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Crystal Seas Kayaking
Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA. Friendly, professional naturalists, fast new boat whose speed allows greater range and more whale sightings. 30 years of eco tourism experience providing personalized adventures for small groups and independent travelers. This company is known for its work in developing "Best Practices" guidelines and for respectful interaction with wildlife. A stellar reputation. Serious fun. Don't miss this!
Outdoor Odysseys has provided quality handcrafted kayak tours for small groups for more than 16 years in an area of 175 forested islands surrounded by crystal-green waters and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. One-, three- and five-day tours are conducted off the west side of San Juan Island in a prime area for viewing Orca whales, bald eagles, Dal's Porpoise, harbor seals and other wildlife. Our idyllic sea kayaking destinations are made all the more attractive with the contributions of our personable, naturalists guides; mouth-watering Dutch-oven dishes such as apple/cinnamon cobblers; and the great views from our waterfront campsites.
Kayak the beautiful west-side of San Juan Island with our naturalist guides. Crystal Seas offers 3 hour, day (6 hour) and multi-day tours and provides free transportation from Friday Harbor to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. While kayaking be on the lookout for orca whales, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise, bald eagles and a variety of sea birds. We specialize in small groups but can take large private groups as well. Book both your kayaking and a whale watching cruise though us and receive 10% off. Owner operated since 1994 by second generation islanders.
Caramel Sailing Cruises. PO Box 51, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-9816; Toll-free: 1-888-875-1774.
A Trophy Charters. Phone: 360-378-2110; Cell: 360-317-8210.
Port of Friday Harbor. 800 Franklin Drive, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-4724.
Friday Harbor Helicopter. PO Box 2233, Friday Harbor WA, 98250. Phone: 360-420-5305
San Juan Air Tours. Phone: 360-378-7717.
San Juan Island Taxi and Tour Service. PO Box 357, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-3550.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
The San Juan Islands (Afoot & Afloat) by Marge Mueller and Ted Mueller. The guide to boating and activities in Washington's San Juan Islands. New sidebars on wildlife and history, best side trips and the best places and times to view birds, wildlife, wildflowers, and intertidal life. Driving directions and other data reformatted for "find it at a glance" use. Order now...
A Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide: Vol. 4 - The San Juan Islands, 1st Edition by Anne Yeadon-Jones and Laurence Yeadon-Jones. Detailed, hand-drawn charts illustrate safe approaches to anchorages and marinas. Descriptive text provides vital information and local knowledge about each destination plus fun tips to enhance the cruising experience. Order now...
A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: Olympia to Port Angeles, 2nd Edition by Migael Scherer. An innovative "Cruise Planner" section with prepackaged itineraries for cruises of various duration, 120 full-color photos, 75 color chartlets and larger size and lay-flat binding for ease of use. Order now...
Moon San Juan Islands: Including Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. by Don Pitcher. Experience the San Juan Islands, from sea kayaking off Orcas Island to whale-watching near Victoria along with many other activities. Also includes information on dining, transportation and lodging. Order now...
The Essential San Juan Islands Guide by Marge Mueller and Ted Mueller. Twenty maps help you locate sites, and the Lodging at a Glance table saves you time and clarifies your overnight options. Information about how to get there and what to do once you arrive are categorized by island, and include icons. Order now...
Frommer's Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands by Chris McBeath. Insider tips from local expert authors including detailed maps, exact prices, directions, opening hours, and reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlife, itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas. Order now...
Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia (California Natural History Guides) by Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, and Sophie Webb. This field guide describes the whales, dolphins, seals, and otters from Mexico to British Columbia. Featuring many color illustrations, photographs, drawings, and maps. Order now...
Great Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and Camping by John Kruse. The geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities are explained in this full color guide. Order now...
The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the World by Ben Wilson and Angus Wilson. This book covers the biology of each creature listed and has a species guide. Sections explain the study of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, examine the impact of whale-watching and offer practical advice on how to view, photograph and enjoy these creatures in the wild. Order now...
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