Russ P

"Kayaking Extraordinaire"

Reviewed July 19, 2014
We wanted to share what an awesome experience we had with Corey and Hannah. We were treated to wonderful guides, great cooking, fun times, not to mention teaching our group the in's and out's of kayaking. Our experience was unbelievable and we will carry this memory forever. With no hesitation we will recommend this trip to our fiends and let them know CrystalSeas is the way to go. Thank you for making our kayaking trip so memorable with your professional and considerate staff. Corey and Hannah are AWESOME! Russ and Shannon
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
Terrie P

"WOW!!! And WOW again

Reviewed July 18, 2014
That is really enough said. Our 4 day Inn to Inn kayaking adventure was AMAZING! Albert took care of our every need (plus many needs that we did not even know that we had!) The paddles each day were amazing. The lunches that Albert put together on the beautiful beach areas were we stopped were delicious. The nightly accommodations were incredible. The evening meals were in some of the best little restaurants available. In short, WOW! Thanks Albert for taking care of us in such an amazing way. We were truly spoiled!

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

leo28

"Beautiful Sunset Paddle!"

Reviewed July 18, 2014
I booked two 3-hour trips with Crystal Seas Kayaking, one during the day and a sunset paddle. I chose this company because it leaves out of Snug Harbor and I was staying at the resort, which made for a convenient commute before and after the trips. On our first trip, there were two in my group and a group of seven. The company sent two guides, one for us and one for the other group. At the time I didn't think much of it. The sunset paddle was the two if us and a group of nine. Again, they sent us our own guide. We went the same place so we could have easily been put in with the larger group, maybe they do it for safety reasons I don't know. Whatever the reason, I thought it was really nice that we didn't get lumped into a bigger group and their dynamics. Our guides were both very nice and personable. Since we got all the paddling tips on our first trip, our second guide just let us get in and go. We got different information and saw different wildlife on each trip. The water was relatively calm which made for easy paddling. I did not feel like I had to keep up, they let us paddle at our own pace and enjoy the experience.
Oli W

"Crystal Seas Kayaking - Day Tour"

Reviewed July 17, 2014
All the staff were really friendly. Beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife - we saw eagles, seals, ocher starfish, blood starfish, egg-yolk jellyfish, cormorants and black oyster catchers. Our guide was very informative also. All in all, thumbs up!!!

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
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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
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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.

Tami F

"What an Experience"

Reviewed July 15, 2014
From the beginning the entire staff was professional and fun. This was a first time for us and they were patient and explained everything very well. Alex, our guide, was awesome! He had lots of information and kept us informed. The kayaking was fun and a great experience. We did the 3-hour tour with myself, husband, 76-year old father-in-law, 13 and 11 year old kids. If we can do it, you can.
JoGreendale

Excellent sunset kayak tour

Reviewed July 13, 2014
"My husband and I had a FANTASTIC time on our sunset tour. Katie was very skilled and knowledgable and made our evening safe and fun! We will highly recommend CrystalSeas and look forward to a return visit :)"
319ellenp

"Amazing trip!"

Reviewed July 11, 2014
This trip was amazing from start to finish, I don't even know where to start with this review. Let's see if I can break it down...The guides - Corey was amazing! Super nice and accommodating. His cooking skills were the best and I couldn't believe he fit everything into a kayak. I wish I could bring him home with me. He accommodated all the food/dietary requirements of the group. He was training a new guide on our trip and they were a great team. Scenery - The area was beautiful. We had great weather so that really help. We saw all kinds of animals and the guides were knowledgeable about all of them. They were also great at explaining history, geology, and geography. We even wrapped up the trip with a whale spotting. Camping - Great camp sites. The company had nice tents and other equipment. The bathrooms at the camp sites were clean and as good as you can get for that type of thing. The locations also had good hiking. So overall an amazing trip. Positives - guides, food, itinerary. Negatives - we never saw the killer whales. I would recommend this trip and this company to anyone. This is one of the best guided trips I have ever been on.
Melissa S

"Did I mention the food?"

Reviewed July 10, 2014
June kayak trip with my mom and sister. No kids, no husbands, no daily "to do" list other than get out on the water, kayak and soak up the scenery. Yes, the perfect stage for the perfect 3 day getaway. Start to finish, Crystal Seas Kayaking was easy to work with and provided the highest level of customer service. Scheduling was a breeze and they were prompt with follow-up to my numerous inquiries and questions prior to departure. As hoped, our pick up at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor to the bay with the kayaks was seamless. Gear and equipment was top of the line. Our guides, Cory and Logan did a nice kayaking 101 to get us familiar with what to expect once we hit the water. After that- we were off! Each day we averaged 5-6 hours of kayaking- which might sound miserable and too long. But Cory and Logan are masters at timing.... between the snack breaks, educational breaks, lunch breaks...I never felt fatigued. Our tour was able to cover the necessary distance daily, while keeping an enjoyable pace. With all of the kayaking and fresh air, I had an increased appetite. Which leads to the value add regarding the food served on the Crystal Seas Kayaking tours. Everything was locally sourced. Fresh salmon, local berries, cheese, mixed greens are but a few examples. Nothing was dehydrated. Cory and Logan took each meal as an opportunity for us to experience the San Juan Islands through food and the local seasonal bounty. We ate like kings during our 3 day tour! Top notch trip, top notch kayak tour company! Thank you Cory and Logan for exceeding our expectations!

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