Sucia Island Day Kayaking Trip
Explore the sculpted sandstone shorelines of Sucia Island – the gem of Washington’s state park islands. Trips meet at West Beach Resort, shuttle by powerboat* across the 2½ miles between Orcas Island and Sucia, then use our stable double kayaks to follow the shores and inlets of Sucia Island. Bald eagles, seals, otters, porpoise, and other birds and marine wildlife are common sightings.
Shearwater supplies all necessary kayaking equipment, basic instruction, and guide. Pack a lunch and join us for a fantastic trip to one of the most beautiful, uninhabited islands in the San Juans! No kayak experience is necessary to enjoy these tours.
Typical Schedule (route and timing may vary with conditions)
9:45am check-in at West Beach Resort
10:00 shuttle to Sucia Island
10:30 basic instruction and gear adjustments at Fox Cove
11 – 3:30 circumnavigate Sucia by kayak, with a lunch break & time to relax or explore
3:30 – 4:00 return shuttle to West Beach Resort
Group size: 2-6 (larger groups sometimes possible with advance notice)
This tour is offered on Tues/Thurs/Sat. It may be possible to add a trip on another day for more than 2 people. Contact our office directly to request another day. 360-376-4699 or email
Minimum age: 15 years
*Water taxi service provided by Deer Harbor Charters, respected whale-watch and boat charter company in the San Juan Islands for over 25 years.
Reservations: Reservations are best made by phone at (360)376-4699, or stop by our Adventure Store in Eastsound when you are on the island. We recommend reserving space at least 10days in advance, but sometimes there is room up to the last minute. Cancellations within 7 days of a trip date will be charged full price unless we are able to fill the cancelled space(s).
Shearwater reserves the right to cancel any tour. In the event of such a cancellation you will receive a full refund if you choose not to reschedule.
A signed personal liability release form is required for participation in any Shearwater activity.
Day Tours — Frequently Asked Questions
Am I in good enough shape to do a Day Tour?
If you are in active physical shape the answer is probably yes. The day trip includes about 4 hours of actual paddling, with a lunch break in the middle. Wind and currents may cause some days to be more strenuous than others. You may feel some muscles complaining by the end of the day.
Can I take my camera or phone?
Some people do. Keep in mind that salt water is very corrosive to electronic equipment.
Should we tip our guide?
Our guides are paid for their work. However, if you especially enjoy or appreciate their efforts it is certainly acceptable to show your appreciation with a tip.