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.
The attention to your guests is absolute and refreshing. I would recommend Crystal Seas Kayaking to anyone looking for a great, all-round, experience.
Jason
Our guide did a wonderful job and gave us a truly extraordinary experience. It was during our return that we saw a group of orca whales moving along the west coast of the island. It was a fantastic experience for us.
Lynn & Susan Patterson

Full Day Kayaking Tour

Full Day Kayaking Tour

Full Day 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 + picnic lunch
  • Comfortable 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
  • Lighthouse
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • 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.

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

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!"
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!

Full Day San Juan Island Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

April 1 - June 15

This schedule shows our day tour departure time and the suggested Washington State Ferry departure time from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. 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
9:30am 10:35am 11:00am 11:30am 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:25pm 7:50pm
877-732-7877

June 16 - September 21

This schedule shows our day tour departure time and the suggested Washington State Ferry departure time from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. 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
9:00am 10:05am 11:10am 11:45am 5:45pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 7:35pm
877-732-7877

September 22- October 31

This schedule shows our day tour departure time and the suggested Washington State Ferry departure time from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. 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 9:55am 11:00am 11:30am 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:25pm 7:50pm
877-732-7877

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.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

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!
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!

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