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Start your San Juan Islands kayaking tour in style. Washington State kayaking trips with Anacortes Kayak Tours are the ultimate experiences in ‘soft adventure’. No kayaking experience is necessary and the San Juan Islands ferry hassles are not required. Join us for sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands!

The San Juan Islands and surrounding areas boast some of the most productive wildlife viewing opportunities in Washington State. Our staff of professional sea kayaking guides know just how to maximize your chances of encounters with porpoise, seals, whales, and a host of intertidal sea creatures that are found in the San Juan Islands.

Sea kayaking on the protected waters of the Puget Sound region is one of the most popular ways for visitors to experience the San Juan Islands and is an activity that should not be missed. Whether you are just visiting Washington State for a few days, or are fortunate enough to live near the San Juan Islands, you should not let this opportunity pass you by!

Environment and Social Responsibility

As a company that depends on a healthy environment to be successful, we put environmental stewardship at the top of our priority list. All of our operations are conducted in a way that reduces our impact. Wildlife viewing is done in an ethical fashion, and every place that we visit is left cleaner than we found it. Additionally, we volunteer a great deal of our free time to direct action stewardship in the San Juans, cleaning up beaches, maintaining trails, and servicing camp areas.

Even though we are fortunate to live in such a biologically diverse and incredible place as the San Juans, we understand the impact that irresponsible actions can have on the ecology of the islands. Because we do not burn fuel, because we move silently through the landscape, and because we are limited in our ability to move quickly, sea kayakers are generally very low impact. However we can be disturbing to nesting birds and resting seals if we do not take the proper precautions. Our guides are instructed to know how best to give wildlife enough space so as not to interrupt their activities and we seasonally avoid known bird nesting areas altogether simply as a safety precaution.

We are proud that we leave our islands cleaner than we found them, so don’t be surprised to see a small mountain of litter on your guide’s boat after a trip. We also practice “Leave No Trace” ethics on all of our camping trips and pack out everything that we bring in.

Land managers within the Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks have told us many times that the well-organized and professionally guided trips tend to be the best user groups in the San Juan Islands. We are able to help many people experience these places in a safe and thoughtful fashion, thereby creating advocacy for protecting the islands.

As engaged business owners we support our local community, and organic producers, by purchasing ingredients for our tours directly from the small farms in Skagit and Samish valleys, from the local Farmers Market, and from locally owned groceries.


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