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Spirit of Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours

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Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Simply Amazing !

2 yrs ago we took a tour with Spirit of Orca & enjoyed it much more than we had expected. When we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Todd C
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Washington
Can’t recommend enough

Went on a trip with ken this past week and it was delightful. We booked our trip last minute... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
caitlyn m
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Pittsburgh
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The Most Loved Cetaceans of the World, Friday Harbor WA 'An Intimate and Personal Experience with your captain and the whales' 6 Passenger Limit! Observing whales in the 'WILD' in their 'Natural Environment' is one of our greatest passions and after touring with us we know it will be one of yours too. Your captain is a retired captain with 38 years experience sailing mostly oceans in Pacific and Atlantic. He is a certified Naturalist and loves to share personal stories about the whales you will be seeing.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Reviewed 1 week ago

2 yrs ago we took a tour with Spirit of Orca & enjoyed it much more than we had expected. When we decided to go to San Juan Island again we knew another tour with Capt ken was a must! We made the right decision,...More

Thank Todd C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a trip with ken this past week and it was delightful. We booked our trip last minute after not seeing whales on kayak tour. We ended up on a private boat. The boat is small and fits about six guests. It’s perfect for...More

Thank caitlyn m
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to stay in Friday Harbor after she visited a few years back with her best friend on a short hour and a half stop. We have been lucky enough to see Humpbacks and Greys in Cabo but we had never...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an absolutely perfect private whale watching tour. The service and quality was first rate. I highly recommend Spirit of Orca.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing tour, definitely a trip of a lifetime. Caption Ken is amazing, very kind, and knowledgeable. Thank you for helping making my lifetime dream come true

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't speak highly enough about our whale watching experience. Ken went out of his way to make this trip exceptional. He has a small boat, which I feel made the experience that much more enjoyable/personable. At the beginning of the trip, my wife and...More

Thank Dave T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really appreciated Ken’s local knowledge and I loved the smaller boat with fewer people. Boat was comfortable and fast, and Ken sent us some amazing pictures so we didn’t have to mess with our phones. Got some great looks at marine mammals including a...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a good time and Ken was very nice and knowledgeable. We did get to see a humpback whale and seals, eagles, etc. The boat went faster than we thought it would--it gets very chilly even on a beautiful sunny day!

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

This was the most wonderful "boat ride"! Highly recommend Capt. Ken Rea for the best whale watching ever! He went out of his way to make sure we saw whales, orcas and a humpback. Our kids had given us tickets for Christmas and we used...More

Thank Irma K
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

My third whale watching trip with Spirit of Orca and again I was not disappointed. Captain Ken called us early and said there were orcas and a humpback but it was further out than he normally goes. We left an hour early and we found...More

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Teresa W
21 August 2017|
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Response from captkenrea | Property representative |
No limit. I have infant, child, and youth life preservers.
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billjudyknapp
20 December 2016|
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Response from LDRSOO | Property representative |
The cost for a tour is $115.00 plus tax ($9.54) and a $2.00 conservation fee. Total is $126.54 per person for a three hour tour.
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Diane R
18 July 2015|
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Response from Anna W | Reviewed this property |
I read that the peak whale watching time in the San Juans is from May through September.
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