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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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Springtime with the Whales

We had a long week of business and wanted to share an experience with one of our business suppliers... read more

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Penny J
Whale watching

We enjoyed watching a humpback whale, local history, and entertaining tales. We will be back... read more

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Karie W
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Bothell, Washington
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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 today

We had a long week of business and wanted to share an experience with one of our business suppliers from Michigan and show him true NorthWest beauty and you guys helped with that!!! The trip was beautiful and the intimacy of the boat was wonderful....More

Thank Penny J
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Reviewed today

We enjoyed watching a humpback whale, local history, and entertaining tales. We will be back again. There was so much to see. A sunny day on the water is good for the soul.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My summative statement is “when you back up in the boat because the 6,000 lb orcas are coming directly at you, then you know you’ve been close enough.” All 3 teenage boys were mesmerized. We spent a hour watching 2 transient orcas hunt and kill...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

I was visiting Friday Harbor for a conference and while walking around town on an afternoon off I stumble upon Captain Ken (#spiritoforca on instagram) who was about to do his last whale watching trip of the day. Fate has it... it was the best...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Ken, owner and guide, was wonderful. His extensive experience, knowledge and passion to give us the chance to see whales was just what we were hoping for. We saw so much wildlife even though we missed seeing the whales off season. We will be back...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Spirit of Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours did not feel like your typically whale watching tour. Instead, it was a small group of us on a boat that fits no more than 6 people. It was a beautiful sunny evening and we departed right from...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Spirit of the Orca was great! Ken was able to accommodate my friend and I the day of the whale watching trip. Ken’s boat offered a more personal experience because it wasn’t as large. This allowed us to ask lots of questions and really learn...More

Thank eve2717
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Four of us went out with Captain Ken and had a wonderful adventure. Saw 3 juvenile orcas feeding on a seal, splashing around in the water and spy hopping. Also saw some enormous seals hanging around on an island. Saw eagles and some other birds....More

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We picked Spirit of Orcas because we were drawn to the smaller boat (6 passengers) and wanted a more intimate experience. They definitely delivered here. We were disappointed that our captain kept looking at his watch. He checked the time 5-6 times on a 3hour...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Had a great time watching Orcas with Ken's Spirit of Orca. He knows the area so well and with only 4 other people on board..made it a very comfortable boat ride without scrambling to see the whales. So much better than having 100 people on...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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