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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 1 week ago
Exceeded all my expectations!

We have been looking forward to our trip with San Juan Safaris for months, and it exceeded all our expectations. We were thrilled to see humpback whales, two pods of orcas, bald eagles, and seals on our trip. Our guide Jordan was enthusiastic and informative....More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Whale Watching at sunset

This was a wonderful sunset trip. We started at 5.30 and were back just before 9 p.m.The scenery was simply gorgeous, and the weather cooperated, giving us brilliant skies. It was hot at first, and then turned chilly on the water. The crew handed out...More

Thank 09876
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phenomenal experience!

Fantastic, well organized, and a great overall trip. Though seeing wildlife is never a given, we were able to view bald eagles, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, a humpback whale, and several families of orcas! We so appreciated San Juan Safaris' emphasis on respectful ecotourism, conservation,...More

Thank paige62018
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paige! Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your San Juan Safaris experience. At the heart of what we do is emphasis respectful wildlife viewing! We'll be sure to pass on your kudos to naturalists/hosts, Sarah and Jordan. Visit us again when you find...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing experience! Couldn't recommend more highly!

Wow, this company is amazing. I had the pleasure of going out on the Kestrel for a 10 AM whale watch last Friday. Every employee that I have run into at San Juan Safaris is courteous, attentive, knowledgeable, and very hard working. I can tell...More

Thank JacqBloom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Well-organized, informative, magical experience in the beautiful San Juans

I can't say enough great things about this company. San Juan Safaris has a commitment to the environment, to their guests, and to their employees, and they work hard to make sure their tours operate smoothly and to the highest standards. The captains are so...More

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

Many thanks for your kind testimonial! We work very hard for our guests, and I'm happy to hear that we created a memorial tour during your visit. At the core of what we do is operate safe and respectful whale & wildlife viewing experiences. Thank...More

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July 8, 2018|
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Response from HeadingOut98229 | Reviewed this property |
You can make your reservations on the WA DOT website.
Jodi D
June 9, 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.
June 7, 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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