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3 Hour Family Kayaking Tour

Extremely friendly, knowledgable and helpful. She seemed at ease with our over zealous 11 year old (immediately finding ways for him to "help" her) all the way up to the oldsters in the group. Really impressed with the overall experience."
Maggie was wonderful and made the experience perfect.  Everyone from Grandma to grandson had a great time.  We loved touching the jellyfish!!"

3 Hour Family Tours   

    • Our Three Hour Family Tour is best for families with kids ages 5-13.  This way you can go at your own pace without feeling rushed by being with a group of adults.  We do not take ages under 5 years old for safety reasons.
    • Small Groups with Naturalist Guides...
      relax, interact, learn, and enjoy.
    • Kayak the West-Side of San Juan Island...
      the federally designated Whale habitat.
    • More Kayaking Time and Easy Kayak Dock Launch...
      keep your feet dry, no hauling gear to the beach, and spend time more kayaking!
    • Complimentary Transportation from our Friday Harbor Office...
      we provide free shuttles for all our trips.
Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

Recommended to bring:

    • T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Water resistant camera
    • Water + small snack
    • Comfy footwear
    • Pants or shorts
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

Coming for the day? It’s easy! Just leave your car parked in Anacortes and walk on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor. Our shop is just steps away from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor. Here you can check-in and catch our free shuttle to our private kayak docks.

Already on the island? Meet us at our shop at 40 Spring Street in Friday Harbor and then we will shuttle you to our private kayak docks.

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp

Meet Your Guides

Carrie

(Started in 2006) - Operations Manager - Carrie grew up boating on the lakes, rivers and coastlines of Maine. She became a registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide in 2004 and has since spent her time exploring coastal regions around the world. She has been sea kayaking in New Zealand, Australia, Bermuda, Costa Rica and guided tours in Mid-Coast Maine, North Carolina, the Florida Everglades and now the San Juan Islands. When Carrie is not kayaking, you could find her in the Cascades skiing, exploring New Zealand, attending a yoga class, trail running or biking around the island! Carrie is also an avid biker and has been on 2 different month long road bike trips. She is a recreation and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love for outdoor recreation with her guests on Crystal Seas and TerraTrek Tours. Carrie and her husband, Isaac, call the San Juan Islands home.

Albert

(Started in 2009) - Entering his 9th season with Crystal Seas Kayaking and Terra Trek Bicycle Adventures, Albert is a 7th generation San Juan Islander and a seasoned guide and naturalist. After finishing his undergraduate degree in ecological design and engineering at Western Washington University, Albert continued traveling the world--a passion he cultivated via study abroad programs during college. Most of his life, he's spent as much time outdoors as in, and has a contagious curiosity for nature, people and culture. Aside from kayaking and cycling, Albert explores running, yoga, hiking, backpacking, climbing, meditation, design, cooking, gardening and, of course, travelling. He looks forward to spending time with you on the water and on the roads. And he looks forward to making you outrageously delicious lunches, too.

Brett

(Started in 2014) - As a 6th generation San Juan Islander, Brett grew up kayaking, hiking and biking within the San Juan islands. He is also an avid backpacker and rock climber which makes it no surprise that the Grand Canyon is one of his favorite places to explore; other than the San Juans of course! Brett is currently studying mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in hopes to go into human-powered alternative energies over seas after graduating. Brett's favorite parts about being a guide are the many outdoor adventures, the wildlife and the ability to meet so many incredible people and share the beauty of the San Juan Islands with them.

Hannah

(Started in 2014) - Hannah grew up exploring the forests and rivers of the Missouri Ozarks. In 2013, she graduated from St. Louis University with degrees in Biology and Public Health; and a love of whitewater kayaking, outdoor adventure, and teaching. Since then, she's worked with youth in the outdoors- teaching outdoor leadership, science and ecology, as a kayak guide/naturalist and most recently as a crew member at Salish Sea Expeditions- introducing middle schoolers to the wonders of the Salish Sea and the joy of sailing. She loves the outdoors, adventuring, creating, cooking, backpacking, rock climbing and trail running. She is passionate about protecting the environment and can't wait to share her knowledge and love of the San Juan Islands with you!

