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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 (408)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Loved it!

From the moment I booked the trip to returning to the dock, it was a wonderful experience. Alexandria, our Naturalist was very professional and really knowledgeable. It was late in the season to go whale watching, but we got lucky and got to view some...More

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

Many thanks for your kind words, Cindy! Glad to hear that we made your visiting family's experience in the Northwest extra special. Naturalists Alexandria truly is a gem, and we are lucky to have her on staff. We'll pass on your kudos to both Alexandria...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orca Pod Visit

We were very grateful for the crew extending the tour to allow us to go out further and see a rare pod of killer whales. Our 10 and 7 year old children and us were so thrilled to see these majestic creatures in the Ocean!More

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

Whenever possible, we always go the extra mile! Thank you for taking a moment to share your kind words, Nathan. Glad to hear that your kiddos had a great experience. We strive to provide a family friendly wildlife viewing excursion for all passengers, regardless of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing trip!!

We joked when we got on the boat that it was a year to the date we went whale watching in Vancouver, sadly on that trip we didn’t get to see any Orca which has been a lifetime goal for me to see these amazing...More

1  Thank sgriffiths6
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your San Juan Safaris whale watch & wildlife experience. We'll be sure to pass on your kudos to your captain, Mike. Mike has been with us for over a decade and is one of the best captains in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you for your kudos. Glad to hear that our naturalists and customer service staff were kind and organized. We take pride in providing a high quality customer service experience in addition to a great wildlife viewing adventure. Be sure to look us up...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018
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
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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
8 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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9 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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