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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
  • Look out for 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 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.

Reviews (405)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Orcas, Minkes and then someone!

We had a great time on this whale watching trip. The people at San Juan Safaris were extremely nice and evrything was very well organized. The naturalists on board answered all our questions and made the trip a great experience for everybody. We were lucky...More

Thank fun6582018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Whale Watching Wonder

We had a wonderful experience with the Western Prince II from Friday Harbor. The staff, including the ship's captain and 2 naturalists were very knowledgeable about the whales and other wildlife. We traveled a long way into the straits to find the whales, but they...More

Thank 889lum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Orcas, Eagles and Rock Sausages!

This is a must and San Juan Safaris knows their stuff. The two naturalists on board had so many degrees and so much experience - we came away with a full education on the ecosystem supporting the wildlife coupled with tons of info about the...More

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

Hello! Wow! We are so happy to hear you had such a great time out with San Juan Safaris! Everything you said in your review are things we aim to provide: enthusiasm, education, and an exceptional experience for a good value! It truly is a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Zodiac tour

This was most informative and fun Whale watching trip we have ever been on. We saw so many Orcas and variety of sea life, I am still smiling. Our Captain Gabe was great. I highly recommend this trip to all. Thank you, Lynn and DonnaMore

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

Hello Donna! We are so happy to hear you are still smiling after your trip out with us! Ensuring that our guests have a fun and informative time is very important to us, and we are glad we were able to succeed in providing a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
First time seeing orcas!!

What a wonderful way to see my first Orcas. This trip was amazing— the crew worked hard to find the resident pod, with sea lions and birds and beautiful scenery on the way. Captain Gabe and Crew Piper and Marianna were all very knowledgeable and...More

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

Hello Simona! We are so happy to help make your first time viewing orcas exceptional! We pride ourselves on providing knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and crew that make your time here enjoyable! These creatures truly are as special as you said, and we are so...More

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Guindian
26 July 2018|
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Response from 09876 | Reviewed this property |
The sunset tour is gorgeous, but it can get cool and windy. I'd suggest carrying appropriate clothing.
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RTHorbach
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
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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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