Family Multi-Day San Juan Islands Kayak Camping Vacation
No experience is necessary on our sea kayak camping trips. Crystal Seas will provide everything you need to make your kayak expedition an enjoyable, relaxing adventure with your family. Wake-up on an island in the Salish Sea to a beautiful sunrise and a delicious breakfast before spending the day on the water. If this sounds like your ideal kayaking vacation, our multiple day excursions would be a perfect choice.
Length:These tours range from 2-6 days in length.
All Inclusive:We provide: All gourmet meals and snacks made with locally farmed produce when available, safety equipment and first aid supplies, SealLine dry bags, two-person MSR tents, Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads and pillows, Kokatat paddling jackets and pants, wetsuit booties, pogies and our incredible attention to detail. You need to bring, a sleeping bag (rentals are available), personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure.
Distances & Timing: 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.
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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
- Sea Stars
- Dall's Porpoise
- Orca Whales
- Blue Herons
- Bull Kelp
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
Multi Grain Pancakes with a fresh berry compote and maple syrup. Local Goods Granola with a fresh fruit salad. A fantastic egg sandwich: Everything bagel, cream cheese, tomato, bacon, sprouts and cucumber. This tasty breakfast provides plenty of energy to get you through your morning activity!
Giovanni's on Bakery San Juan Bread: Fresh house made basil pesto, sliced peppered turkey, tomato, local greens and a thick slice of fresh mozzarella all on a slice of the unforgettable Giovanni loaf. Locally smoked salmon Caesar wraps fresh from the Friday Harbor fish market with local heirloom tomatoes from Mama Bird Farm. Local kale salad with mixed nuts, dried berries and fresh Quail Croft Goat Cheese dressed with Riesling vinaigrette from Local Goods. Oven fresh turkey with thin slices of brie, cranberry chipotle jam and a pile of sprouts layered between crusty sourdough bread from Bakery San Juan.
San Juan Pasta Company Spinach and Feta Ravioli topped with local vegetables in a tomato sauce. Fresh local Salmon selected by your guides from Friday Harbor Seafood and delicately cooked with garlic and fresh herbs. Served with a side of quinoa and wide rice, a seasonal vegetable and fresh green salad from Mama Bird Farm. Taco time! Fish or beef tacos with a fresh and light cabbage slaw packed full of local vegetables, Pablito's Salsa, fresh made guacamole topped with cilantro and fresh lime. This meal is an all time guide favorite and guaranteed to please our hungry camper.
Our Kayak Guides:
Our excellent knowledgeable and friendly naturalist kayak guides: We strongly believe that an outstanding guide can make the difference between a good trip and a fabulous kayak vacation. We choose our guides carefully; many are locals with years of experience in the San Juan Islands and Pacific Northwest, while others come from across the world to offer their knowledge and personal experiences. Our guides are skilled, friendly, and knowledgeable, they have a positive attitude and are passionate teachers but most importantly, they love what they do.
No previous sea kayaking experience is 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.
Small Personal Groups:
Small personal groups: Providing an excellent kayak trip involves a combination of many factors. One key aspect is the group size. A smaller group is safer on and off the water, allows for more interactions between the guide(s) and guests as well as gives our guests a chance to get to know each other. We adjust and modify each trip to the individual desires and interests of the group, allowing our guests to participate in various activities the San Juan Islands have to offer. Our regularly scheduled San Juan Island kayaking multi-day tour group size is limited to 8 guests or less.
At least two guides on all of our multi-day kayak expeditions with groups of 6 or more: One of our guides will provide a great trip, but two will double the fun. We ensure at least two guides on all of our multi-day expeditions with groups of more than 6. This makes sure the trip is safer, more intimate and allows our guides to offer twice the experience and knowledge, as well as entertainment and local folklore.
Camping on the smaller outer islands: The real scenic beauty of the San Juan Islands resides away from the main islands. Our multi-day kayak expeditions take you to various smaller outer islands. These islands offer non-crowded beaches, abundant wildlife, peaceful nights and pristine views. We stay in established campsites with composting toilets and running water. We usually, weather dependant, move to a new campsite every day or two for the full island experience.
Family Multi-Day Kayak Camping Rates, Itineraries & Schedule:
Family Turn Point Lighthouse Expedition 2-Day/1-Night - $399
In Prime Orca Whale Territory.
Day 1: We will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our launching site. Today we paddle along the westside of San Juan Island, heading North through an area renowned for orca whale sightings. Tonight's campsite is in one of the harbors of Stuart Island State Park. Once we arrive we will set up camp for the night and get settled. If you choose, you can hike among giant Douglas firs and Western Cedar trees, along a path leading to a historic lighthouse. Sit on the rocky ledges of Lovers Leap and watch the sunset or near the waters edge where seals, kingfishers, osprey, eagles and blue heron feed in the shallow waters of the bay. Your guide will prepare your hard earned dinner and afterwards enjoy entertaining stories around a warm campfire. Head to bed early, for a good nights rest while falling asleep to the night sounds on this remote island.
