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!!!
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
Lori M

Highlight of our trip!

Reviewed August 11, 2014
Just returned from a 3 day trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The highlight of our trip was a 3 hour kayaking tour with Crystal Seas Kayaking. You do not need a car for this adventure as Crystal Seas has a store front right on Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor. From the store front, they load up all the participants in a cargo van and provide transportation to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where the kayaks are launched. Super convenient for those who walked or biked on the ferry. Our guide, William, was awesome! We felt very safe with him and had a ball. He's very comfortable to be around. He was especially kind and patient with my 8 yr old daughter. We learned all about our surroundings as we were paddling for 3 hours. And YES, we even saw some whales! I would definitely request William as a guide when we return next summer." Our entire experience was "5 star" with this outfitter!

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

Double64Double

Great Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Reviewed August 10, 2014
Our daughters enjoyed their first Sea Kayaking adventure. The staff were professional and friendly. The kids felt safe and the guide did a good job monitoring the small group. Although the group assembles in Friday Harbor, they left from nearby snug harbor which was a comfortable place to wait and watch them start and end their trip. They got to see lots of wildlife and said they had a wonderful time.
Flo S

Bit of dad and 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 Seas - we hope to be back.

Full Day San Juan Island Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

April 1 - June 13

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 14 - September 19

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 20- 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.

sherekhan_11

A perfect evening

Reviewed July 31, 2014
Hannah was our guide for a sunset cruise. There were 4 guests (in 2, 2 person kayaks) and Hannah. The weather was perfect with glassy water and a gorgeous sunset. We saw a lot of seal and eagles as we paddled by beautiful cliffs on the way out from Snug Harbor. I highly recommend this tour.
602JoanG

Kayaking Heaven

Reviewed July 31, 2014
This was the high point of our visit to San Juan Island. The Kayaks were high quality, comfortable and easy to maneuver. Prior to embarkation from the charming Snug Harbor, our guide trained our small group in proper Kayak technique and throughout the tour, occasionally entertained us with insider information about the local sea life and ongoing local scientific studies. We saw an Eagle chasing a seagull and took a break in a kelp bed near Jacque Cousteau's son's dive boat. The sea is crystal clear and must be a perfect place to dive. Experiencing the breath taking coastal scenery left a lasting impression to savor and enjoy. This was money well spent.
Hermione737

Great for families of varied ages and abilities

Reviewed July 30, 2014
We were a group of 6--3 kids (9-12) and 3 adults--of varied ages, experience, and abilities. Our guide was great at helping us all have a good time and helping each of us at our level. We also learned a lot about sea life living in the inter-tidal area. She helped us raft up when, much to our glee, orcas came into view! A great trip!
Daniel D

Had to cancel but received excellent service”

Reviewed July 28, 2014
I unfortunately had to cancel my trip with Crystal Seas because of a family situation. The folks at Crystal Seas were very understanding and provided a prompt refund. Excellent business practices, and I hope to actually do the trip next year--very much looking forward to it.

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