San Juan Sea Kayaking



Flexibility – we work with you to come up with a game plan.

Experience working with large/custom groups.

Help with finding campsites, accommodations and travel logistics.

Friendly safety conscious staff – we are great with kids!

Accessible management – you will be helped directly by Ben Henkel our owner/operator.

Join An Adventure Of A Lifetime!

Ready to Start Your Adventure?

Sea Quest has been creating custom kayaking tours since 1989. We design and plan private kayak trips for those who want to travel with their own intimate group but wish to rely on our professional experience to make their journey go smoothly and safely. Our custom kayaking trips allow you to choose when and with whom you wish to travel. Whether it’s your family, a group of friends or co-workers, school, or an outdoor adventure club, we’ll work with you to design a custom kayak tour that fits your needs. Your custom tour could be as short as a few hours or as long as a week!

Create a Custom Kayaking Tour for Your Special Interests or Needs

Most groups start this process by looking at our scheduled kayak trips to the San Juan Islands, Alaska, or Baja Mexico. Click here if you are interested in even more exotic locations. If one of our kayak tour itineraries looks perfect for your group, call us with your ideal time and dates. Then imagine how any of our tours could be personalized to make it your perfect adventure. We can answer any questions that you may have and may be able to suggest more options that will harmonize with your special needs.

Custom Kayaking Trips for Families with Kids is our Specialty!

Sea Quest led the way in developing custom kayaking trips for families with kids. We discovered that using specialty three-person kayaks enable us to take families with kids on tours in the sheltered waters of the San Juan Islands in Washington. These marvelously steady “triple” kayaks increase safety without sacrificing any speed. We can take kids 5 years and up in our triple kayaks on custom family trips. Our triple kayaks are also valuable for elder family members and those with injuries or physical circumstances that preclude strong exercise.

Our flotilla of three-person kayaks has also proven to be indispensable for school and youth groups on their custom trips.

Custom Kayaking Tour Ideas

We’re happy to offer custom kayaking tours to groups with all types of goals and agendas. Let your imagination fly and contact us with any questions or custom ideas. Here are some examples of custom trips that we have provided for our guests over the years:

  • Women-only (guided by women, of course!)
  • Father/son bonding
  • Family reunions
  • Families with children and very young kids (we use special 3-person kayaks for these tours)
  • Birthdays, anniversaries and weddings on remote islands
  • Scouts and youth groups
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Natural history and science museums
  • Naturalists, tidepoolers, and birding enthusiasts (see our birding tours webpage)
  • Photographers and film crews
  • Work retreats and company outings
  • Recovery groups and healing retreats

Custom Group Discounts Available

Custom groups over nine or more and non-profits are eligible for a 10% or larger discount. Large groups should make their plans early!


1 to 5+ days

Group Size

All Group Sizes

Age Range

All Ages

Activity Level

Beginner Friendly

Starting From



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San Juan Islands, WA

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Frequently Asked Questions​


Sea Quest Kayak Tours can accommodate kayak groups as large as 50 people depending on the time of season! Large groups should reach out to us in advance so we can make sure we have enough resources to accommodate your desires.

Yes! You can absolutely cook your own meals if you should desire. However, we really recommend that you let a kayaking outfitter like Sea Quest Kayak tours take care of meal preparation! We are familiar with cooking in the field and systems in place to make sure everyone get fed delicious and nutritious meals. Cooking in the field is relatively straight forward but being prepared with the proper gear takes time and effort!

Yes! We can absolutely make your tour private if it is a large custom tour!

Yes! We can help to facilitate anything you might desire. It doesn’t matter to us if you want to paddle for 12 hours a day or spend 3 days on the same island playing cards! Our guides are flexible and willing to facilitate your groups desires. Especially if its a children’s group with adult chaperones.



We provide the following:

Sea kayaks, all related sea kayaking trip gear, safety equipment, transportation to and from Friday Harbor and the launch beach, instruction and expert guides. While camping, meals provided include breakfast and dinner. Our all inclusive listing price includes spacious tents to ensure you will be well rested for adventure. Sleeping bags and pads can be rented for an additional nominal fee – but feel free to bring your own!

What you need to bring:

Beach clothing, beach foot wear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lunch. Bring a hat, warm sweater and rain jacket if cool, cloudy, windy or rainy. A detailed packing list of camping related household items will be provided after you book your tour!



Click the chart above to open a full-size version in PDF format that you can zoom and print!

Our kayak expeditions offer flexible durations, ranging from 3 hours to 5 days, accommodating diverse schedules and preferences. Tailored for custom groups, these adventures provide immersive experiences in the stunning landscapes and rich marine life of the San Juan Islands.

Embark on diverse routes, promising unique encounters with killer whales and other marine species. While typical routes are shown, the exact course may vary for added excitement.

With no “Set Route,” flexibility ensures safety and meets customer needs. Options include exploring vital orca whale watching corridors, rich marine biodiversity, and picturesque campsites such as Stuart and Posey Islands State Parks, Jones Island State Park, Point Doughty, Patos Island State Park, and Griffin Bay DNR campsites.

Decisions on routes consider recent whale activity, weather forecasts, and campsite availability, ensuring a safe and rewarding experience for all adventurers. Whether for a few hours or several days, our kayak expeditions promise unforgettable journeys into nature’s wonders.


We offer highly customized and flexible tours and itineraries for large groups. If you can dream it we can make it happen! Reach out to use over phone or email if you have something specific in mind.