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Shearwater Adventures

We focus on sharing the fun of kayaking in the San Juan Islands, while stressing safety on the water and showing respect for wildlife. For more than 40 years, we’ve introduced thousands of people to the waters around Orcas Island with our sea kayak tours, instruction, and retail. We use the best kayaks and equipment available, have a dedicated staff of qualified guides, and know the islands better than anyone. Kayaking on the Salish Sea with Shearwater Adventures is a great activity during your visit to the San Juan Islands. Join one of our kayak tours for a fantastic time on the water! During your stay, be sure to visit our retail shop in Eastsound for souvenirs and information regarding tidal currents, weather patterns, kayak instruction, paddling gear, campsites, and more!

small groups
stable tandem kayaks
marine wildlife sightings
no experience necessary
guided tours only (no rentals)

aerial view of Eastsound, Washington on Orcas Island

Founded by Tom Carter & Lori Wilson, Shearwater was the first kayak outfitter on Orcas Island. Others have come and gone since then, but we have grown and improved over the years. Jeff Zbornik began guiding for Shearwater in 1990 and bought Lori’s half of the business in 1994. Corey Homewood joined as a guide in 2013 and became a co-owner with Jeff when Tom retired in 2018.

Jeff & Corey continue leading the company with the traditions of well-trained guides, high-quality equipment, safety on the water, and respect for wildlife and the environment.