the center bulkhead option, can be quickly converted into the largest gear hatch available today and paddles very well as double.
We complement our kayaks with Werner carbon-fiber paddles, NRS or Extrasport PFD’s, Snap Dragon Design spray skirts, ThermaRest seat cushions, complimentary dry bags, and rain ponchos just in case. In addition, two-person Kelty tents and nylon hammocks are included on our multi-day trips.
Our customers’ safety is our top priority. We want you to have a worry-free kayaking experience, so we have chosen the best equipment available in the industry and plan our tours based on weather patterns and tidal fluctuations. Our staff members are certified in rescue/first aid and have extensive safety training, on and off the water.
We are here to show you the best of the best while keeping you safe. We know the islands, waters and coastlines inside and out, and only lead you to places that offer the most stunning views and most memorable experiences.
We love what we do, and it shows!