Day 2: After a hot cup of coffee/tea/cocoa and a delicious breakfast, we pack up our gear and head back to San Juan Island. During the paddle back we will follow the rocky shoreline in search of harbor seals and eagles, while keeping our eyes peeled for any whale sightings along the way. Lunch will be on a pebbled beach to refuel for a relaxing afternoon paddle home. The trip will end on San Juan Island in the mid afternoon, getting you back to Friday Harbor in time for e next leg of your journey.
Every Saturday-Sunday from April - October
Family Turn Point Lighthouse Expedition 3-Day/2-Night - $599
In Prime Orca Whale Territory.
Day 1: This morning, after picking you up in Friday Harbor at our shop located near the ferry, we will depart from the westside of San Juan Island and kayak northwest into the prime orca whale territory. We stop for a fresh lunch on Posey Island and then continue paddling on to Stuart Island. We will set up camp here for the next two nights. Now you can hike to the Turn Point Lighthouse and watch as the sun dips out of sight or sit by the water and enjoy the peaceful harbor... you now remember exactly why you chose to kayak Washington. Simply amazing!
Day 2: Wake up for a relaxing campsite breakfast and get ready for the days activities. Today we circumnavigate Stuart Island by paddling next to the U.S.-Canadian border. Enjoy the calm waters of Reid Harbor, the abundant wildlife on the shore and the beauty of the Canadian Rockies while out for the day.
Day 3: We will pack up our camp in the morning and then paddle across Spieden Channel back to the shores of San Juan Island. Here we will enjoy our last lunch together on a remote beach and then continue the days paddle back to our takeout spot. The trip will end mid-afternoon and get you back to Friday Harbor in time for your next adventure.
Every Friday-Sunday & Saturday-Monday from April - October
Family San Juan Islands Kayak Vacation 4-Day/3-Night - $799
Days 1-3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory.
Day 1: We will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our launching site. We depart from San Juan Island and kayak north past Henry Island. Along the way we see a huge Bald Eagles nest, Harbor Seals lounging on the rocks and cormorants nesting in the cliffs. After lunch we cross the channel continuing on to Stuart Island where we will set up camp for the next two nights. Here you can hike out to the light house to watch the sunset.
Day 2: After a leisurely campsite breakfast we get ready to circumnavigate Stuart Island. Hugging the shoreline most of the day, we will have great views of the picturesque lighthouse, some outer islands that border Canada and plenty of wildlife sightings. Today there should be plenty of opportunities to take photos of wildlife and scenery or work on your paddling technique.
Day 3: This morning we pack up camp and head out for a day of island hopping. We'll journey past the rugged shorelines of Spieden Island, witnessing exotic game grazing on the hillside. Then we will pass through the Cactus Islands and stop for a reenergizing lunch. The last part of the paddle takes us across to Jones Island, where we will set up camp for the night.
Day 4: Watch the sunrise from a quiet bluff or through the door of your tent, before getting ready to paddle back to San Juan Island. Our return paddle will take us down San Juan Channel, through the heart of the San Juan Islands and then back to Friday Harbor.
Every Monday-Thursday & Tuesday-Friday from April - October
Family San Juan Islands Kayak Vacation 5-Day/4-Night - $999
Days 1-3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory.
Day 1: We will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street, just steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle your group to our launching site. This kayak trip leads you along the westside 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. 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.
Day 2: Today we may circumnavigate Stuart Island in search of orcas and eagles or take a picnic up to 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. Return to our camp in the evening, where your guides will prepare a delicious dinner for all to enjoy.
Day 3: Go for an early morning walk in the woods on one of the many trails, before packing up camp to set out for our next destination, 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 away.
Day 4: Today is spent leisurely paddling through the Wasp Islands in search of seals and eagles. Enjoy lunch on Little McConnell Island and then head over to an island owned by the Nature Conservancy, Yellow Island, for a short walk. Return to Jones Island for some more island exploring and a gourmet campsite dinner.
Day 5: 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.
Every Monday-Friday from April - October
Family Salish Sea Kayaking Expedition 6-Day/5-Night - $1,199
This kayaking trip is designed to the specific desires and skill levels of our guests. When you first decide to kayak Washington for an extended trip and narrow it down to a San Juan Island kayaking vacation then contact us to set up a truly unique kayaking expedition.
Six days in the San Juan Islands gives one many options for exploration and refinement of your skills. We can modify an itinerary from one of our shorter kayak tours or create something entirely new. Just contact us for more information.
Complimentary transportation. Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Includes launching and landing fees. Does not include 7.8% Washington state sales tax or gratuity. Prices per person in US$.
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.