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San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

Today is my first day back to work after getting home from Seattle and I can't believe that two days ago I was kayaking in the San Juan Islands. We had a wonderful time kayaking - all of us. Your staff were awesome and the tour was great. We had beautiful weather as well. You made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
Linda Gowans

Kayak Inn to Inn Summary

Does your ideal vacation include sea kayaking along rocky coastlines... paddling between small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters, having the possibility to kayak with killer whales (orca whales) passing by in the distance and at the end of the day retreating to comfortable beds in the the most luxurious inns and dining at the most desired restaurants in the San Juan Islands? Let Crystal Seas take care of all the logistical details and provide you with all the activities and fun you will want on your next vacation!

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

Includes: We provide all accommodations, transportation, kayak gear, breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner* and a happy hour beverage of your choice after the days 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 one dinner is not included in the cost of the trip.  

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

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!

No experience is necessary.

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.

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:

    • Personal clothing & toiletries
    • Cash for tipping your guide
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block
    • Lip balm
    • Camera
    • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

If you are traveling by car it is best to leave your vehicle parked at the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, Washington. It is best to arrive 45-60 minutes before your sailing to allow time for parking your car, getting to the ferry and purchasing your ticket.

Make sure to check your confirmation packet for meeting time and location.
 

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park

Gourmet Meals:

  • Fresh

    All meals are prepared fresh for you 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

*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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will I fit in the kayak gear?

    Here’s a good way to get an idea if you will fit in the kayak. Most people of average body weight and height can fit into the kayak. All of our kayaks are doubles so there is more space that one might think. NOT SURE? PLEASE DO THIS: Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of the widest part of your body (hips/stomach/chest).

    Our SPRAY SKIRTS fits up to 43 inches including clothing, around the largest part of the midriff. The spray skirt is what you will wear around your torso. It connects to the kayak cockpit to keep you dry. You can wear it above or below your chest. There is a string to synch it to your body. If you can comfortably fit into it, you should be good to wear the spray skirt.

    Our COCKPIT dimensions are 31" Long x 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep.

    The cockpit is the opening area to get into the kayak. You will need to be able to sit down past it to get onto the kayak seat. Remember that your body parts can move and the boat is fiberglass so if you have hips that are around these dimensions, you can typically still sit into the kayak. What we want is for you to be able to safely exit the kayak. *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might not fit.

  • Am I too tall?

    The kayaks are most comfortable for people who are 6’ 4” ft. and under. If you are above this height, you may not feel comfortable. We can put tall people in the front of the kayak to give them more leg room.
    *Please send us a message through our website or give us a call, if you question whether you or someone in your group might be too tall.

  • 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.

  • Will I see whales on my tour?

    Our kayak route offers one of the best opportunities in the world to see wild orca whales from a kayak because we paddle 1-2 days (depending on trip type) in a federally designated whale habitat. Since we can’t guarantee that they will show up on every kayak trip, we offer the option to increase the odds to over 90% by spending one afternoon aboard a whale watch cruise aboard the Odyssey. 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.

  • Are all meals and drinks included in the cost of the trip?

    We cover all meals on our 2 and 3 day trips, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. On our 4, 5 and 6 day trips we allow one night for our guests to explore Friday Harbor on thier own, this evening's dinner is not included in the cost of the trip. Our guides will give you some suggestions of places that are popular among the locals. We provide all our guests with refeshing, non alchohlic, beverages throughout the tour. If you have a favorite drink that you would like us to have on hand, please note your favorite drink in the questionairre you return to us. Our guides will also provide the group with a 'happy hour' beverage after the days activity. We provide Washington state wines or if you perfer beer, we can pick up a cold 6 pack of your favorite Washington variety.

Select a Trip to View Itinerary & Availability

2-Day/1-Night trip

2-Day/1-Night

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Sunday April-October

$780per person View Itinerary Book Now

3-Day/2-Night Friday-Sunday trip

3-Day/2-Night Friday-Sunday

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Friday-Sunday April-October

$1280per person View Itinerary Book Now

3-Day/2-Night Saturday-Monday trip

3-Day/2-Night Saturday-Monday

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Monday April-October

$1280per person View Itinerary Book Now

4-Day/3-Night Monday-Thursday trip

4-Day/3-Night Monday-Thursday

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Thursday April-October

$1780per person View Itinerary Book Now

4-Day/3-Night Tuesday-Friday trip

4-Day/3-Night Tuesday-Friday

Day 1 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Tuesday-Friday April-October

$1780per person View Itinerary Book Now

5-Day/4-Night trip

5-Day/4-Night

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Friday April-October

$2180per person View Itinerary Book Now

6-Day/5-Night trip

6-Day/5-Night

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Sunday-Friday April-October

$2580per person View Itinerary Book Now

Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person based on double occupancy in US$.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

RELAXED CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

61 or more days before the trip date, full refund of all payments less a $30 per person cancellation fee. 31-60 days before the trip date, guests will be charged 50% of the entire trip cost. 0-30 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.