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Shearwater Adventures

Kayak Tours on Orcas Island

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we offer guided kayak tours on Orcas Island — no unguided rentals

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Shearwater Adventures

Shearwater Adventures has been offering a variety of sea kayak tours, instruction, and retail sales on Orcas Island since 1982. Over the years, we have introduced thousands of people to the joys of paddling in the San Juan Islands. Our focus has always been sharing the fun of kayaking and the beauty of the marine environment.

Shearwater uses the best kayaks and equipment available. We have a dedicated staff of qualified guides, and we know the islands better than anyone. Kayaking with Shearwater is a great activity to experience during your visit to the islands. Join us for a kayak tour and a fantastic time on the water!

We understand that travel plans can change. We give full refunds for cancellations up to 48 hours before our 3-hour kayak tours (5 days in advance for bookings of 5+ people). Cancellations up to 5 days in advance of our Paddle & Picnic tours are likewise fully refunded. Late cancellations are refunded if we are able to resell the spaces.

See Why Our Guests Love Us!


We had perfect weather for a 3-hour paddle around and a bit beyond Doe Bay. Our guide was excellent!

– Charlie C. | Google review | Aug 2023
Highlight of Our Trip

We went on the daytime tour out of Deer Harbor and it was the highlight of our trip... If you're visiting Orcas, you have to do a kayak tour with this company!

– Lexi K. | Google review | Aug 2023
Simply the Best

We have kayaked several times in the San Juans, (3-hours tours, and multiple day also)… Shearwater is simply the best of any company we have booked with in the past!

– Pamela L. | email | Aug 2023
Absolutely Magical

The bioluminescence tour was absolutely magical. Galaxies of light exploding underwater blew our minds and expectations!

– Darryl D. | Google review | Aug 2023
Best Kayak Company in the San Juan Islands!

Kayaks and equipment in great shape and guide was outstanding. As frequent kayakers, we highly recommend this quality company.

– krish922 | TripAdvisor | July 2023
Awesome Experience!

The trip was very safe and well organized while still being relaxed and fun. They have all the gear you need. Would definitely do it again.

– Patty H. | Google review | June 2023
Amazing experience!

Our guide was awesome. Best instruction and care I've ever experienced kayaking! Highly recommend!!

– Judith B. | Google review | June 2023
Best Kayaking Guides

Lee was our guide and he is one of the best kayaking guides I’ve ever had! I did the Yellow Island trip and it was wonderful! I highly recommend this trip and guided tour!

– TripAdvisor | April 2023
Wonderful Experience

Our guide Dan was kind, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and geology of the islands. We had a wonderful experience kayaking with Shearwater!

– Stephanie D. | Google review | April 2023
Highlight of Our Weekend

Fantastic 3 hour tour from Deer Harbor. The highlight of our weekend on Orcas. Really enjoyed the trip paddling around the islands past the harbor.

– Will S. | Google review | Sept 2022
Returning Paddler

Great kayaking trips! Have done several trips over the years and always first rate. The bioluminescence tour last night was amazing.

– Greg D. | Google review | Sept 2022
Sunset Kayak

We loved our sunset paddle on Orcas! We had an excellent guide who got us comfortable in our kayaks and did a great job of helping us spot porpoise, seals, a bald eagle and star fish. It was absolutely gorgeous on the water!

– Gina E. | TripAdvisor