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 best beaches for tide pooling and select routes that allow for the best wildlife viewing.

Top Notch Accommodations

Our Inn to Inn Kayak Tours include staying at the Friday Harbor House or Tucker House on San Juan Island and the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas Island. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest as we choose only the best rooms available at these relaxing inns. Enjoy breakfast at your inn made by your innkeepers with ingredients from local farms. If your expectations are high then this tour will exceed them!

Small personal groups

A great trip involves many factors. One of these is the group size. A smaller group is safer, 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 photography opportunities. For all these reasons and more we keep our regularly scheduled multi-day expedition group size to 8 guests or less ( unless a private trip ).

Private and custom tours are available upon request.

Best Island restaurants

Our all inclusive trip involves eating at the most desired restaurants in the San Juan Islands. On all of our trips our guests are allowed to choose from the full menu and select anything and everything they want**. We select all the top quality restaurants, giving you the best dining experience the San Juan Islands have to offer.

**We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages with dinner.

Gourmet family meals

Starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on your last day we provide your family with all meals in between*. We feel that what you eat can be a major factor in the quality of your expedition and therefore we proute 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 your family.

*Our 4, 5 and 6 day tours allow one night for you and your family to explore town on your own. This evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.

**We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages with dinner.

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 family friendly, knowledgeable, have a great attitude, are excellent leaders, great teachers and who love what they do. We provide two guides on all of our bicycling expeditions groups of 6 or more.


In an average day of your kayak trip we will paddle 8-10 miles, amounting to approximately 4 to 5 hours of time on the water. The day is split up with a few stops for eating, stretching and necessary restroom breaks on various public-landing spots throughout the San Juan Islands.

Tailored to your skill level

We begin each of our tours with a thorough safety and 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, becoming familiar with our safety gear and other helpful and necessary preparation for our expedition.

Our Gourmet Meals Are


Delicious breakfasts served at your inn. Picnic lunches are prepared daily by your guides. Dinners are hosted at one of the island's top resturaunts.


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


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


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

Even More Relaxed cancellation and refund policy

30 or more days before the trip date, full refund of all payments less a $30 per person cancellation fee. 0-29 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.