Orcas Island Kayaking
by Outer Island Expeditions
Outer Island Expeditions offers both 3 hour and full day guided kayak trips from Orcas Island. We also rent kayaks so visitors can enjoy paddling in the protected areas around Orcas Island on their own.
Point Doughty Kayak Trip
Outer Island Expeditions offers 3 hour kayaking tours from Smuggler’s Villa Resort on Orcas Island. These kayak tours explore the best wildlife area Orcas Island has to offer. We paddle down the North Shore of Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park. The park is only accessible by human powered water craft. It is also home to many harbor seals, eagles and shore birds. We often spot harbor porpoises feeding in the currents around the point. Once at the park we take a brief break on the beach to enjoy beautiful view of Mt. Baker before we head back to Smugglers.
Trips depart at 10 AM and 2 PM.
Outer Island Expeditions is proud to work with Orcas Island's finest kayaking outfit Shearwater Kayaking to offer full day kayaking trips around Sucia Island State Park.
Outer Island will shuttle kayakers to Sucia Island via power boat. On the trip over we will stop by prime wildlife viewing locations and explore some of Sucia's natural history. You and your kayak guide will be dropped off at Sucia Island, a small pristine island located 3 miles off the North shore of Orcas. After a brief kayaking lesson you will hop in your kayak for a 2 to 3 hour paddle which includes a lunch stop at a remote beach. You will then be shuttled back to Orcas by power boat.
Sucia is only accessible by private boat. Its remote and undeveloped character make it a haven for wildlife and its large protected bays, make it a wonderful setting for any kayaker, novice or advanced. Sucia has caves, fossil beds, spectacular sand stone formations and a wide variety of wildlife. One can encounter bald eagles, osprey, river otters, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise and the occasional transient orca whale.
Trip departs at 9 AM.
Orcas Island Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Our rental boats are great for Cascade Lake and Mountain Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. They are also great for the protected bays of Orcas Island and Sucia Island. The canoes and kayaks can be delivered to any site on Orcas Island or picked up from our office. If you would like a brief kayaking experience you can paddle down the North Shore of Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park. This is an intermediate level paddle. For a beginner level experience you can also take our water taxi to Sucia Island and paddle unguided in Sucia’s large and highly protected bays. Beginners may also enjoy paddling in Eastsound Bay or Deer Harbor both on Orcas. We will happily deliver kayaks to either location. Check out our Sucia Island Ferry page and our Kayak Tour page for more info on your kayaking options. Call or email and we’ll help match you to a great paddling experience. We rent both recreational and touring grade kayaks. Sorry, but we will not rent kayaks for major channel crossings.
Minimum 1/2 day rental: Rentals can be returned early.
Kayaking must be done in a group.
We will not allow a single kayak to paddle alone.
We can transport you and your kayak to any location in the San Juan's or the greater Puget Sound, consult our water taxi or Sucia Island ferry section for rates and details.
Outer Island Expeditions