Kayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.
Before summer is over, glide your kayak through the cool waters surrounding Sequim. There are many possibilities to explore our gorgeous coastline. Any choice will have beautiful scenery and a chance to encounter wildlife. One of the best things about living in Sequim is the ability to enjoy mother nature throughout a good majority of the year. Summertime is definitely special, though, as evidenced by the sheer number of people who visit the Olympic Peninsula on a given summer weekend. Take advantage of our incredible summer weather in Sequim, and plan a kayaking adventure to top off your summer. Disappointment will be the furthest thing from your mind as you paddle in these beautiful waters.
The Best Places to Kayak in Sequim
Sequim is a kayaker’s dream. Depending on your relative experience, you can paddle in serene, sheltered bays, or head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to tour the Dungeness Spit. There are many options to create your own kayak excursion, but we have a few suggestions to get you started.
Sequim and Discovery Bay are sheltered and peaceful kayaking locations. Launch within Sequim Bay at the John Wayne Marina or the Sequim Bay State Park. North of the bay there is a launch at Port Williams. The Travis Spit protects the entrance to the bay and leaves a narrow channel, so plan to ride the tides through it. Explore the bay’s historic landmarks and beautiful cliffs. When leaving the bay consult the tidal charts again, and ride the tide out. Then continue east to Discovery Bay. You will pass the wildlife refuge Protection Island, which is often an incredible place for some distant birdwatching. Violet Spit, on the east end of the island, is a popular sunbathing spot for harbor and elephant seals. Discovery Bay is larger and has 20 miles of shoreline. Since there is only one marina and public boat launch there is very little traffic, and you’ll feel like you have the entire bay to yourself.
The Dungeness Spit is a must-see when kayaking in Sequim. Travel the windswept west side on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the sheltered east side harbor. Launch your kayak from the Cline Spit or Dungeness Landing. Explore the Dungeness Harbor and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birdwatchers love this area, which is home to an incredible variety of seabirds. There are several areas that are approved for kayaking in the refuge, and it’s best to get acquainted with their map before you head out on your trip. After enjoying the harbor, head out to the Dungeness Bay and take in the views of the historic lighthouse. Once around to the west side, drift along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As you pass the windswept beach, look for Bald Eagles perched on driftwood. Continuing down, the spit’s terrain changes to grassy bluffs where many seabirds live. Keep an eye out for orca whales, they also like to visit the pristine waters around Sequim.
Kayak Groups and Rentals
There are many resources to help you plan your next kayaking trip. The Washington State Park website has a list of safety guidelines, as well as local paddling groups. For example, the Olympic Peninsula Paddler’s Club holds meetings at Sequim’s public library. There are also several Kayak and paddleboard rental businesses that offer lessons and guided tours. If you need to rent equipment, we recommend heading to GoXpeditions, which offers a variety of equipment, including sit-on-top kayaks, regular and extra-wide paddleboards, and pedal equipped kayaks. They also host paddle camps for kids where they can learn kayaking skills and safety. Given To Glide Paddle Sports sells new and used paddleboards, and their website is a great resource for paddling tips. Check out their extensive guide to traversing Sequim Bay that includes a custom map to help you navigate. For guided tours, consider one of the beginners or expert adventures offered by Adventures Through Kayaking. They also provide all the gear and take care of all the planning for you, which means you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure before you!
There are few places in the world more beautiful and well-suited to kayaking. You can spend a lifetime exploring all the treasures found here, which is one of the many reasons so many paddlers call Sequim home. Come out for a visit and see if we have the perfect home for you and your kayak. Our experienced and dedicated Real Estate Agents will be more than happy to help you make this particular dream a reality!