Debbie J

“Four days of kayaking - loved it!”

Reviewed October 16, 2014
"Albert was the perfect guide. It turned out that it was just my friend Mary and I, and Albert on the kayaking trip. It was great. I loved that he would make us lunch on an island, we really felt pampered. The equipment was high quality, like we own and use at home, and we really appreciated that. Loved, loved the vacation. I can't say enough good things about Albert. The perfect guide; he would check to see if we were getting too tired to paddle throughout the day; he was always concerned about our wellbeing. A truly nice young man."
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
RogerK935

“A great adventure!”

Reviewed October 16, 2014
We took the 3 day kayak camping trip with Crystal Seas. An excellent way to try sea kayaking. The food prepared by our guides was excellent and was made with locally grown ingredients. We camped 2 nights on Stuart Island, an interesting place to hike. Everything was first class. We will go again.

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

eagould

“Kayaking the San Juans in style”

Reviewed October 15, 2014
We did a 5 day, 4 night rafting trip with Crystal Seas, which was perfect! We have been on many rafting trips but this food was the best by far. Irene and Kevin were a great team! They were able to adjust to our needs - we had five adults, two teen agers and a 22-year-old and everyone was psyched to do it again next year. We had some long paddling days followed by a chill day paddling to Yellow Island and getting ice cream in Eastsound on Orcas Island. The Islands speak for themselves, but it was enhanced by Irene and Kevin's local and natural history knowledge.
Barry E

“Outstanding vacation in the San Juans”

Reviewed October 12, 2014
If you're looking for an active vacation, like to bike & kayak, and want to see the San Juans in style we highly recommend TerraTrek Tours. Our guides, Joe & Adrienne, were both outstanding, and the meals, lodging and everything else was top notch. Truly a memorable trip.

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.

Janice I

“Great Cycling Package”

Reviewed October 12, 2014
"You delivered a first class vacation that our entire group agreed was incredible! We didn't want for the trip to end!"
KimMitchell2014

“The experience of a lifetime”

Reviewed October 9, 2014
We took a 3 day kayak/camping trip with Crystal Seas. Our guides, Kevin and Cory, were wonderful, and the scenery was spectacular. The islands are beautiful and we saw so much marine life, plus bald eagles and deer on the islands. Kevin impressed us all with his knowledge of the islands and the currents, and Cory is the most incredble chef. Both of them were very friendly and polite... they were a pleasure to be around. I paddled with Kevin and I felt very safe even when the water got a little rough... he's a wonderful young man, very thoughtful and intelligent.
Mark Z

Awesome October Trip”

Reviewed October 8, 2014
Had a great trip out with Tim. Weather was great, we saw seals, a stellar sea lion, a bald eagle and several bird species. Would highly recommend Crystal Seas and Tim was an extremely knowledgeable, fun guide. We will be back!
MLRPDX

“Great guide, great views, great experience!!”

Reviewed September 22, 2014
Maya was great, the weather was beautiful, and the scenery was amazing! Couldn't ask for a better trip. Maya was really knowledgable and excited about her job and the marine environment, even the houses on the hills above us. She made us feel really comfortable on the water, and it was great! Best part of our trip.

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