Casey

Started in 2015 - Born and raised on San Juan Island, Casey has had the privilege of calling this beautiful place home. Naturally, he's passionately interested in the wildlife and the outdoor potential around the Pacific Northwest. He currently spends his winters at Colorado Mountain College pursing whatever activities he can, such as ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and white water kayaking. Casey loves to explore new places. He spent a season commercial fishing in Alaska, followed by an 8-month trip to Nepal and Southeast Asia. This is Casey's second season guiding for CSK, but he has spent much of his life playing around in boats in the San Juan Islands.

Angie

(Started in 2002) - Office manager/Owner - Angie grew up in the San Juan Islands and loves living here because of all the wildlife she gets to see just on a simple drive to town!  She loves to explore the world and has been to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Central America, Germany and Thailand.  She is the friendly face in the office at Crystal Seas in Friday Harbor. She'll help you choose which tour is best for you through e-mail and phone calls and give you advice about where to dine and stay.  She has been sea kayaking San Juan Islands west side since 1992 and is happy to help you plan a trip for your family.

Steve

Stephen Pomeroy (started 2013) A native Californio, graduated from Chico State Univ with a degree in environmental sciences. Since 2002 he has been guiding sea kayak & naturalist hiking tours in various natural landscapes such as Alaska, Mexico & Costa Rica. Today he winters in Mexico running his adventure tour company Mexitreks and summers in the SJI paddling with CSK. I love paddling the islands, there is something beautiful around every corner.

Krista

Started in 2015 - Krista's love for the outdoors began in the adventurous town of Bellingham, WA where she was born. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, and has since been pursuing skills in kayaking, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, rafting, backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and any new activity that comes her way. She has a variety of experience working with youth, people with disabilities, and also guiding mountain treks in the Andes of Ecuador. In the winter, Krista is found cooking for the employees of Mt.Baker Ski Area. She's always up for good conversation on long or short paddles, so don't be afraid to ask questions!

Fie

Fie considers herself a Washington native even though she has roots planted in many places around the world. She spent her early years on the move, living abroad and traveling with her family, this is where her love for nature, adventure and travel started. She continued to pursue her passion in school and received a degree in outdoor recreation and ecotourism. She has also worked with a handful of outdoor based non-profits, both domestically and internationally. She is madly in love with the outdoors and hopes to dedicate her life to teaching the world about the exponential benefits of the natural world. Fie also loves trails and you will most likely find her building, riding, running or hiking them!

Cassidy

Started in 2016 - I grew up on San Juan Island fishing and kayaking with my dad on the west side of San Juan. I love to be in the mountains either skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, some of my most memorable hikes have been to Peru where I got to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I’ve also been to the Grand Canyon National Park where I had the pleasure of spending six days hiking along the Colorado river. I'm currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Washington with an interest in renewable energy resources.

Sam

Sam grew up on San Juan Island and graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 2015. He loved growing up in such a small town community. It wasn’t just the small community feel he loved it was also being all the outdoor recreation he could get involved with. A few of his favorites include crabbing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and skiing. Besides being outdoors Sam enjoys meeting new people, traveling and learning (nerdy, he knows). He is currently majoring in Biochemistry at Gonzaga University over in Spokane, Washington but returns home every summer to work and play. However, Sam’s love for travel has taken him off the rock to many countries in Europe and South America. His favorite trip he has done was walking the Camino de Santiago, which is a pilgrimage that traverses over 400 miles of northern Spain ending in Santiago de Compostela. Ask him about it and he will go on forever, so tread lightly. He can’t wait to get to know you and spend some time either on the water or on a bike so lets get after it!

Dalton

Started in 2016 – After moving to San Juan Island at 9 years old, Dalton fell in love with the natural beauty and slow pace of life in San Juan Island. The accessibility of nature at home has inspired him to hike all around the world, from the Grand Canyon to the Inca Trail. Beyond backpacking, his passions include kayaking, reading, and soccer. Inspired by the year he spent abroad in Germany during high school, Dalton is currently studying international relations at Georgetown University, and hopes to one day serve as part of United States’ Foreign Service.

