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
I can’t thank you enough for making our vacation so fantastic! I hope somewhere we just might meet again. Enjoy life, have fun, and best wishes for lots of good adventures.
Julie Jones
Our guides John and Kelly were both wonderful. John's knowledge of the San Juan Islands' history, flora and fauna is amazing. Kelly is clearly a kayaking pro!
Meredith Radow

Multi-Day Kayaking & Bicycling Camping Expeditions

San Juan Islands Multi-Day Kayaking & Bicycling Camping Tours

Kayak & Bike Camping Summary

Hey campers…here’s the ultimate multi-sport combination for the active at heart. It’s a vacation that includes not only sea kayaking, but includes bicycling the islands as well. Sea kayak one day among small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters and orcas…then cycle the next day along unpopulated roads past rolling pastures, dotted with sheep and along steep, breathtaking cliffs. Each night we will impress you with our culinary talents while you relax and enjoy camping at its finest!

Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.

Few people get to experience each island’s unique style the way that you will. Lopez Island (known for its friendliness and “the wave” that islanders give each other in passing) is the smallest of the major San Juan Islands. Orcas Island, with Moran State Park, the panoramic view on top of Mount Constitution, the lakes and waterfalls, is a must see when visiting. The coastline of San Juan Island ’s west side will leave you breathless with the view of the snow capped Olympic Peninsula. You will get to know these islands inside and out cycling and kayaking each one.

No experience is necessary.

Recommended to bring:

  • T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
  • Personal clothing & toiletries
  • Water resistant camera
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Pants or shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Hat
  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Vineyards
  • Cattle Point
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park
  • Sculpture Park
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!
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.

Times & Distances:

We paddle an average of 8-10 miles during each day which amounts to about 4 to 5 hours on the water. We shuttle you from Friday Harbor at 8:30 AM on the first day of your trip to our launch site and have you back into Friday Harbor by no later than 4:00 PM on your last day. We are glad to accommodate any needs which require variation from our normal schedule including any dietary needs or alterations in return times.

We bicycle an average of 20-30 miles each day with help of a support van to give you a lift if you need one. Routes run along the low-traffic country roads and you can stop when ever you like to check out the amazing views or visit a local art studio along the way.

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!!!

We provide Gourmet meals:

...starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on your last day we provide all meals in between. We feel that what you eat can be a major factor in the quality of your expedition and therefore we pride ourselves on the quality and heartiness of our well prepared meals. Prior to your trip we send out food questionnaires and customize all of our meals to the various dietary requirements of our guests. Below are just a few selections from our fabulous, first class menu.

-Ginger soy glazed king salmon served over basmati rice and topped with a fresh mango papaya salsa.

-Provincial butternut squash sweet potato soup seasoned with red pepper and herbs de provance, and served with garlic dipping bread and sun-dried tomato chicken sausage.

-Ginger Thai peanut sauce blended with fresh broccoli, zucchini, carrots, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and your choice of beef chicken or tofu, served over basmati rice, and garnished with fresh cilantro, bean sprouts, and a squirt of fresh lime.

In addition we work with local farmers and buy organic whenever possible

Our excellent knowledgeable and friendly nature/multi-sport guides...

... we strongly believe that an outstanding guide can make the difference between a good trip and a fabulous trip, therefore we place a lot of emphasis on using the best guides available. We pride ourselves on our choice of guides. We choose guides who are people persons, friendly, knowledgeable, have a great attitude, are excellent leaders, great teachers and who love what they do.

No previous sea kayaking experience is required...
...we begin each of our tours with a thorough safety/kayak lesson to familiarize you with your equipment so that you are adequately prepared for your adventure. This lesson includes paddling technique, sea kayaking safety, loading and unloading of your sea kayak, becoming familiar with our safety gear and other helpful and necessary preparation for our expedition.

*Previous knowledge of bicycling is a must.

Small personal groups…
… a great trip involves many factors. One of these is the group size. A smaller group is safer on and off the water, allows for more interactions between the guides and guest and gives our guests a chance to know each other. Furthermore, we can also adjust and modify the trip to the individual desires and interests of the group, allowing our guests to participate in various activities ranging from birding to advanced kayaking to custom bicycle routes for more mileage to photography. For all these reasons and more we keep our regularly scheduled multi-day expedition group size to 10 guests.

At least two guides on all of our multi-day kayaking & bicycling expeditions groups of 6 or more…
… one of our guides will make your trip with us great, but two will make it even better. We have at least two guides on all of our multi-day expeditions groups of 6 or more. This makes our trips safer, more intimate and allows our guides to offer our guests more, such as an evening paddle or hike, additional paddling skill development and more local folklore.

