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Crystal Seas Kayaking
Welcome to the San Juan Island guide to local sea kayaking!
Listings below will direct you to sea kayaking outfitters and guided tours for all abilities. Single day and multi-day guided tours are both available. Rentals are also offered for experienced kayakers. Explore the San Juan Islands with the help of guides and outfitters operating out of Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Anacortes and Seattle.
While touring through the waters surrounding over 200 islands in the San Juans, kayakers will have a chance to see splendid views of scenic coastline, Orca Whales, playful Harbor Seals and other marine life including nesting bald eagles. many of the tour guides are well informed naturalists, able to answer your questions and identify the different marine life.
Browse through the listings below to find the outfitter or guide that best serves your next adventure.
Discover the San Juan Islands by Sea Kayak, the way the San Juan Islands were meant to be explored. First-timers and seasoned kayakers alike will appreciate our commitment to small group size, unique launching points and destinations that take us away from the well-beaten kayak paths many other sea kayak outfitters use, while still giving you the opportunity to enjoy all the spectacular natural wonders the San Juan Islands have to offer. Day and sunset trip, Multi-day camping tours, Kayak rentals, retail paddle and outdoor clothing offered at our waterfront store.
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.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Kayaking Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands by Rob Casey. This book features 60 trips with information on routes, stand up paddling, details on the region's marine trails, finding launch sites, a 'Routes At-a-glance' chart to choose a route for your level of fitness, skills, and available time and more. Order now...
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...
Paddle Routes of Western Washington: 50 Flatwater Trips for Canoe and Kayak by Verne Huser. This Mountaineers Book details trip descriptions with information on locations, distance, time to allow, best season, potential hazards and shuttle details. River landmarks and launching sites are found in the maps. 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, 5th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Don Pitcher. Learn about the best of the San Juan Islands' details on everything including accommodations, dining, whale watching and activities. This guide has all the information needed to plan a fun-filled trip to this popular destination. 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...
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...
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