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Full Day Kayaking Tour

The attention to your guests is absolute and refreshing. I would recommend Crystal Seas Kayaking to anyone looking for a great, all-round, experience.
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 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.
Please note that the vast majority of our trips follow the routes and itineraries listed on our website, but changes may occur for reasons of safety, weather, logistics and guide or administrative judgement.

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.

You might see:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouse
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp

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 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 orca 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.

Full Day San Juan Island Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

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

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.

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