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San Juan Safaris

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WA 98250-7199
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The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their natural habitat. For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing. Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from the comfort of our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With four vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you. Our seasoned Captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for whale and wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about orcas and the local area. Choose from two vessel tours: M/V Sea Lion: The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet, comfortable, stable, great for passengers of all ages and mobility levels. Restroom on board, 360* viewing deck, heated inside cabin. Great for families and groups. M/V Kestrel: The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel-- perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion! Fast, safe, and comfortable. 360* viewing deck, all-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry, plus on board marine bathroom. Fun and fast! This tour is great for passengers 8 years and older. Our brand new Whale Watch Headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots on San Juan Island to explore. Visit our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. Don’t forget to stop by our new Ridetide Cafe for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
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Reviewed yesterday

Our family took the whale watching tour with Rachel (naturalist) and Mike (boat captain). We saw multiple whale species and other marine life. We've heard that it's quite unusual to see all of the marine life we observed on one tour but Mike did a...More

Thank Greg60_2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an awesome whale watching tour! We went in mid August and were able to see a number of different species including harbor porpoise, seals, sea lions, Orca, and even a humpback. The crew at San Juan Safaris was very knowledgable and had many...More

Thank Teddy C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

They say my parents and I went out for our whale watch, the Salish Sea was very foggy! I was nervous that we wouldn't be able to find the whales, but Captain Gabe put us in the right spot. We were lucky enough to witness...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I took the whale watching tour with naturalist, Rachel, and boat caotain, Mike. We had a fantastic time and saw Minke whales, a juvenile humpback, and transient orcas. We also saw a bald eagle pair. While waiting for whales to surface between...More

Thank Shelley B
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a native of the northwest we have been on a few different whale watching boat tours. The Sea Lion with San Juan Safari is by far the best ever! We had the chance to join them on their last sunset tour of the summer...More

Thank shellyvandg
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our second trip to the San Juan Islands, after having been on an unsuccessful whale watching trip with a kayaking tour the first time around, we decided to try a speedier option. Choosing this company was the right choice! Immediately after getting on the...More

Thank Adams R
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great experience! We did the zodiac adventure tour and it was incredible. We got to see both resident and transient pods, as well as seals and sea lions. We were so thankful to be on a fast boat that could keep up with...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this last minute as we were in an unplanned trip as we needed to evacuate due to hurricane. This was an incredible experience! the captain and crew were amazing! really went our of their way to explain, we learnt so much, saw many...More

Thank mpc2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have wanted to see wild Orcas for years, and our trip on the Kestrel delivered! We saw a transient pod, the ride was super smooth, and both the captain and tour guide were great!

Thank SaminaHendy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful experience! Captain Mike went out of his way to track down and get on site with a small pod of transient Orcas during our afternoon trip on the Kestrel. We were able to watch them swim and play together - even saw one surf...More

Thank Colleen O
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6 April 2016|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! We work with the Pacific Whale Watch Association for our spotting network and know of any sightings in real time and have the equipment and crew to get you to any whales spotted. As orcas can travel up to 100... More
5 April 2015|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! Peak season for orca sighting is the summer months typically from June through September. That being said there are orcas in our waters year round and lots of other wildlife too! We work with a wonderful spotting... More