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3 Hour Kayaking Tour

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 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.
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
  • 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.

You might see:

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

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

3 Hour Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

June 14 - September 19

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
9:10am 10:15am 10:15am 10:45am 1:45pm 2:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:10am 10:15am 11:15am 11:45am 2:45pm 3:15pm 3:45pm 4:50pm
9:10am 10:15am 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.


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