San Juan Island Wildlife

Bound by the Cascade Mountain Range and snowcapped Mt. Baker to the east and the Olympic Range to the south, the San Juan Islands are an idyllic sea-kayaking destination. On our one to five day San Juan Island sea kayak tours you'll have superb opportunities for seeing a wide variety of marine mammals, birds and other wildlife that frequent the San Juan Islands. Our naturalist guides will share their knowledge of the local environment throughout the trip to increase your appreciation of the marine life you will be encountering.

The waters were calm and much wildlife - from sea lions, bald eagles and the elusive orca - were sighted. One of my favorites was much tamer - who knew that there were purple starfish in the San Juan Islands? Very cool!

The San Juans are composed of approximately 350 rocks and islands surrounded by the crystal green waters of Puget Sound. The shoreline varies from basaltic rock to mixed sand and gravel beaches. Typical vegetation includes a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees including the striking red barked Madrona. The clear waters, rocky shorelines, strong currents and diverse intertidal zones provide a spectacular environment for viewing wildlife as well as providing “hands-on” opportunities for learning how to sea kayak.


The primary food source for the Southern Resident orcas is salmon. In fact, approximately 80-90% of a Resident orca’s diet is composed of these fish.

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harelequin duck

Birding in the San Juans

The rocky and tree lined shores of the San Juan Islands provide an excellent habitat for a wide variety of different bird species.

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bald eagle in tree

Bald Eagle Facts

The San Juan Islands host between 40 to 50 breeding pairs of bald eagles, one of the largest eagle nesting populations in the continental United

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San Juan Islands Wildlife and Marine Mammals

The inland waters of Washington are one of the richest marine environment in the world. It has been heralded as the second most amazing place

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orca whales in the san juan islands

When is the best time to see whales in the San Juan Islands?

The southern resident pods of Orca whales currently number over 80 individually identified whales in three separate pods. They are generally found in the San

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