iac134

5-day camping, kayaking & biking trip

Reviewed August 27, 2014
We absolutely loved it! Everything, from camp sites, kayaking experience and bike trails, was outstanding. Not to mention amazing food with local specialties. We forgot our water-resistant clothes, and our guide, Albert, of course, brought extras just in case, as well as extra boots, and many other extra things. One of the member of our group, decided to bike all the way to Mt. Constitution. While we enjoyed the views, our guide circled around in the van making sure that member didn't need a ride after all. We're treated like kings. This is our second time using Crystal Seas, and I can't think of any alternative for this type of vacation.
Our wedding party had an incredible experience with your tour group. Our guests really enjoyed their first time on the water. The professionalism and camaraderie shown by the guides was appreciated by all.
Donald & Renee Solick
Sea kayaking in the San Juans was terrific! You made it especially fun because of your knowledge of the wildlife. I'd really like to come back and do a trip over several days.
Linda Laurent

3 Hour Kayaking Tour

3 hour San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking Tour

3 Hour Tour Summary

  • Fun, Safe & Personal... No Experience Required...
    a blast for all skill levels.
  • 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...
    keeps your feet dry, no hauling gear to the beach. Results in more kayaking time!
  • Complimentary Transportation from our Friday Harbor Office...
    or meet us at our Snug Harbor launch site.

Recommended to bring:

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

Helpful Travel Info

Coming just for the day? It’s easy! Just leave your car parked in Anacortes and walk on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor where we will pick you up in our shuttle and take you to our private kayak docks.

Already going to be here? We are happy to pick you up at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor or you can meet us at our private kayak docks.

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
Jdp441

Great kayaking experience

Reviewed August 27, 2014
Hannah was a very good guide. She spent the right amount of time showing us how to use the equipment in a safe manner. We spent 3 hours kayaking along the coast of the San Juan Island which was beautiful. I would do this tour again if and when we return to San Juan Island.
DeeAnne1

Albert is the best!

Reviewed August 24, 2014
"Albert was fantastic! He made everyone comfortable and answered all the questions....no matter how odd. The tour was great!"

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

The San Juan Islands offer a unique opportunity during May through September to see orcas in the wild. The area where we paddle is deep nutrient rich water; perfect conditions for migrating salmon. So this is where the resident orcas come every year to find their favorite fish; the Chinook salmon. We do not guarantee that you will see orcas on your tour because they are wild and swim up to one hundred miles per day but we do kayak where they are most commonly seen, giving our guests the best opportunity for seeing an orca by kayaking 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 orca whale. 98% of the diet for the resident orcas consists of one type of fish; the Chinook (king) salmon. Other than that they eat fish. Orcas are the largest of the dolphin family so sometimes they can be seen being playful. At times they will peak their heads up out of the water which is called spy hopping...just to look around. When the orcas do get near, they will just pass gracefully by. We have a special protocol to follow when we see the orcas coming our way. We follow the Be Whale Wise Guidelines as well as local, state and federal laws anytime we are in a kayak with orca whales in the vicinity

Crystal C

Quite an experience!

Reviewed August 21, 2014
My wife and I took a half day trip with Sarah from Crystal Seas. We were filled with local knowledge of marine life, and historical bits. I would go out again with this tour group in a heartbeat!
Alison C

Kayaking with Brett

Reviewed August 21, 2014
Brett was absolutely fantastic. This was the first time that my parents, sister and I had ever been out to the San Juan Islands and Brett was not only knowledgeable about the area but also very welcoming of questions. He was able to connect to all the members of our group, which ranged in age from 21 to around 60 with ease. He appeared to really enjoy his job and made our experience absolutely amazing. I would absolutely book another trip with Crystal Seas Kayaking again the next time I venture out to the PNW!
Keith N

Beautiful experience

Reviewed August 19, 2014
It was my wife and I's first time kayaking and it was just a great experience all around. We did the sunset tour and coming from LA I think that's been the best sunset I've seen in my life.
DesertChicOnWheels

Awesome kayak trip

Reviewed August 19, 2014
Had a wonderful kayak trip off of the San Juan island. Excellent guide, beautiful scenery, and lucky for us, superb weather. I highly recommend this Crystal Seas Kayaking!

3 Hour Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

April 1 - June 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
8:30am 9:35am 10:00am 10:30am 1:30pm 2:00pm 4:15pm 5:40pm
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 7:30pm 8:00pm 10:05pm 11:10pm
2:40pm 3:45pm 5:00pm 5:30pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 10:05pm 11:10pm
4:30pm 5:50pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 9:15pm* 9:45pm* 10:05pm 11:10pm

Complimentary transportation. Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Includes launching and landing fees. Does not include 8.1% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$. *Sunset Tour ending times vary depending on time of sunset.

877-732-7877

June 16 - September 21

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 8:10am 8:45am 11:45am 12:15pm 1:50pm 3:20pm
6:25am 7:30am 9:10am 9:45am 12:45pm 1:15pm 1:50pm 3:20pm
9:00am 10:05am 10:10am 10:45am 1:45pm 2:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:00am 10:05am 11:10am 11:45am 2:45pm 3:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:00am 10:05am 12:10pm 12:45pm 3:45pm 4:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
11:55am 1:00pm 1:10pm 1:45pm 4:45pm 5:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
11:55am 1:00pm 2:10pm 2:45pm 5:45pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
2:00pm 3:05pm 3:10pm 3:45pm 6:45pm 7:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
2:00pm 3:05pm 4:10pm 4:45pm 7:45pm 8:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
2:00pm 3:05pm 5:10pm 5:45pm 8:45pm 9:15pm 10:00pm 12:00am
4:45pm 5:50pm 6:10pm 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 8.1% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$. *Sunset Tour ending times vary depending on time of sunset.

877-732-7877

September 22 - October 31

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 8.1% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$.

877-732-7877
alswife82

3 hour tour

Reviewed August 18, 2014
We really enjoyed our 3 hour kayak trip with our guide Elena. We were staying near Snug Harbor, and we are so glad that Crystal Seas was recommended to us! The equipment was great, and Elena shared lots of information on the area and the wildlife with us during our journey. We even had a fairly close encounter with a couple of Orcas during the trip! My husband is very tall, and Elena went above and beyond to be sure he was comfortable in the kayak. We met the group at Snug Harbor, but they do offer shuttle transportation from Friday Harbor as well. If we are lucky enough to come back to San Juan Island again, we'll book with Crystal Seas!
Sally L

Wonderful day trip!

Reviewed August 17, 2014
This was a wonderful kayaking experience! Molly, our guide was fantastic. She was helpful, entertaining, and full of information about the local flora and fauna. Highly recommend!
Aquaman_22

Excellent kayak trip!

Reviewed August 16, 2014
Our family of 3 had very little previous kayak experience and had a great time on our 3-hour tour. There were four others in the group with our guide Maya. We saw seals, bald eagles and many star fish on our trip. We got the impression that it's not very often you see killer whales on the 3-hour tours, so if you really want to see killer whales on your trip, I would recommend booking a charter with Legacy Charters - the best killer whale excursion (you will see whales!). But if you are just looking for an awesome kayak experience Crystal Seas was great!!!

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