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San Juan Kayak Expeditions

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275 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590
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Fantastic trip

My friend & I recently went on the 3 day / 2 night trip with Cole as our guide. Having not done a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Christine P
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Marlow, United Kingdom
Perfect service and experience for a multi-day kayaking rental!

I organized a group of 16 of us to do a 3-day kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands. I already had... read more

Reviewed yesterday
nkam27
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Seattle, Washington
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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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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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275 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590
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Reviewed yesterday

My friend & I recently went on the 3 day / 2 night trip with Cole as our guide. Having not done a multi day expedition before we were slightly apprehensive about what to bring and how we would cope with 3 days paddling. These...More

Thank Christine P
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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you very much, Christine, for your kind words. You are the ones who deserve kudos, as you mastered the art of sea kayaking with great attitude and a willingness to learn. Thank you for paddling with us and may the tide be with you!

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Reviewed yesterday

I organized a group of 16 of us to do a 3-day kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands. I already had our campsites booked (and thus our general itinerary), and I asked Tim and Sally if I could rent kayaks from them. This is...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My son and I had a great all day kayak tour with Cole. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and about the animals in the area and shared constantly as we went along the coast. We took a short walk along Lime Kiln park...More

Thank Mark G
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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you, Mark. I am sorry the whales weren't cooperative. They were probably out somewhere else where there were lots of salmon to eat on that day. It is hard to predict wild animals. I am glad you were able to paddle with us anyway...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My girlfriend and I had an incredible time on our 3 day/2 night Coastal Explorer trip! Our guide Cole was a rock star from start to finish, and was incredibly knowledgeable on virtually every topic we could inquire about. The kayaks provided are top notch,...More

1  Thank Martin F
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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Martin you are a rock star! Thank you for appreciating all the work we put into every trip and for your praise of Cole. He's the best! Our trips are more than just a guide and equipment too, and you recognized that. We work as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our trip with San Juan Kayak Expeditions was great! A stellar sea lion followed along our boats most of the trip, we saw several harbour seals and of course the highlight was seeing many orcas out near the lighthouse. As amazing as all of the...More

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

You have hit all of the key points, Kristen. Great customer service, kind and knowledgeable guides and a positive, safe experience is all we strive for, and we have done it!!! Thank you for paddling with us in our 39th season then taking the time...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Montana rocked the entire kayaking experience for me. I had been in a kayak perhaps 3 other times, many years ago. He made it feel, fun, safe and gave me a beautiful experience. Will never forget his persona and information he gave me. He was...More

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

We are ready for half your cruise ship, Pamela! I guarantee Montana will lead the trip. I agree: he is an all-star! Thanks for paddling with us, and we look forward to future paddles with you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great adventure. Neither my sister nor I are experienced kayakers but our bruise was helpful. Best we saw a Minke!!!! A great trip.

Thank Patty F
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TimThomsen, Owner at San Juan Kayak Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Patty, for your awesome review! I'm hoping you meant your "guide" was helpful and not your "bruise!" Minke whales are definitely cool. Happy paddling!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went for four hour kayak trip and our guide was a young man named Montana. It was the best excursion event we’ve ever had. Montana was very knowledgeable and was an excellent excellent guide with a great sense of humor. Five...More

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

Thank you for giving us two "excellents" and five stars in your kind review. I agree Montana is a special guide, and I am glad you appreciated his skills and knowledge. Keep paddling!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was my first sea kayaking experience and although I was a beginner, the guides were amazing at helping me out along the way, ensuring everyone had a great time, and they were awesome to hang out with! From booking to final goodbyes, this outfitter...More

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

Those are truly heart-felt words coming from a woman with a big heart. We really enjoyed getting to know you and hope you'll get back for another paddle all the way from Texas! Thanks, Cami, for taking time to write. May the tide be with...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Whether beginner or experienced, SJKE provides a wonderful experience both on and off the water. Their experienced, knowledgeable and friendly guides provides a very satisfying trip, even if you don't happen to see Orcas pass by (but we did one of our two trips with...More

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

Thanks, Mark, for giving kudos to our entire crew. We are unique in providing customer service both "on and off the water." Thank you for recognizing that. Happy travels!

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