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San Juan Safaris

#7 of 49 Tours in San Juan Islands Features Animals
WA 98250-7199
+1 800-450-6858
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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their natural habitat. For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing. Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from the comfort of our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With four vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you. Our seasoned Captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for whale and wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about orcas and the local area. Choose from two vessel tours: M/V Sea Lion: The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet, comfortable, stable, great for passengers of all ages and mobility levels. Restroom on board, 360* viewing deck, heated inside cabin. Great for families and groups. M/V Kestrel: The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel-- perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion! Fast, safe, and comfortable. 360* viewing deck, all-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry, plus on board marine bathroom. Fun and fast! This tour is great for passengers 8 years and older. Our brand new Whale Watch Headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots on San Juan Island to explore. Visit our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. Don’t forget to stop by our new Ridetide Cafe for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a great time out on the water with Captain Mike and Naturalist Erick! Mike kept the boat really smooth and Erick was very knowledgeable about all of the amazing wildlife that we saw. We were fortunate enough to find orcas on the voyage,...More

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got to see a mother humpback and her baby on the trip! The naturalists were very knowledgeable and excited making for a great and worthwhile experience. Would definitely recommend!More

Thank Shannon C
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words, Shannon! We work very hard for our guests, so thank you for letting us know that we succeeded in creating a great experience for you. It's pretty incredible to see a humpback mother and calf traveling together in the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly the orcas weren't out however we did get to see humpback whales, bald eagles, and a seal chasing a fish action. Our naturalist was enthusiastic, humorous, and fabulous personality as well as very knowledgeable. We were on the Kestrel and it is a great...More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always do tons of research and rely heavily on other naturalists reviews in a Trip Advisor to help me choose my hotels,restaurants and activities. I feel like I missed something as my experience wasn't like many of the other reviews of this company. Booking...More

Thank Marvin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our cruise around the San Juans even though the whales were gone for the day. The boast was very comfortable and the crew was totally engaged with the passengers. It was great fun.

Thank Linda x
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I booked a whale watching tour that was truly ended up being once in a lifetime! I've been on several before all around the world but nothing prepared me for the whale encounter that we experienced. It was pretty chilly on the...More

1  Thank SDH424
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just went on an evening whale watch. We had Erick and Kelsey as our naturalist and Gabe as our captain. They were all fantastic and friendly. Any questions we had about the whales they answered for us. And we saw multiple...More

Thank paigebeesley
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow Paige, thank you for the exceptional review. We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on the water. Your captain and crew work very hard to provide guests with a great tour experience, and it sounds like we succeeded. Thank you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highlight of our 15th wedding anniversary trip with another couple, this whale watching tour far exceeding our expectations! The boat was beautiful and clean, captain was an expert navigator, and on-board naturalists were so knowledgeable. We saw a bald eagle, harbor seals, porpoises, and...More

Thank Teresa T
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow Teresa! Thank you for your kind review. We've happy to hear that we made your 15th wedding anniversary trip so memorable. You witnessed a very special family gathering of J-Pod. Amazing! Be sure to visit us again in the future when you find yourself...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our whale watching crew: Mike, Sarah and Rachel. They were professional and knowledge about wildlife, sea faring, and building relationships. We loved the sunset cruise and saw an amazing feeding of the Transient Pod teaching the calves how to hunt. It was an...More

Thank Claire O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we didn't see Orcas, we did enjoy our day. We saw a humpback whale, seals and bald eagles. Great customer service with knowledgeable naturalist's and captain.

Thank BEJames70
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6 April 2016|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! We work with the Pacific Whale Watch Association for our spotting network and know of any sightings in real time and have the equipment and crew to get you to any whales spotted. As orcas can travel up to 100... More
5 April 2015|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! Peak season for orca sighting is the summer months typically from June through September. That being said there are orcas in our waters year round and lots of other wildlife too! We work with a wonderful spotting... More