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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

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
  • Spot other marine life including humpback and gray whales
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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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Overview

The waters surrounding San Juan Island have a large salmon population (the primary food source of orcas), 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, gray whales can also often be seen in the area.

What to Expect

Meet at Friday Harbor 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% of the time. Minke, humpback, and gray whales are also often spotted in this area.

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Reviewed yesterday
Totally worth it

My wife and I booked this trip for our 1-year anniversary. We both wanted to go whale watching and as we both had never seen an orca before, we thought this would be great. And it was. The boat ride around the island was worth...More

Thank DL M
Reviewed 3 days ago
San Juan Safaris: A Trip to Remember!

Not only did we see orcas, but we saw a pair of humpback whales as well. Our captain and naturalist were both knowledgeable and expertly guided our experience. As a family, we will always remember the day we went whale watching from Friday Harbor.

Thank hipsnap
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Surpassed our expectations!

We booked our adventure trip at the last minute, because we thought maybe seeing the whales from shore at Lime Kiln State park would be good enough. While we did see some from the park, this ride was SO WORTH it! We rode the high...More

Thank PASPRA
Reviewed 1 week ago
Whale watching is totally worth it!

Our family went whale watching with the San Juan Safari crew and it made our trip! The trip started with a delicious coffee from Riptide Cafe before we suited up in Antarctic-esque gear and headed out into the glistening Salish Sea. Piper pointed out many...More

Thank Anna W
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your tour, Anna! I'm happy hear that your San Juan Safaris experience was the highlight of your visit here to the PNW. We'll be sure to pass on your praises to your captain and crew. Many thanks again!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful Outing, Knowledgable Staff

This was my very first whale watching experience and it was fantastic! The whole staff was extremely knowledgeable and it was a beautiful day out on the water. Sarah stood out to me most, her position as Lead Naturalist is well-deserved. She was so friendly...More

Thank cwright1323
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Great photos. Thank you for sharing. Glad to hear you had a great experience with your naturalist, Sarah. She works very hard during every tour and for every guest. It's not hard to see why Sarah is San Juan Safaris' lead naturalist & vessel...More

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Jodi D
10 June 2018|
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Response from Waterfordfour | Reviewed this property |
Have a look at the website for sanjuansafaris and it has a picture of Sea Lion the boat we were on. It had seating inside and out so people tended to move around. I'd say it is around 40' long.
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BRIGHTONLEE
8 June 2018|
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Response from HeadingOut98229 | Reviewed this property |
The Transient Orca are here most of the time, although they wander extensively to find food (mammals). Resident Orca, the fish eating subspecies, tend to arrive in late June and stay until Octoberish, depending on how much... More
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galvanb
25 April 2018|
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Response from HeadingOut98229 | Reviewed this property |
The trip I went on was in a large Zodiac boat, and it was extremely stable. Other boats I've seen doing whale watching are even larger, so I wouldn't be concerned about going overboard. BTW: the waters aren't "infested... More
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