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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
  • 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.

You might see:

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

Meet Your Guides


(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 Terra Trek Tours. Carrie and her husband, Isaac, call the San Juan Islands home.


(Started in 2007) - a 7th generation San Juan Islander, Albert is entering his 8th year guiding Kayaking and Terra Trek Bicycle Tours and is a seasoned guide and naturalist. A student of Plastics Engineering Technology at Western Washington University, he has worked to expand his education with experiences abroad. His most recent adventure education endeavor brought him to India to study outdoor leadership in the Himalayas. When he is not studying, working or smiling/laughing, you will most often find Albert cycling around the islands, paddling the waters of the Salish Sea, or inventing some new cooking creation--he loves food and cooking! (and let's be real... he will probably be smiling/laughing all the while) .


(Started in 2009) - Joe is a graduate of Colorado State University with two bachelors degrees in Spanish and Natural Resource Tourism. He's enjoyed traveling in Latin America and is always ready for a new experience. Joe guides many of the Terra Trek tours and helps keep the fleet in good working order. He's an easy going guy and when he's not on tour he enjoys staying active or just hanging out with friends.


(Started in 2012)- William hails from the beautiful Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. He has always loved exploring the mountains, forests, beaches and islands of the West Coast. He is an avid camper, kayaker, rock climber, bicyclist, coast steerer, photographer and dj. His passions include instructing, traveling, cooking, art and fitness. William has been teaching outdoor education in Washington and California for the past several years. He enjoys working as a naturalist on whale watching boats and guiding multi-day trips throughout the San Juan’s. He has most recently worked as a kayak instructor for UWC in Singapore and Malaysia. His favorite places to kayak are in Desolation Sound in British Columbia, Tioman Island in the South China Sea and the San Juan Islands in Washington State. This is Williams fifth year as a guide for Crystal Seas. He looks forward to paddling with you out on the water!


(Started in 2012) - A lifelong islander Corey has always has a great passion for the outdoors. In 2011 Corey graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School, which included a 30 day 300 mile kayak expedition in Patagonia. In the winter months Corey can be found in the small town of Glacier Washington. Where he spends 100+ days a year backcountry snowboarding and mountaineering in the North Cascades near Mt. Baker.


(Started in 2014) - Molly spent her early years swimming in the salty surf and rowing around the craggy coasts of Maine. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Education focusing on Marine Ecology. She enjoys harvesting shellfish & seaweeds, kayaking in San Juan Island sunsets and discovering new flora and fauna on the Salish Sea's coast. She is also an avid cyclist and loves a good long bike ride with hills, views, and surprises abound. This will be her second summer working with Crystal Seas Kayaking and Terra Trek. She is very excited to adventure with you!


(Started in 2014) - A Washington native, Maya loves the outdoors and lives for the pursuit of adventure. She spent last fall as the chef of a wooden schooner sailing from Friday Harbor to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She loves to travel, and has also lived in British Columbia, and Alaska. In the winter Maya can be found skiing both the lifts, and backcountry of the North Cascades. Maya recently transferred to Fairhaven College to pursue an interdisciplinary degree in journalism, environmental ethics, and social justice. Her other passions include kayaking, biking, backpacking, photography, and exploring the San Juan Islands.


(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.


(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!


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.


(Started in 2015) Max grew up in Duluth, Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Geology and a minor in Swedish language. A major component of his education included hands on field courses in Montana, Utah, and Nevada with a strong focus on learning and working outside. Max spends a large amount of his time traveling around the Western U.S. exploring national parks and camping in exotic national forests. Glacier, Olympic, North Cascades, and Rocky Mountain are some of his favorite parks. He has snorkeled with sea turtles in the Yucatan Peninsula, explored the west coast and mountains of Jamaica, and played soccer in Scandinavia. He is an avid craftsman and musician. He can be found playing guitar around a campfire or selling his hand made wire-wrapped jewelry in town. Max loves to bike, fly fish, mountaineer, and snowboard when he's not kayaking. His favorite parts of working for Crystal Seas are cooking delicious meals and having new, exciting experiences every trip!


(Started in 2015) - Julian moved to San Juan Island when he was 3 years old and has called it home ever since. He has been attending Oregon State University since 2013 and is majoring in Biology, with an option in Ecology and a Chemistry minor. As a product of the Pacific Northwest, Julian's passions include kayaking, backpacking, travelling, cycling and more recently, climbing! His passion for the outdoors keeps him constantly busy seeking new adventures, and he hopes to spend at least 6 months travelling overseas after he graduates from college.


(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.


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.


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 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!


Started in 2015 - Kinsey was raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado and has always been enamored with the natural world. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Hawaii with a bachelors in Environmental Anthropology after completing independent, funded research focused on small scale fishery economies. She is an accomplished naturalist and is passionate about nature conservation and education. Her hobbies are painting, birdwatching, reading and skiing. She recently returned from a five month trip to Asia where she worked for a sea turtle conservation group to combat egg poaching and increase awareness. In the future she hopes to work to support sustainable water rights legislation in the West to keep water flowing freely and cleanly all the way from the snow caps of her hometown to the open waters of the Pacific.


Started in 2013 - Miguel is a native Floridian who was drawn to the mountains and evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest. Since graduating from Florida State University he has been in constant search of the next big adventure, which has led him to hike, bike, and run (with the bulls!) on four continents - including 6 months spent trekking through South America and Patagonia. He spent the last two years exploring backcountry trails in Washington’s mountain ranges and becoming a certified Wilderness First Responder before finally landing in the San Juan Islands. His other passions include teaching guests about native ecosystems aboard a whale watch boat and pushing the envelope on outdoor gourmet cooking. Miguel has spent years in hospitality and loves crafting beautiful experiences for new friends!


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.


(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".


(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:

  • 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

  • I've kayaked many times, am in great physical shape, and want to kayak more than 3 hours; is the 3 hour tour a good fit for me?

    You and your group might find our Full Day Tour a better match for your skill and fitness levels.

3 Hour Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

June 25 - September 16

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.


September 17 - October 12

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$.


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