leogmichael

“Excellent day on the water.”

Reviewed May 10, 2015
We took the full day tour, about 5-6 hours paddling, from Snug Harbor down past Deadman's Bay. The weather was beautiful and the water was calm. We rowed at a challenging but comfortable pace, stopped for lunch at Deadman's. After lunch we scoured the coastline for the amazing sea life and then road the current home. Our guide, Corey, was knowledgeable, easy to be with and made it feel like we were traveling with friends. The gear was excellent. Our kayak was an Eddyline tandem that was top of the line. The paddles, PFDs and skirts were excellent also. No complaints about the equipment. All in all it was a great day and we would recommend Crystal Seas to any of our friends.
I just went on the sunset tour and had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed the peacefulness of being on the water, the sunset and the whole experience. It was definitely the highlight of my trip, giving me a better perspective on life. The whole experience was truly inspiring. Thank you!!
Chera Prideaux
My fiancÚ and I would like to thank you for an awesome experience among the 3 pods of orcas we fortunately came across. Our guide was excellent, the equipment was in great condition and the sunset was splendid!
Rob Barth

Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour

Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour in the San Juan Islands

Sunset 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 + small snack
  • 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
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunset
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
Amanda G

“Great Sunset Kayak Trip!”

Reviewed May 8, 2015
My husband and I took a quick trip up to the SanJauan Islands during a weekend in Seattle. One of the items that was on the must-do list was a Sea Kayaking trip. After looking at a variety of companies, I booked with Crystal Seas. We booked the Sunset Kayak trip and Cory was our guide. First, the islands are beautiful and we couldn't have had better weather. We left the office around 5p and met Cory out in Snug Harbor. My husband and I have quite a bit of paddling experience in different vessels and types of bodies of water; but if you don't - Don't be scared off from this trip! Cory walked us through exactly what we needed to do and made us feel comfortable and able and prepared. After our brief intro we headed out of the harbor and were on our way. Cory let us go as slow or as fast we wanted. He made it clear it was OUR trip and gave us some recommendations on where to paddle to get the best current and then let us go. he talked us through what we were seeing and pointed out highlights. While we didn't happen to see any Orcas on this tour, we did see a MAGNIFICENT Stellar Sea Lion. The sunset was beautiful and shortly after we were back on the dock and on our way home. All in all...the 3-3.5 hour sunset tour was wonderful and definitely a highlight of the trip and a must do. I would recommend Crystal Sea to anyone. We're even thinking about going back and doing one of their overnight trips. :)
Addie76

“Excellent Tour”

Reviewed April 20, 2015
We did the 3 hour kayak tour with a guide. Beautiful views. Our guide, Dakota, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable of the the island and the island wildlife.

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

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.
aLOE98119

“Great Kayaking”

Reviewed September 18, 2014
I spend a wonderful, warm and calm day at sea - watching seals, eagles and other wildlife. It was exponentially improved because of our guide, Sara. Sara is a marine biologist that provided INCREDIBLE information during the row. Even though this kayak tour was a few dollars more, the guide, information, quiet launch location and small group was well worth it! PS - Crystal Seas is the kayak arm of San Juan Excursions.
Tronconeslover

“Great place to see the sunset!”

Reviewed September 17, 2014
We were out with our guide Corey on Saturday evening. It was a great time and I can't wait to go back! We saw many seals, a bald eagle and many other birds, dolphins, and a stellar sea lion. Finally, we turned around, paddled back to nearly home, and watched the sunset. It was a great time!

Sunset San Juan Island Sea Kayaking Tour Schedule:

Apr 1 - Jun 13

This schedule shows our sunset 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
4:30pm 5:50pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 9:15pm* 9:45pm* 10:05pm 11:10pm
877-732-7877

Jun 14 - Aug 1

This schedule shows our sunset 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
2:00pm 3:05pm 5:15pm 5:45pm 8:45pm* 9:15pm* 10:00pm 12:00am
4:45pm 5:50pm 6:15pm 6:45pm 9:15pm* 9:45pm* 10:00pm 12:00am
877-732-7877

Aug 2 - Sept 5

This schedule shows our sunset 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
2:00pm 3:05pm 5:15pm 5:45pm 8:45pm* 9:15pm* 10:00pm 12:00am
877-732-7877

Sept 6 - Sept 19

This schedule shows our sunset 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
2:00pm 3:05pm 4:15pm 4:45pm 7:45pm* 8:15pm* 10:00pm 12:00am
877-732-7877

Sept 20 - Oct 6

This schedule shows our sunset 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
2:40pm 3:45pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 7:15pm* 7:30pm* 7:45pm 9:05pm
877-732-7877

Oct 7 - Oct 20

This schedule shows our sunset 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 3:00pm 3:30pm 6:30pm* 7:00pm* 7:45pm 9:05pm
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.

 
Beth G

“Lovely sunset kayak tour”

Reviewed September 16, 2014
My partner and I did a sunset kayak tour with CS and had a WONDERFUL time. We didn't see orcas, but then we didn't expect to.* We did see seals, a sea lion (a bit unnerving, as he was in an area you usually don't see them and seemed to be following us for a bit), eagles, lots of other birds, and of course a gorgeous sunset. Our guide Elena was awesome - she was clearly, genuinely interested in what she was telling us about the Islands and the wildlife, and while I know she was keeping tabs on us to monitor our pace and to see if we needed help, she was very subtle and unobtrusive about it (I have sciatica, so I tend to shift around a little; she noticed the movement and asked if I needed help making adjustments, but again, wasn't pushy or overbearing about it). * I think it's highly unlikely that you'd see orcas on a half-day or sunset trip. I just don't think most people would be able to cover enough ground. If you're really focused on them, and don't want to take a whale watch boat, I'd opt for at least a full day trip and cross-reference locations of the most recent sitings with where the kayak outfitters start from/paddle to.
KristenG49

“Best kayaking trip...”

Reviewed September 7, 2014
I have been kayaking on this island a few times and have used just about every kayak outfitter on the island and this one is my favorite. I took a half day trip early one morning with Sarah. Highly recommend her! She is very knowledgable and really takes the time to not only teach kayaking but to teach you about the local area along the way as well. The best kayaking trip I've ever been on in my life!
LFam001

“Wonderful Kayaking Trip!”

Reviewed September 2, 2014
The family had a wonderful time on the 3 hour tour even with the rain :D Next time we'll book a longer one and look for orcas! Thanks Tim for a great experience (especially for the kids first time kayaking) - best guide ever!

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