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“Just add orcas!”

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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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Just add orcas!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have gone on whale-watching expeditions many times with Crystal Seas. Their boats are always in excellent shape and their guides are very knowledgable. I have not seen whales every time I've gone out ... I think early June is probably the best time ... but when I have, the sightings have been amazing! On one trip, the orcas swam right under our boats. The guides follow all of the rules - so you can feel completely safe and comfortable. All of my experiences with Crystal Seas have been good ones!

Visited July 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Knowledgeable guide and fun trip”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We were very impressed with Elliot's general knowledge of the area. We are from Texas and asked about everything and he pretty much knew it all. No whales but we saw plenty of other wildlife. Beautiful area and we had a great time.

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great Tour!”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

None of us had kayaked before, and we were concerned that a three hour tour would be too much. But it was the perfect amount of time and pace! The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and let us set our own pace. The three of us ended up having our own tour with the guide, so we had the ability to ask our own questions and actually hear the guide's answers. I'd highly recommend this touring company!

Visited August 2012
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Redmond, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
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“Great kayak trip!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

“Jim was an excellent guide. He went with the flow of our group- so we all felt we could go at a comfortable pace. He was very professional and fun!”

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
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“Great Day Trip”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

My fiance and I had only been kayaking a couple times and signed up for the day trip and had a wonderful time. The second half of the tour got a little tiring, but we are very glad we did the full day over the half day. Didn't get to see any whales, but plenty of seals and some porpoises. Our guide, Carrie, was the best! She was very friendly and knowledgable. We definitely plan on going back.

Visited August 2012
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