Donnie412

Paddling Through a Paradise

Reviewed June 10, 2015 NEW
"William our guide, was the best part of our kayaking trip. Yes, the sights were beautiful. Yes, the kayaks were easy to use. Yes, the food was outstanding. However, Williams' knowledge of the area, animals, and life made the conversations engaging. He was a great teacher and we could feel that he cared about our overall experience. Our one complaint is that we did not book a longer trip. We wish we booked a 3 or 5 day adventure. Thank you for everything. We hope to have the opportunity to visit Friday Harbor again and share another adventure with Crystal Seas. "
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
WDLuisi

Crystal Seas Sunset Kayak Cruise Delivers

Reviewed June 9, 2015 NEW
Great group of people, great equipment. One of the few places that provides a dry launch. If you have never ocean kayaked prepare to get wet getting into and out of the boat. So have the proper footwear with you. Not with Crystal Seas. The have to boats is slips with docks on both sides. Just slip into or out of the boat from the dock.
Kayak the Westside

Kayak the Westside

Reviewed June 9, 2015
Corey was our local guide who was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the island. The tour was informative and exciting. Was this review helpful?Yes

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

Cooper H

Sea Otters and Sunsets oh my!!

Reviewed June 8, 2015 NEW
While getting to Friday Harbor from Seattle takes a considerable amount of time, I was in awe at the beauty of the island. I have previously been kayaking around lakes, but this time was much more fun. Myself and my friend had a lot of fun kayaking. Our guide Brett led us on a 3 hour tour which included seeing eagles, seals, and even a family of sea otters scampering around! Brett was hilarious and really took time to hang out with us and show us around the water. He is such a charming young man. I really enjoyed this tour and I will definitely be back again in the future!
Flo S

Bit of dad & daughter time

Reviewed August 5, 2014
Teen daughter and Hubs have raved about their sunset tour. Perfect time of day and length of trip for them. Lovely guide, they said. Thanks Crystal - we hope to be back.
Frankie M

Beautiful Sunset Kayak Trip

Reviewed June 2, 2015
This adventure was just what my husband and I were looking for on our short visit to the San Juan Islands. It was super easy to book. Everyone is so friendly. Loved our guides Dakota and Erin. They were both so good at prepping us for the kayaking trip. Both were very knowledgeable on wildlife and various topics. We saw a bald eagle and a seal with her pup. It truly was an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you Crystal Seas Kayaking!! Hope we see you again!
Elise C

Spectacular

Reviewed May 29, 2015
Words can't express what a phenomenal experience this was for us. My boyfriend is an avid kayaker, but it was only my second time (and the first time at sea). Timmy was our guide and couldn't have been more awesome -- sharing not only local stories and points of interest, but also educating us on the gorgeous nature all around us (and we thought we were pretty knowledgeable!). We lucked out and were the only guests on the sunset trip. The water was as smooth as glass and the weather was perfect. Bald eagles flew overhead, often seeming to keep pace with us on our almost four-hour round trip. This was the trip of a lifetime for me and I can't recommend strongly enough the experience of kayaking along the shore, watching the sun set, and in great company. Absolutely phenomenal.

3 Hour Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

April 1 - June 13

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 8.3% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$. *Sunset Tour ending times vary depending on time of sunset.

877-732-7877

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.

877-732-7877

September 20 - 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 8.3% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$.

877-732-7877
 
Dawn C

3 hour sunset tour snug harbor

Reviewed May 26, 2015
We had a wonderful time. We lucked out and no one else was on our tour so it was as if we had a private sunset your. Cory and Krista were so nice and sweet. Wonderful time overall!:)
naesc

Great time w/ beautiful views

Reviewed May 20, 2015
Wife and I went on a sunset tour. They picked us up and dropped us off from center of town. Our guide was just right in terms of giving us info about the area but not being overly chatty. She was also completely open to us charting our own path so to speak. The area is very picturesque with good chance to see various wild life (we saw eagles, sea lions pretty close and it was pre start of the real viewing season). Even the recommendation for a place to dinner was spot on! Strong recommend based on our experience.
leogmichael

Excellent day on the water.

Reviewed May 11, 2015
We took the full day tour, about 5-6 hours paddling, from Snug Harbor down past Deadman's Bay. The weather was beautiful and the water was calm. We rowed at a challenging but comfortable pace, stopped for lunch at Deadman's. After lunch we scoured the coastline for the amazing sea life and then road the current home. Our guide, Corey, was knowledgeable, easy to be with and made it feel like we were traveling with friends. The gear was excellent. Our kayak was an Eddyline tandem that was top of the line. The paddles, PFDs and skirts were excellent also. No complaints about the equipment. All in all it was a great day and we would recommend Crystal Seas to any of our friends.

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