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Overview
The waters surrounding San Juan Island are full of salmon, the primary food source of orca whales, making it an ideal location for whale watching. With this tour, set out on a boat equipped with a heated cabin and large viewing windows to look for killer whales in their natural habitat. San Juan Island is rich in wildlife, and minke, humpback, and gray whales can also often be seen in the area.
Highlights
  • Visit an ideal orca whale-viewing spot off San Juan Island
  • Enjoy the views from a boat with a walk-around deck and heated cabin
  • Look out for other marine life including humpback and gray whales
  • Convenient departure times throughout the day
What to Expect
Meet at Friday Harbor in San Juan Island at your selected time and board the boat for your whale-watching cruise. Climb aboard and choose a seat in the heated cabin with large viewing windows or head outside for a spot on the walk-around deck. As you cruise, be on the lookout for whales and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Stop in prime locations and observe the species up close. Your seasoned captain is on hand to teach you about the ecology and geology of the waters in the region. While it’s not guaranteed that killer whales will be seen on this tour, they are spotted more than 90 percent of the time. Minke, humpback, and gray whales are also often spotted in this area. The tour ends at Friday Harbor where it began.
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Important Information
Duration
4h
Inclusions
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Local taxes
Exclusions
  • Transport to/from Friday Harbor from Seattle
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fee (USD1.00 per person)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For maximum safety children under 2 should be in a harness carrier strapped to a parent and remain in the cabin
  • "Special Limited" tour not recommended for child aged 13 and under
  • Restrooms are available on board the boat
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Susan Z wrote a review Oct 2019
Lawton, Oklahoma2 contributions3 helpful votes
This trip was the best! We saw humpback whales, Orcas, stellar sea lions, porpoises and bald eagles. Alexandria is very knowledgeable. She is also funny.
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Date of experience: October 2019
pctraveler2018 wrote a review Oct 2019
Park City, Utah63 contributions13 helpful votes
Great day as we saw a Humpback while we were still in the channel as we had just started our tour. Captain got word of 4 Orcas near the Canadian border and away we went. Amazing that in 90 minutes we had seen so much. Have to compliment the naturalist as she was so passionate
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Brian G, Owner at Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
Responded 3 Oct 2019
Hi pctraveler2018! Thank you so much for your review of your experience out on the water! It sounds like you enjoyed a spectacular day out on the water getting to encounter so much wildlife. Thank you so much for complimenting our naturalist staff, we strive to be the leaders in our industry and it sounds like we met or even exceeded your expectations! Thank you again for your review, we hope to see you again soon! Brian Goodremont and the crew at San Juan Safaris Owner/Operator
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Andrea R wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We set looking for Orcas and just as we were nearing the end of the tour and about to turn around we found them! We found a pod that was headed North about to meet up with ANOTHER POD!! Two Orca pods! The coolest part is not only did we see Orcas, we also saw a Humpback
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Brian G, Owner at Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
Responded 7 Oct 2019
Hi Andrea R! Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy that you had such an incredible tour with two groups of orcas and a humpback whale.... we always tell our guest to NEVER give up hope when we're out on a search pattern for unreported wildlife. You just never know what will turn up! We will definitely pass along your compliments to the crew, we love hearing that you had a great time with them. We hope to see you again! Brian Goodremont and the crew at San Juan Safaris Owner/Operator
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richjacob1 wrote a review Sep 2019
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan53 contributions6 helpful votes
WOW what a trip. Piper and Jordan are very experianced and kept us informed on what we were hoping to see and we DID. Two pods or Orcas and a Humpback Whale. Capt. Gabe went out of his way to insure we would see whales. I would recomend this trip to anyone. The boat ride was
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Brian G, Owner at Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
Responded 7 Oct 2019
Hi richjacob1, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience! We are so glad that you saw so much wildlife and that you had a great time with Captain Gabe, Piper, and Jordan! We think our crew is pretty special, and we are so happy you agree. We hope to see you again soon! Brian Goodremont and the crew at San Juan Safaris Owner/Operator
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George Flora wrote a review Sep 2019
San Francisco, California3 contributions
Stellar day with Jordan; the Naturalist, and Gabe; the Captain. Jordan is a gracious host and is very informative with a great sense of humor. We learned a lot! Gabe directed us to a lot of wildlife including a baby Humpback and a pod of 4 Orca’s! Highly recommend this company
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Brian G, Owner at Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
Responded 7 Oct 2019
Hi G23money, Thank you so much for your review of your experience out on the water! We are so happy that you got to see so much wildlife and that you had a great time with Captain Gabe and Jordan. We are so lucky to work with such amazing outdoor professionals and educators, I will make sure to pass along your compliments to them. We hope to see you again soon! Brian Goodremont and the crew at San Juan Safaris Owner/Operator
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