For $40, today's side deal gets you a three-hour San Juan Island kayaking tour from Crystal Seas Kayaking (an $81 value, including tax). Crystal Seas Kayaking was ranked the CityVoter #4 Best Eco Adventure in 2009 and 2010.
Your three-hour tour begins at Snug Harbor Marina Resort on San Juan Island (a complimentary shuttle is available from the Washington State Ferry terminal in Friday Harbor). After a brief introductory lesson, you'll launch from a kayak dock specially designed to keep feet dry. Over the course of the three-hour, 5-6 mile adventure, thrill-seekers journey around the west side of San Juan Island and enjoy picturesque views of the Olympic mountain range as they drift among free-floating oceanlife. A naturalist tour guide points out the abundant starfish and Pacific harbor seals in the nutrient-rich waterway, which boasts up to a 90% possibility for orca sighting.
No experience is necessary, and be sure to arrive appropriately layered and slathered in a protective screen of sun-protecting lotion. Reservations are required 48 hours ahead, and for additional information consult the tour FAQ. This deal is valid for Crystal Seas’ entire season, although this Groupon cannot be used for Saturday trips in July and August, and all tours during those months will have a limit of four Groupon customers per tour.
- They have the best location on the island, their staff is knowledgable [sic] and friendly, and the kayaks are high quality. Plus you never have to get your feet wet because of their special kayak docks! – kbroadli, CityVoter
- The [sic] took us out to a beautiful area on the western part of the island and took us for a wonderful day of paddling and seeing wildlife. Our guide was a local and you could tell she really loved her job! We have gone back several times to Crystal Seas and get great service each time. – SeattleOutdoorChick, TripAdvisor
- We had a blast! The guide was informative and easy going. We saw a group of Orcas jumping about, porpoises, seals and lots of birds. – Sarah G., Yelp
Crystal Seas Kayaking
At age 5, second-generation islander Johannes and his father paddled along San Juan Island, their kayaks crossing paths with troops of orca whales. This foray ignited the young adventurer’s twin passions for kayaking and stewardship. Now, Johannes’ team of outdoor enthusiasts deftly navigates the waters surrounding San Juan Island, imparting knowledge of marine wildlife to paddlers. Guides not only skim the region’s waterways, but lead expeditions across the islands during multiday tours. Groups may paddle along remote islands in search of seabirds and lost tugboat captains, and then hop on bicycles to pedal down rural back roads dotted with lavender and alpaca farms.
1997 Mitchell Bay Rd.
Friday Harbor, Washington 98250Get Directions