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Family Kayak Camp to Camp

4-Day/3-Night Tour - $799 per person

All
INCLUSIVE
$799
  • Rustic Outer Island Camping
  • Transportation To & From Launch Site
  • All Kayaking Gear - Including Dry Bags
  • Gourmet Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • Happy Hour Featuring Local Beer/Wine
  • Whale Watch Tour Before Or After Trip
  • Kayaking Instruction And Guiding
  • Alcoholic Beverages Not Included
  • Sleeping Bag (Rentals Available)

Every Monday-Thursday from April-October
Custom tour dates available upon request.

 

We have not finalized next year's trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

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What's Included

We provide all campsites and camping gear, high quality sea kayaking gear, and transportation between our Friday Harbor shop and launch site(s). Your naturalist kayak guides will prepare locally sourced breakfasts, picnic lunches, and campsite dinners. For in-between meals we offer snacks and beverages. A regional wine is included after the day's activity. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. Our 4, 5, and 6 day tours allow one night for you to explore town on your own. This evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.

Family Focused Kayak Camp to Camp Tour Highlights

Included: Pacific Northwest Camping Experience
Included: Fantastic Meals (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners & Snacks)
Included: High Quality Sea Kayaks and Gear
Included: Whale Watching Wildlife Cruise aboard the Odyssey
Amazing Wildlife
Pristine Island Scenery
Unforgettable Memories
Small Group Sizes

Why Go with Crystal Seas?

The local experience

You’re not just another tourist when you travel with Crystal Seas. Your family can experience island life through the eyes of a local, we are passionate about sharing these beautiful islands with you and letting you in on all our local secrets. We always keep the tides, currents, and weather in mind when planning our day to keep your family safe. We will take you to the best beaches for our lunch break and pick the best campsites available. Come adventure with us!

Amazing Campsites

Our campsites are in the remote outer islands of the San Juan Islands with well cared for facilities and potable water provided by Washington State Parks. While we prep you delicious meals, you can enjoy a seaside campfire and take in the gorgeous vistas these outer islands have to offer. Your family will love exploring the wooded islands and tide pooling along the shores.

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

We begin each of our sea kayak tours with a thorough safety/kayak lesson to familiarize you with your equipment and adequately prepare you for your adventure. The lesson includes paddling technique, sea kayaking safety, tips on loading and unloading of your sea kayak, familiarization with our safety gear and providing other helpful and necessary skills for our kayak expedition. Safety is our number one priority and we will always take your skills into consideration when planning our expedition.

Gourmet meals

We know 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. Starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on your last day we provide all meals and plenty of snacks in between. Prior to your trip we send out food questionnaires and customize all of our meals to the various dietary requirements and preferences of all our guests.

Professional guides

We strongly believe that an outstanding professional guide can make the difference between a good trip and a fabulous trip, therefore we place a lot of emphasis on providing the best guides available. We choose guides who are friendly, knowledgeable, have a great attitude, are excellent leaders, great teachers and who love what they do. Our guides are family oriented and fun loving people you’ll want to squeeze in your suitcase to take home.

Small personal groups

Groups of 4 or more can request a private trip at no additional charge. Groups of two or three guests can buy one extra ticket to go private.

A great trip involves many factors. One of these is the group size. A smaller group is safer and allows for more interactions between the guides and guest. 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. With families we understand the needs of the group might change throughout the duration of a trip and we are always happy to make adjustments to accommodate.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Kayak along the West side of San Juan Island to Stuart Island with a lunch stop on Posey Island

Today we will paddle along the west side of San Juan Island heading north through Mosquito Pass to Posey Island, where we will break for lunch. After lunch we cross Spieden Channel continuing toward Stuart Island. Keep an eye out for the exotic animals that call Spieden Island home. Arriving at our campsite late in the afternoon we will spend some time setting up camp and relaxing while getting to know your fellow kayakers while your guide prepares dinner.

Day 2 - Circumnavigate Stuart Island

Today we may circumnavigate Stuart Island in search of orcas and eagles or take a picnic up to Lovers Leap and the Historic Lighthouse at the far Northwest point of the island. Either way, the day will be spent enjoying the beauty of the island and embracing some of the local color. This is your day to relax and enjoy being in nature with each other. Once back at camp in the evening, your guides will prepare a delicious dinner for all to enjoy. 