Tim

(Started in 1998) - Tim just loves to mess about in boats. He is not only a sea kayaker, he is also a canoeist, a sailor, and an oars man. Tim has kayaked in 18 states including Hawaii and Alaska, 6 Mexican states, and 3 Canadian provinces. During the summer evenings you can find Tim kayaking San Juan's west side or river kayaking on the mainland. In the winter you can catch him surf kayaking in Sayulita Mexico and working on photography projects or skiing with this brother. Tim also works during the summer aboard the 'Odyssey' as a first mate and naturalist with San Juan Excursions Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruises. Tim would love to spend some time on the water with you. As Tim always says, "See you on the water".

Johannes

(Started in 1994) - Founder/Owner - His first time to kayak in orca waters was when he was five years old with his father along the shores of San Juan Island. He began guiding tours at the young age of nineteen. What started as a summer job, turned into a lifetime career. Today you will find Johannes planning tours for our guests or guiding a trip along the west-side of San Juan Island. You will always sense his commitment to providing our guests with the highest quality kayak and bicycling tours imaginable. Mail keeps pouring into the office addressed to Johannes, reminding us of how ‘top rate’ Crystal Seas has become. Johannes is on the San Juan Island Parks Commission, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and active with the San Juan Island Kayak Association.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will I fit in the kayak and gear?

    Here’s a good way to get an idea if you will fit in the kayak. Most people of average body weight and height can fit into the kayak. All of our kayaks are doubles so there is more space that one might think.

    NOT SURE? PLEASE DO THIS: Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of the widest part of your body (hips/stomach/chest).

    Our SPRAY SKIRTS fits up to 43 inches including clothing, around the largest part of the midriff. The spray skirt is what you will wear around your torso. It connects to the kayak cockpit to keep you dry. You can wear it above or below your chest. There is a string to synch it to your body. If you can comfortably fit into it, you should be good to wear the spray skirt.

    Our COCKPIT dimensions are 31” Long x 16” Wide x 14.5 “ Deep.

    The cockpit is the opening area to get into the kayak. You will need to be able to sit down past it to get onto the kayak seat. Remember that your body parts can move and the boat is fiberglass so if you have hips that are around these dimensions, you can typically still sit into the kayak. What we want is for you to be able to safely exit the kayak. *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might not fit.

  • Am I too tall?

    The kayaks are most comfortable for people who are 6’ 4” ft. and under. If you are above this height, you may not feel comfortable. We can put tall people in the front of the kayak to give them more leg room. *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might be too tall.

  • What is the cancellation policy for your day tours, three hour tours and sunset tours?

    We try to be very lenient on our cancellation policy as long as we do not have to turn people away for your spots, but here is our formal policy... "For reservations of 4 people or less, if you cancel 24 hours or more in advance of the tour there will be no charge. For reservations of 5 people or more, if you cancel 72 hours or more in advance of the tour there will be no charge. Reservations of 4 people or less that are canceled within 24 hours of the tour, reservations of 5 people or more that are canceled within 72 hours of the tour and reservations that no-show will all be charged the full cost of the tour. All cancellations must be in writing and the charged amount is determined upon the date of receipt."

  • What if the weather is bad?

    Safety is our first priority. We have alternate routes in more protected areas if the weather is questionable. In the rare event that we have to cancel a trip, you will not be charged for your tour.

  • Will there be a restroom?

    Guests should use the restroom before the kayaks leave the docks as there are no places to stop once we are en route.

  • What if I am traveling alone? Can I still take a tour?

    Yes, you would get paired up with another guest or a guide. Please note that we require at least 2 people minimum to run a tour.

  • Should I book a private tour for my group?

    The minimum rate for a private tour is the equivalent of 6 to 8 people depending on the specific trip date and time. In most cases a non-private trip will be ideal, since we keep our groups small to achieve a personalized touch. Please contact us if you would like to book a private tour.

  • What is the youngest age allowed on a tour?

    On our Family 3 hour Tours and Family Sunset Tours the minimum age is 5. On our regular 3 Hour Tours, Sunset Tours and Day Tours the minimum age is 12.

  • Is this the best area for killer whale kayaking and when can we see them?

    The San Juan Islands offer a unique opportunity to see orcas in the wild. The area where we paddle is deep, nutrient rich water; perfect conditions for migrating salmon the orcas feed on. The Southern Resident killer whales come to the San Juans Islands to find their favorite fish; the Chinook salmon. The Southern Residents are commonly seen from June-September and J pod is often observed in the region’s waters year-round. We do not guarantee that you will see orcas on your tour, they are wild animals and can swim up to one hundred miles per day. We do kayak where they are most commonly seen, giving our guests the best opportunity for seeing an orca by kayak in Washington State.

