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San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours

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Address: 2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
Phone Number:
+1 360-298-0012
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00

Whales Rock! Enjoy a six-passenger, personalized whale & wildlife...

Whales Rock! Enjoy a six-passenger, personalized whale & wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Join Captain Hobbes who grew up on the water in England and has been operating whale watch tours and passenger vessels in the San Juan Islands for 12 years. Come aboard “Natsilane,” named after an Orca Whale legend, a 30’ Albin Fast Express Cruiser, and enjoy a comfortable heated cabin, with indoor and outdoor seating, restroom and snack bar. Don't be a sardine in a can on a big boat -- enjoy an intimate experience in the beautiful San Juan Islands!

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No orcas but still a great day out

Unfortunately, we didnt get to see any killer whales (too early in the season) but did get to see sea lions, seals and a humpback whale. The team on board was very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, we didnt get to see any killer whales (too early in the season) but did get to see sea lions, seals and a humpback whale. The team on board was very knowledgeable and friendly and the boat in very good condition. They also provide blankets and waterproof mac's if needed.

Thank Melkai
Milton, Georgia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an awesome tour. The boat left promptly, was very clean and comfortably accommodated all passengers. The thrill of our trip was seeing 'Big Mama', a humpback whale, breach the water. We saw two other humpbacks, sea lions and an eagle. Kudos to Andrew. We enjoyed chatting with him and he was very knowledgeable. Worth every penny!

Thank cjfindlay
Ocala, Florida
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66 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The boat is truly too small for 12 people as the only place you can be to observe wildlife is an area about 8x10, with two benches so only 6 at best can sit outside. If raining or cold the inside would be very cramped. This is a one man operation so very little interaction from captain. We were out... More 

Thank coralreefer17
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this review

I'm sorry you were disappointed with your trip, however, 99% of my TripAdvisor and other reviews are 5-star. From my perspective, most of my customers want to see whales so I spent the tour time getting to the only whale that was reported that afternoon. I received positive, happy comments after that trip from my other customers. In general, most... More 

Monroe, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We had the most amazing time. Saw Orca whales, sea lions, and a beautiful eagle. The captain was a wealth of information and obviously loves whales and what he does. I can't say enough about this wonderful experience. The boat is small and personable. This is an exceptional value for the money. Took the grandkids and they LOVED it. THANK... More 

Thank paigep815
Sydney, Australia
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162 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Cruising Puget Sound & San Juan Islands on the American Cruise Lines "American Spirit" Day 2 Excursion "Whale Watching Cruise" was advertised as "exciting, considered to be one of the best places in the world to view Orca Whales" You know how when you are booking the excursion, there is always the "Weather permitting" clause, well there is another clause... More 

Thank Robert W
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this review

Hello, I'm glad you had a good time, however I think you wrote a review for the the wrong company, you were with San Juan Excursions with Captain. Pete... More 

Trawsfynydd, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Capt. Hobbes was very accommodating to our 3 children, and was very vested in finding wildlife for us to view. we had the small boat essentially to ourselves, and had close views of transient Orcas, Dalls porpoises, bald eagles and sea lions. Really great trip- one that will be remembered forever. Highly Recommended!!

2 Thank Skaalenb
Cincinnati, Ohio
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85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We had been on a different tour in the past. This smaller group opportunity and personal attention is what we prefer and we were not disappointed. Our teens were free to interact ask questions and experience being out in the Washington Water culture! There was a casual feel and we weren't rushed. Eagles, whales, seals, conservation information and awareness of... More 

1 Thank Tammy B
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We are so glad we did this sunset whale watch with the wonderful and fun naturalist Sam and captain Tom. Not only did we see and learn about orcas and sea lions and harbor seals yet we also enjoyed the friendly and laid back atmosphere. We very highly recommend this company. We almost did not do a tour at all,... More 

2 Thank Kristen T
Duluth, Georgia
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We drove 4 hrs to go whale watching and San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife tours did not disappoint! We were a group of 8 with a range of children from 5-14. Everyone had a fabulous time! We saw several types of wildlife but the best of course were the whales!!! Very clean, professional, smooth ride! The staff was very... More 

1 Thank imlivnonaprayer
Chicago, Illinois
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215 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I am soooooo glad we waited to take the sunset cruise. The scenery and colors on the sky, land and water were magnificent. A very intimate experience with a skilled and knowledgeable captain. When he found orcas he did a great job of giving them their space and allowing them to approach us as they chose. Well, the chose to... More 

2 Thank Jeff P

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