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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. "
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, and spend more time kayaking!
    • Complimentary Transportation from our Friday Harbor Office...
      we provide free shuttles for all our trips.

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 meet you at our office in Friday Harbor and shuttle you to our private kayak docks at Snug Harbor.
 

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouse
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this the best area for kayaking with killer whales (orcas) and when can we see them?

The San Juan Islands offer a unique opportunity to see orcas in the wild. The area where we paddle is deep, nutrient rich water; perfect conditions for migrating salmon the orcas feed on. The Southern Resident killer whales come to the San Juans Islands to find their favorite fish; the Chinook salmon. The Southern Residents are commonly seen from June-September and J pod is often observed in the region’s waters year-round. We do not guarantee that you will see orcas on your tour, they are wild animals and can swim up to one hundred miles per day. We do kayak where they are most commonly seen, giving our guests the best opportunity for seeing an orca by kayak in Washington State.

How safe is sea kayaking near killer whales?

There has never been a single incident of aggression against a kayaker or boater by an killer whale. Their diet consists mostly of salmon with an obvious preference for Chinook (King/Spring). Orcas are the largest of the dolphin family and are often seen being playful. When the orcas do get near, they will pass gracefully by. We follow the Be Whale Wise Guidelines as well as local, state and federal laws anytime we are in a kayak with orcas in the vicinity.

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
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!

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
9:10am 10:15am 11:15am 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 8.3% 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.

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.
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!:)

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