Family Multi-Day Kayaking & Bicycling Inn to Inn Expeditions
-the meals were wonderfully created and presented AND tasted great. They were healthy, and provided solid energy for the rest of the days activity. It meant so much to me that you took the time to buy local produce and prepare these meals the night before. To me, the colorful spread paired with surreal views made these moments more than just eating.
-Jessie's knowledge. I've seen a lot of smart people at my engineering college but, I have never seen someone so smart and so passionate about their major. Jessie is the fun facts in your thick biology textbook. I love it, and PJ really loved it too. I hope she keeps that level of passion and excitement to share throughout her life....I know she will.
-The pace. I wouldn't say I need things to be slow but, there was definitely a "Do it at your own speed" feel to every trip. There was no rush or pressure to get to the next location, and that's the way it should be if the whole purpose is to enjoy the area. Fie and Jessie knew that and made seamless adjustments (if adjustments were needed). It was pure bliss for me.
Crystal Seas offers the perfect multi-sport combination for your family. It's a vacation that includes not only sea kayaking, but it includes hiking and bicycling the islands as well...all the while staying at our favorite inns and dining at our favorite restaurants. 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 awe-inspiring cliffs.
Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.
Includes: We provide all accommodations, transportation, kayak and bike gear, breakfast, picnic lunches, dinner* and a happy hour beverage of your choice 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 the guests to explore town on their 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.
Accommodations: Our Inn to Inn biking & kayaking tours include staying at the Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas and the Friday Harbor House or Tucker House Inn on San Juan Island. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest. Enjoy wonderful breakfasts made with fresh local fruit and sleep in comfortable cozy beds at the finest inns in the San Juan Islands. 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.
Recommended to bring:
- T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
- Personal clothing & toiletries
- Cash for tipping your guide
- Water resistant camera
- Comfy footwear
- Pants or shorts
- Sun block
- Lip balm
- Bald Eagles
- Sea Stars
- Dall's Porpoise
- Orca Whales
- Blue Herons
- Bull Kelp
- Cattle Point
- Lavender Farm
- Moran State Park
- Sculpture Park
All meals are prepared fresh for you by your guides.
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
Our Family Inn to Inn Multi-Sport Expeditions are the Perfect Choice
Each night retreat to luxurious inns and dine at exquisite restaurants. Few people get to experience each island's unique style the way that you will. We kayak the coastline of San Juan Island's west side where wildlife is abundant and cycle along quiet country roads to views of the snowcapped Olympic Peninsula, stopping at a lavender farm and vineyard. Orcas Island offers cycling through Moran State Park where you can enjoy a panoramic view of all of the islands atop Mount Constitution, hike around lakes down to waterfalls, and paddle through a small group of islands known as the Wasp Islands. Lopez Island is the smallest of the major San Juan Islands and offers kayaking along mellow shores in search of bald eagles and cycling past organic farms to unpopluated beaches.You will get to know these islands inside and out through cycling and kayaking.
We provide virtually everything...
Here are some of the items which we provide for our guests:
- all kayaking and bicycling gear, weather and safety gear
- a detailed pre-trip information packet
- all drinks*, snacks and meals*
- all inn accommodations
- much, much more including our incredible attention to detail
We provide you with drinks* and meals*...
...starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on your last day we provide all meals in between. You will be impressed by the daily gourmet breakfasts at your inn, the heartiness of our well prepared lunches and the restaurants that we have chosen for your nightly dinner. We can accommodate your dietary needs, just ask us.
We provide you with all accommodations
...we have carefully chosen the friendliest, most luxurious accommodations that the San Juan Islands offer. We have built relationships with the innkeepers and feel that you will not only be pleased but you will not want to leave at the end of your stay!
Our excellent knowledgeable and friendly nature/kayak/bicycle 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 experience is required...
...we begin each of our tours with a thorough safety/kayak/bicycle lesson to familiarize you with your equipment so that you are adequately prepared for your adventure. This lesson includes paddling technique, sea kayaking safety, biking techniques, biking safety, becoming familiar with our safety gear and other helpful and necessary preparation for our expedition.
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 guests 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, to hiking. For all these reasons and more we keep our regularly scheduled Inn to Inn Multi-Sport Expedition group size to 10 guests and 2 guides.
Sleeping at luxurious inns on different islands each night...
...offers you a chance to experience each unique island style. We will stay at the the Friday Harbor House or Tucker House in Friday Harbor and Outlook Inn or Turtleback Farm Inn on Orcas Island.
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Day 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Sunday April-October
Day 1 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Friday-Sunday April-October
Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Saturday-Monday April-October
Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Thursday April-October
Day 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Tuesday-Friday April-October
Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory
Every Monday-Friday April-October
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.
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.