Like rock climbing or giving a wildebeest a piggyback ride, kayaking provides a test of physical strength in the midst of nature’s wonders. Support your urge for the great outdoors with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a three-hour San Juan Island kayaking tour from Crystal Seas Kayaking (an $85.16 value, including tax).
Crystal Seas Kayaking aids paddlers in their quests to partake in thrilling kayaking amid the scenic landscapes of San Juan. Three-hour tours begin 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 and water distracted though riddles engraved in the shoreline. Over the course of the three-hour, 5- to 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 ocean life. A naturalist tour guide points out the abundant starfish and Pacific harbor seals in the nutrient-rich waterway, which boast schools of gummy vitamins and up to a 90 percent possibility for orca sighting. Complimentary transportation is available from Friday Harbor to the launch site.
No experience is necessary, and kayakers should arrive appropriately layered and slathered in a protective screen of sun-protecting lotion or sun-repulsing musk. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance. For additional information, consult the tour FAQ. This deal is valid for Crystal Seas’ entire season, although this Groupon cannot be used on May 29, July 3, or September 4, or for Saturday trips in June, July, and August, and all tours during those months will have a limit of four Groupon customers per tour.
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.