Day 3 - Kayak From Stuart To Jones Island

Today we pack up camp and kayak to Jones Island. Along the way you get to paddle the shores of Speiden Island, searching for the exotic game animals left behind from years past. We will break for lunch at Reuben Tarte Park, a picturesque point on the Northeast Corner of San Juan Island. After refueling we will make one last crossing over to Jones island. Jones is well known in the boating and kayaking community for its quiet harbors and friendly deer. Tonight, pick your favorite vista to watch the sun as it melts below the horizon. 

Day 4 - Kayak from Jones Island to Shaw Island & back to Friday Harbor

After a hot breakfast we will pack up camp and head toward home. Today we cross San Juan Channel to Shaw Island and then continuing across to the shores of San Juan Island. We will stop for lunch on Turn Island before ending the kayak expedition on San Juan Island, returning to Friday Harbor by mid-afternoon. Your trip is coming to an end, but the memories you made together over the last few days will last a lifetime.

Our Gourmet Meals Are

At Crystal Seas, we pride ourselves on the quality, heartiness, and delicious flavors of our hand-crafted meals. Your tour includes lunch on the first day to lunch on the last, and all meals in between.

Fresh

Delicious breakfasts served at your remote campsite. Picnic lunches are prepared daily by your guides.

Local

We support our local community and source many of our ingredients from farmers and providers right here in the San Juan Islands.

Organic

Eco friendly, sustainable, and GMO/pesticide free. A way of life for many islanders.

Personalized

Please inform us of your dietary preferences so we can prepare your custom meals. We can accommodate all eating preferences and allergies

Sample Menu

Breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, cream cheese, avocado, tomato, and spinach.
Fresh bakery San Juan baguette with house-made pesto, peppered turkey, sliced tomato, garden lettuce, and fresh mozzarella.
Wild and sustainably caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with a fresh garden salad and grilled asparagus served with a Washington wine.

*This is a small sampling of our many meals. Exact meals may vary based on dietary restrictions, allergies, food and beverage availability, trip duration and guide choices.

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Daily tour summary

4-Day/3-Night Camp to Camp Tour - $799 per person
  Activity Mileage Lodging
Day 1 Kayak along the West side of San Juan Island to Stuart Island with a lunch stop on Posey Island 8 miles Stuart Island - Camping
Day 2 Circumnavigate Stuart Island 9 miles Stuart Island - Camping
Day 3 Kayak From Stuart To Jones Island 8 miles Jones Island - Camping
Day 4 Kayak from Jones Island to Shaw Island & back to Friday Harbor 8 miles

Would you like two beds? Please read this...

Looking for a tour that has more biking and less kayaking? Please visit our sister company TerraTrek

Wildlife You Might See

Eagle

Sea Lions

Orcas Whales

Oyster Catchers

Fox

Harbor Seals

Dalls Porpoise

Salmon

Pigeon Guillemonts

Rhinoceros Auklet

Belted Kingfisher

Peregrine Falcon

Great Blue Heron

Blue Bird

Egg-Yoke Jellyfish (Phacellophora camtschatica)

Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)

Nudibranch

Comb Jellyfish

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kayak Camping Trips

Kayak "Camp to Camp"

4-Day/3-Night Tour

All
INCLUSIVE
$799
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Biking & Kayak Gear
  • Breakfasts
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages Not Included

Every Monday-Thursday from April-October
Custom tour dates available upon request.

 

We have not finalized next year's trip dates yet: please contact us with your desired trip dates so we can work to accommodate your request.

  Go Back
What's Included

We provide all campsites and camping gear, high quality sea kayaking gear, and transportation between our Friday Harbor shop and launch site(s). Your naturalist kayak guides will prepare locally sourced breakfasts, picnic lunches, and campsite dinners. For in-between meals we offer snacks and beverages. A regional wine is included after the day's activity. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. Our 4, 5, and 6 day tours allow one night for you to explore town on your own. This evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.

Even More Relaxed cancellation and refund policy

14 or more days before the trip date, full refund of all payments less a $30 per person cancellation fee. 0-13 days before the trip date, guests will be charged 100% of the entire trip cost and no refunds will be made. All cancellations must be in writing and charged amount is determined upon the date of receipt.

Deposit policy

We ask for a 50% deposit when you make your reservation for a trip that is more than 60 days in the future. If the trip is 60 days or less in the future, then full payment upon making your reservation is required.