Camping at it's finest…
…we know that after a day of bicycling you are ready to take a warm shower.  Because of this, we stay at handpicked campsites whether it's lakeside at Moran State Park on Orcas or Lakedale on San Juan Island.  Our sites give you that "camping in the great outdoors" experience that you are looking for. 

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!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long of a drive is San Juan Island from Seattle?

We are about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then a beautiful 1 hour 20 minute ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Arrive to the Anacortes ferry terminal about 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5 to 2 hours before scheduled departure time if you are bringing your car to San Juan Island. We have a shuttle from the ferry in Friday Harbor to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where our tours depart from, for those who wish to leave their cars at the Anacortes ferry terminal. For ferry fees and schedules visit the Washington State Ferries website. You can also fly to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, click on Kenmore Air & San Juan Airlines

Do you take beginners?

Yes. All of our tours are designed with the beginner in mind. On all of our tours we give a safety & kayak lesson. All of our tours are guided so you will have an instructor near you the whole time.

What happens if there is a single person or an odd numbered group?

We use tandem (double) kayaks for all of our San Juan Island tours. If there is an odd number then one person will be in a kayak with a guide or someone from another odd number party.

Can you accommodate my food requirements on your multi-day tours?

Yes. We will send you a questionnaire when you make your reservation and our guides will plan accordingly.

Are showers available on the camping kayaking & bicycling tours?

Yes! We do have access to showers at our campsites.

Will I see whales on my tour?

Our tours are located in the area that whales are most commonly seen but we can't guarantee them. The resident J, K and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.

What kinds of wildlife could we see?

Some of the local flora and fauna are Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, Pacific Harbor Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's Porpoise, Great Blue Herons, Ochre Sea Stars, Blood Stars, Pacific Madrones, Douglas-firs, Western Cedars, Bull Kelp forests and Eel Grass beds.

SharaStar

"Will be back!"

Reviewed July 10, 2014
"We had a great time and our guides were awesome. We would certainly do it again! Everyone was very friendly and knowledgable about kayaking and had a lot of good history about the islands.

San Juan Islands Multi-Day Kayaking and Bicycling Camping Tour Schedule:

2-Day/1-Night - $499 per person

In Prime Orca Whale Territory.

Day 1:We will meet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our starting point, just outside of downtown. Today we will cycle along quite country roads, stopping at Whale Watch Park for lunch and wildlife viewing in the Lime Kiln State Park. Afterwards, we will cycle north visiting an Alpaca Farm, an English garden at British Camp, Roche Harbor for an afternoon coffee or ice cream and a sculpture park on 19 scenic acres. The bike route will take us right to our camp spot for the night at Lakedale Campground.

Day 2: Wake up to a hot breakfast and some locally roasted coffee prepared by your guide and get ready for a day on the water. We will shuttle to the beautiful Westside of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. After a day on the water your guide will bring you back into Friday Harbor in time for your next adventure.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Saturday-Sunday from April through October

877-732-7877

3-Day/2-Night - $799 per person

Days 1 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1:Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will set up camp at Lakedale Resort where you can relax as your guides prepare a delicious meal.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we will head out on bicycles along quite country roads, stopping at Whale Watch Park for lunch and wildlife viewing in the Lime Kiln State Park. Afterwards, we will cycle north visiting an Alpaca Farm, an English garden at British Camp, Roche Harbor for an afternoon coffee or ice cream and a sculpture park on 19 scenic acres. You guide can lead you up Mount Young to an amazing view of the northwestern San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountains and Canadian Rockies if you are up for some light hiking. Our cycling route will lead us back to our camp site for the night at Lakedale Campground.

Day 3: Today we enjoy our final breakfast together and then head to the west-side to paddle north near Henry Island. We follow the coastline north looking for harbor porpoise and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday from April-October

877-732-7877

4-Day/3-Night - $1099 per person

Day 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1:Our guides will meet you at ferry terminal on Orcas Island and then shuttle you to the southern edge of Orcas where we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; padding from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy hiking around lakes and down to a water fall after a wonderful campsite dinner served under old growth trees in Moran State Park.

Day 2: This morning we will prepare a delicious breakfast for you and then shuttle your group to take the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Today we will cycle along quite country roads, stopping at Whale Watch Park for lunch and wildlife viewing in the Lime Kiln State Park. Afterwards, we will cycle north visiting an Alpaca Farm, an English garden at British Camp, Roche Harbor and a sculpture park on 19 scenic acres. Ending the day back at Lakedale Campground.

