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Kayak Tours, Rentals, and Deliveries

Outer Island Excursions offers three kayak tours to suit all skill levels and interests.  With options for absolute beginners or experienced kayakers we offer guided exploration with experienced naturalists in tandem kayaks with PFDs, paddles, dry bags, and bilge pumps.  Learn about the local ecosystem while interacting with otters, minks, seals, porpoises, sea birds, eagles and more.  

For those who would like to do unguided exploration, rentals are offered in 1/2 day, 24 hour, 3 day, and full week increments.  All rentals are equipped with PFDs, paddles, dry bags, and bilge pumps.  Kayaks can be delivered to residences and launch points on Orcas Island with advanced notice.  For passengers on our Sucia Ferry, Outer Island offers complimentary delivery service to Sucia for rentals. 


Recommended attire is athletic gear that you don't mind getting wet, shoes that can get wet, hats and sunglasses and sun protection.  Water and a small snack are also welcome on tours!

Kayak Tours

**Tours are listed in descending order of required experience and ability**

Kayak Rentals

Point Doughty FAQ:

Adults $79
Kids $45 (ages 8 and up)

Trips depart at:

10:00 AM, 9:30 Check In

2:00 PM, 1:30 Check In

3 Hour Paddle

Suitable for ages 8 + 

Appropriate for Beginner to Advanced Kayakers 

Meet at 120 Sucia Drive Kiosk to check in

Outer Island Excursions offers 3 hour kayaking tours from Smuggler’s Villa Resort on Orcas Island. We paddle down the North Shore of Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park. Surrounded by private property on land, the park is only accessible by kayak, canoe, or row boat. Once at the park we take a brief break on the beach to enjoy a nature walk and beautiful views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding islands before we head back to Smugglers.

These kayak tours explore the best wildlife area Orcas Island has to offer. It is home to many harbor seals, eagles and shore birds. We often spot harbor porpoises feeding in the currents around the point, and even the occasional orca!

POINT DOUGHTY KAYAK TOUR

West Beach Sunset KAYAK TOUR

Outer Island Excursions offers 2 hour kayaking tours from West Beach Resort on Orcas Island. We paddle out into the sunset along the shore of Orcas Island.  With Waldron Island in the background 

These kayak tours explore the best wildlife area Orcas Island has to offer. It is home to many harbor seals, eagles and shore birds. We often spot harbor porpoises feeding in the currents around the point, and even the occasional orca!

Sunset Tour FAQ:

Adults $79
Kids $45 (ages 8 and up)

Trip departs at 6:30PM, check in at 6:00PM

2 Hour Paddle

Suitable for ages 8 + 

Beginner to Advanced Skills 

 

Meet at the dock kiosk at West Beach Resort, 190 Waterfront Way Orcas Island

Sucia Island Full Day KAYAK TOUR

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 sandstone formations and a wide variety of wildlife. One can encounter bald eagles, osprey, harlequin ducks, river otters, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise and even the occasional orca whale!

We shuttle kayakers to Sucia Island via power boat after checking in at 9:00 AM. After a brief kayaking safety orientation, you and your guide will hop in your kayaks for a 4 to 5 hour paddle which includes a lunch stop (lunch is not provided) and short hike at a remote beach. As we paddle around the island, we stop by prime wildlife viewing locations and explore some of Sucia’s natural history. You will then be shuttled back to Orcas by power boat.

Sucia Island Kayak Tour FAQ:

Adults $159
Kids $99 (ages 13 and up)

Trip departs at 9:00AM, check in at 9:00AM

Guests bring their own picnic lunch as well as water bottles. 

5 Hour Paddle

Suitable for ages 13 + 

Moderate to Advanced Skills 

 

Meet at the 120 Sucia Drive, Orcas Island

Kayak Rentals 

Our rental boats are great for any aquatic terrain around Orcas Island or the protected bays of Sucia Island. The kayaks can be delivered to any site on Orcas Island or picked up from our office at 120 Sucia Drive. Our most popular 4 hour rental option gives you ample time to paddle down the North Shore of Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park directly from our location.  We recommend all kayaks be rented prior to 3:00 PM.

 

For an intermediate level experience you can take our water taxi to Sucia Island and paddle unguided in Sucia’s large and well protected bays. Other popular kayaking locations on Orcas Island include Mountain Lake in Moran State Park, Eastsound, or Deer Harbor.

 

We will happily deliver kayaks to any location on Orcas.  Equipment pickups from Smuggler’s Resort on Orcas Island are free. A delivery charge will be added to all equipment deliveries on Orcas Island including Doe Bay.

Delivery Fees: $25 per kayak or  ($50 minimum fee)

 We will not rent a single kayak to an individual paddling alone.

SINGLE KAYAKS – ORCAS ISLAND, SUCIA ISLAND & DOE BAY

$40 for 4 hours

$50 per day

$125 three days

$250 per week

 

DOUBLE KAYAKS – ORCAS ISLAND, SUCIA ISLAND & DOE BAY

$65 for 4 hours

 

$75 per day

 $175 three days

$300 per week

Delivery Fees: $25 per kayak

 ($50 minimum fee)

** Advanced kayakers may rent kayaks in order to explore Orcas Island and some of the neighboring areas and islands.  Any kayaker who rents a kayak with the intention of executing a channel crossing, a multi-day trip, and/or any trip judged by the Outer Island Team to need additional documentation must submit a FLOAT PLAN.

 

Float plans must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of a reservation in order to give our tea time to review and respond.  The Outer Island team cannot give advice or suggest routes prior to receiving a completed float plan that demonstrates an understand of wind, weather, tide, and variable conditions.  

In order for your float plan to be approved, it is critical to know how to read the nautical charts and the tide current charts as well as have accurate and up to date weather reports. Tide rips and sudden gusty winds can come up quickly and surprise you, even in the short crossing between Orcas Island and Sucia Island. It is very important to know how to judge these conditions and be experienced and ready for an open water crossing. If you’re a less experienced kayaker, a better option is to bring the kayak with you on our water taxi and explore the more protected bays of Sucia once you arrive.