  • How safe is sea kayaking near orca whales?

    There has never been a single incident of aggression against a kayaker or boater by an killer whale. Their diet consists mostly of salmon with an obvious preference for Chinook (King/Spring). Orcas are the largest of the dolphin family and are often seen being playful. When the orcas do get near, they will pass gracefully by. We follow the Be Whale Wise Guidelines as well as local, state and federal laws anytime we are in a kayak with orcas in the vicinity.

3 Hour Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

June 25 - September 30

This schedule shows the departure times of our tours throughout the day. It also shows the suggested Washington State Ferry times that you can take from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in time for the respective tour. It also shows the first available ferry departure time back to Anacortes. Please call us with your unique questions.

Ferry leaves Anacortes Ferry arrives Friday Harbor Meet at Crystal Seas Office Tour starts at Snug Harbor Tour ends at Snug Harbor Drop off in Friday Harbor Next ferry to Anacortes Ferry arrives Anacortes
6:25am 7:30am 8:15am 8:45am 11:45am 12:15pm 1:50pm 3:20pm
6:25am 7:30am 9:15am 9:45am 12:45pm 1:15pm 1:50pm 3:20pm
9:05am 10:10am 10:15am 10:45am 1:45pm 2:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:05am 10:10am 11:15am 11:45am 2:45pm 3:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:05am 10:10am 12:15pm 12:45pm 3:45pm 4:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
11:55am 1:00pm 1:15pm 1:45pm 4:45pm 5:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
11:55am 1:00pm 2:15pm 2:45pm 5:45pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
2:00pm 3:05pm 3:15pm 3:45pm 6:45pm 7:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
2:00pm 3:05pm 4:15pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 8:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
2:00pm 3:05pm 5:15pm 5:45pm 8:45pm 9:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
4:45pm 5:50pm 6:15pm 6:45pm 9:15pm* 9:45pm* 10:00pm 12:00am

Complimentary transportation. Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Includes launching and landing fees. Does not include 8.3% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$. *Sunset Tour ending times vary depending on time of sunset.

877-732-7877

October 1 - October 15

This schedule shows the departure times of our tours throughout the day. It also shows the suggested Washington State Ferry times that you can take from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in time for the respective tour. It also shows the first available ferry departure time back to Anacortes. Please call us with your unique questions.

Ferry leaves Anacortes Ferry arrives Friday Harbor Meet at Crystal Seas Office Tour starts at Snug Harbor Tour ends at Snug Harbor Drop off in Friday Harbor Next ferry to Anacortes Ferry arrives Anacortes
6:20am 7:40am 9:00am 9:30am 12:30pm 1:00pm 1:55pm 3:00pm
8:30am 9:55am 10:00am 10:30am 1:30pm 2:00pm ** See Notes ** See Notes
9:30am 10:35am 11:00am 11:30am 2:30pm 3:00pm 4:15pm 5:40pm
9:30am 10:35am 12:00pm 12:30pm 3:30pm 4:00pm 4:15pm 5:40pm
9:30am 10:35am 1:00pm 1:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm 6:25pm 7:50pm
9:30am 10:35am 2:00pm 2:30pm 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:25pm 7:50pm
9:30am 10:35am 3:00pm 3:30pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:45pm 9:05pm
2:40pm 3:45pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 7:15pm* 7:30pm* 7:45pm 9:05pm

*Sunset Tour ending times vary depending on time of sunset.

Additional Fall Ferry Schedule Notes:
** 10:30am 3 hour tour - There is a 1:55pm ferry departing from Friday Harbor which arrives at Anacortes at 3:00pm, we can typically get you back in time for this ferry if you are boarding as a foot passenger. If you wish to catch this ferry please make sure to let us know upon making your reservation. Additionally on Sundays there is a 2:15pm ferry which arrives at Anacortes at 3:55pm. Otherwise the next ferry departs from Friday Harbor daily at 4:15pm and arrives at Anacortes at 5:40pm.

Complimentary transportation. Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Includes launching and landing fees. Does not include 8.3% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$.

877-732-7877

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