Day 3: After breakfast we will head to the west-side of San Juan Island and begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Or taste a piece of bull kelp which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight you can relax or go for a swim in the lake as your guides prepare a delicious meal.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will pack camp up and get ready for a day of exploring the island by bicycle. We will cycle across the Island to the southern tip of the island and enjoy the amazing vistas along the way. We stop off in American camp and learn about some of our islands history. Ride across the redoubt and continue biking to Cattle Point for a picnic lunch overlooking the rough waters of Cattle Pass. The tour can end there if you need to catch an early ferry or you are welcome to enjoy the scenic cycle back to town that afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

5-Day/4-Night - $1399 per person

Days 3 & 5 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1:We will meet you at the ferry terminal on Orcas Island and then cycle the horseshoe highway along Orcas Island’s enchanted evergreen lined roads. We will stop for lunch in Eastsound where you can buy gifts and mingle with friendly locals then we journey on though Moran State Park where we will be camping for the next two nights. Here you can go for a swim in the lake or hike through an old growth forest to a waterfall. You can catch a ride or cycle to the top of Mount Constitution where you will have a panoramic view of all the San Juan Islands, neighboring Canada, Mount Baker, Mount Rainer, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. Tonight we will serve you a delicious camp site meal made with savory island grown food and local wine.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we will paddle along the shoreline of the Wasp Islands where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening you can enjoy more hiking and a wonderful campsite dinner.

Day 3: We will serve you breakfast and then your group will take the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a day of kayaking along the evergreen cloaked coastline of the west-side. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak up the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will set up camp at Lakedale Resort where you can relax or swim in the lake as your guides prepare dinner.

Day 4: Wake up to the sound of birds mingling on the lake and then prepare to bicycle! Today we will cycle along quite country roads, stopping at Whale Watch Park for lunch and wildlife viewing in the Lime Kiln State Park. Afterwards, we will cycle north visiting an Alpaca Farm, an English garden at British Camp, Roche Harbor and a sculpture park on 19 scenic acres. Ending the day back at Lakedale Campground.

Day 5: Today we enjoy our final breakfast together and then head to the west-side to paddle north near Henry Island. We follow the coastline north looking for harbor porpoise and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on Posey Island or one of the other remote beaches. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

6-Day/5-Night - $1699 per person

Day 6 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Our friendly guides will greet you on scenic Lopez Island. We begin our bicycling journeys along unpopulated winding roads that hug the shoreline. Ride through rolling pastures, past century old farmhouses and rest at a beautiful pebbled beach with a picturesque view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Tonight we stay at the Lopez Farm where you will get to experience your first gourmet camp side meal prepared by our fun and entertaining guides.

Day 2: Today we will paddle the northern tip of Lopez Island along Swifts Bay stopping for lunch at Spencer Spit State Park. As we kayak around the smaller islands to the east of Lopez, look out for migratory birds, seals and bald eagles. Tonight we will retreat back to the Lopez Farm where we can usually see deer grazing in the surrounding fields.

Day 3: Wake up early to watch the sunrise and then grab a cup of fresh coffee while your guides make a gourmet breakfast which includes fresh fruits from the island's orchards. Afterwards, we take the ferry to Orcas Island where we set off on scenic, less traveled side roads to Eastsound, a small village on the island. Here you can shop, send a postcard home or visit with friendly locals. Once everyone has had a chance to taste island living, we journey on to Moran State Park where we will stay for 2 nights. Cycle or catch a lift to the top of 2,409 foot high Mount Constitution, for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the San Juan Islands, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and neighboring Canada. Tonight we will dine on fresh local cuisine. Afterwards, you may want to take a romantic, moonlit stroll along the lake to end your evening.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will paddle along the shoreline of the Wasp Islands where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening you can enjoy more hiking and a wonderful campsite dinner.

Day 5: This morning we will catch the ferry to Friday Harbor. This is home to many of our staff so don't be surprised if your guides say hello to fellow islanders in passing. Because many of us are residents to this island paradise, we love to surprise you with special hospitality when visiting San Juan Island. Today we cycle along San Juan Island's west side where you can enjoy expansive views of the Olympic Peninsula and Victoria B.C. If you're lucky, you might spot a whale during lunch at Whale Watch Park! Afterwards, we head to Roche Harbor. This historical resort and marina has its own laid back pace. Here you can browse the shops or stroll through the English Gardens. Tonight we will camp at Lakedale. Walk among the apple orchards or go for a dip in the lake while your guides prepare an impressive dinner.

Day 6: This morning we will shuttle to the beautiful westside of San Juan Island. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Keep your eyes on the lookout for orca whales, seals and bald eagles. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges. Or taste a piece of bull kelp which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools. We will paddle back and then end the tour back at the ferry landing in Friday Harbor.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Sunday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person in US$.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

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

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