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“Pleasant, easy day trip.”

Crystal Seas Kayaking - Day Tours
Ranked #4 of 25 Tours in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Premiere Active Vacations in the San Juan Islands Since 1993 Crystal Seas Kayaking specializes in guided 3 hour, full day, sunset and multi-day kayaking and multi-sport trips in Washington's sunny San Juan Islands - mid March through mid October. The perfect adventure for singles, couples, groups, and families - no experience is necessary. We are locally owned and operated by second generation islanders on San Juan Island and proudly support local businesses, organizations, schools and small farms. Besides the incredible scenery and wildlife, our guides are a huge part of why you will love your trip. The majority of our staff are locals who majored in science or recreation and all of them have an infectious love and knowledge of the outdoors. They are all naturalists who are CPR and First Aid certified and many are also Wilderness First Responders.
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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pleasant, easy day trip.”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is kayaking in luxury! We were out there for 6 hours barely got wet. Loading/unloading was super easy because their docks make it dummy proof. Our guide, Elliot, made sure we had plenty of stops and showed us all the cool stuff. We didn't see any whales. However, we did spot a lot of cool wildlife like a couple seals and a bald eagle. There were plenty things to look at if you decided to look down as well.

If you're unsure of whether you will like kayaking, make sure you do the 3-hour tour. The day tour might be a little much if you do not have basic kayaking skills down or if you're out of shape. Please choose your tours responsibly and make sure you save enough energy for the return trip after lunch if you choose the all day tour.

Visited September 2012
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Hyderabad, India
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84 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Nice experience”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We had a great experience paddling in the sea. Floating on the water, especially when the waves hit you, was fabulous. It was a bit strenuous towards the end of the 6-hour tour, but it was memorable. We watched many Sealions as we sailed along. Watching them in their natural habitat was exciting. I highly recommend it!

Visited September 2012
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An Unforgettable Inn-to-Inn Kayaking Adventure in the San Juan Islands”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Our five day, four night inn-to-inn kayaking trip with Crystal Seas was an outstanding,unforgettable adventure. Everything about the trip was first class: superb guide, marvelous accomodations, outstanding restaurants and picnics--AND incredible kayaking with gorgeous scenery and wildlife galore:seals, sea lions, beautiful jellyfish and starfish and WHALES. The trip highlight was during circumnavigation of Henry Island off San Juan Island when the J Pod of Orcas, one of three resident pods, headed directly towards us as we hung out in bull kelp watching their apporach. They came very near us in an exciting forty-five minutes we'll never forget.
Our guide, Albert, was fabulous. We couldn't have asked for a friendlier, more knowledgable, more flexible, intelligent, delightful individual to spend five days with.
We had kayaked with Crystal Seas in Florida out of Everglades City for five days camping out in the 10,000 islands group, and that was excellent. Crystal Seas runs an efficient, top-of-the-line operation; Angie and Johannes made sure we were treated royally, and they provided all they had promised and more!

Visited August 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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“Kayaking the San Juan Islands”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Crystal Seas was awesome. Great guide, great food, great sights, great time. I highly recommend using them if you're thinking about taking a fun, relaxing and adventurous trip. Some friends and I did the 3 day/2 night trip and I wish we had time to stay even long. Good stories, great pics. If you're going up to the San Jan Islands to see whales, skip the whale watching boats and head out with Crystal Seas.

Visited August 2012
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5 reviews
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“Excellent Guide”
Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

Took a full day tour with our excellent guide Wiiliam today. He was very sensitive to the skill level of the participants - and handled us like a professional. Understated, yet highly effective! He kept the group moving at a nice pace. No whales today, except for the "mini whales" my wife insisted she saw (porpoises really). There were sea lions, otter, and eagles though, and William was ever watchful and informative. A fantastic day of paddling in a beautiful area! Thank you William! (and thanks for waiting a couple of minutes for us to arrive, late off the Orca ferry!)

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