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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

  • 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
Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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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.

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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Reviewed yesterday
Highlight of our trip!

I have visited San Juan Island every summer for the past 5 years and each time have gone out with San Juan Safaris. Our experience each time has been so great that we have had no reason to want to try any other company. This...More

Thank MSMcC319
Reviewed 2 days ago
float plane and whale watching tour

We had a wonderful time the captain and guide Piper made were very thoughtful and explained everything that was going during the watch. An intense moment as we watched a HB approach a drift net and the captain shut off his engine an alerted the...More

Thank smbutler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
From sea plane to boat ride

Amazing job! It was a full day adventure for my wife and I. We opted for the whale plane package and I can say it's the best way to go. We landed in Friday with enough time to explore the charming town and have a...More

Thank memywifetheworld0615
Reviewed 1 week ago
Whale Tail Slapping Extraordinaire!

We visit San Juan Island regularly and have gone whale watching with San Juan Outfitters many times over the years, never to be disappointed! Each trip has been exhilarating and unique and our most recent trip over 4th of July week was no exception. We...More

Thank Diane Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful day, great ride, nice people. Don’t miss the starfish coming back after being wiped out a few years ago. Hear they grow in great abundance. (Need to go back to see).

Thank Bobbi S
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26 July 2018|
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Response from miamigirl125 | Reviewed this property |
We took a noon tour, in early May. The weather was perfect but the trick is to dress or bring layers.
9 July 2018|
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Response from philip_tanis | Reviewed this property |
There are a couple of ways. The first, and my favorite is to fly there through Kenmore air’s Northwest Seaplanes. It’s $130 a person. Second, If you already have a car, this is the easiest, and that is to drive to Anacortes... More
Jodi D
10 June 2018|
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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