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Sea Kayaking and Biking Tours in the San Juan Islands

I just wanted to let you know how great our kayak trip was this past weekend. My friends and I had an awesome time paddling with your company and I'm sure we will all recommend Crystal Seas whole-heartedly to anyone who asks. Your guides were professional, extremely competent, responsive to the guests, and lots of fun to hang out with. I got exactly what I wanted to from my trip with Crystal Seas: relaxation, challenge, and plenty of fun.
Paul Kimball

Welcome to the San Juan Islands

Famed as the premier kayaking vacation and bicycling destination in the Pacific Northwest, the San Juan Islands offer abundant marine life, protected waterways and beautiful scenery. Come kayak Washington with Crystal Seas (check out our kayak camping trips) and explore the extensive inland waterway of the San Juan Islands archipelago. Experience the spectacular landscape from a seabird’s point of view. The San Juan Island waters via sea kayak are challenging enough for you to come away with a sense of accomplishment yet plentiful enough to keep you exploring the vast array of wildlife that inhabit these waters known as the Salish Sea.

Washington sea kayaking tours in the San Juan Islands provide the opportunity for viewing orca whales in the wild. All photos and videos of orca whales and kayaks on our site were taken while following the Be Whale Wise Guidelines and the San Juan County, Washington State and federal laws.

All of our guided three hour kayak tours, sunset kayak tours and full day kayak tours run along the picturesque west-side of San Juan Island which is one of the most beautiful places in Washington to kayak.  We feel this is the prime region for a kayaking vacation on San Juan Island because of the scenery, wildlife and overall kayaking experience.  Because of their feeding patterns, the west-side of San Juan Island is the best area in the San Juan Islands to witness the members of the resident J, K and L pods of orcas (killer whales). It is also common to see bald eagles and harbor seals.

Recommended to bring:

  • T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
  • Cash for tipping your guide
  • Water resistant camera
  • Water + small snack
  • Comfy footwear
  • Pants or shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Hat

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Whales and kayaking The Pacific Northwest offers a special opportunity to see orca whales when you kayak San Juan Island. Because the orcas are wild, they are on an unpredictable schedule so we can not guarantee when they will be in the area where we kayak but we do paddle in the zone where they are most commonly seen which is along a salmon migration route. Orcas are constantly moving and swim about 100 miles per day. All of our tours follow the Be Whale Wise Guidelines and educate all of our guests about our local, state and federal laws in regards to the wildlife. Safety and respecting the wildlife are our top priorities. San Juan Island kayaking such as a day kayaking tour is a special and memorable activity that will surely be the highlight of your vacation!

Our multiple day....

San Juan Island kayak vacations take you throughout the island chain. We have designed these trips to give you the best opportunity for encountering the local pods of orcas that reside in the waters surrounding the islands. These trips range from 2 to 6 days in length and give you the choice of first class camping Kayak Camping or staying in luxurious inns Kayak Inn to Inn as well as combining bicycling & kayaking Kayak-Bicycle Camping or Kayak-Bicycle Inn to Inn.

How to make your reservation:

Ready to make a reservation for sea kayaking the San Juan Islands. It has never been easier! All of our tours include courtesy van pick-up in the port town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, accessible only by way of ferry, boat or plane. Our drivers will drop you off at our private docks at Snug Harbor Marina and Resort on the west side of San Juan Island.