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San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours

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Address: 2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
Phone Number:
+1 360-298-0012
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00

Whales Rock! Enjoy a six-passenger, personalized whale & wildlife...

Whales Rock! Enjoy a six-passenger, personalized whale & wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Join Captain Hobbes who grew up on the water in England and has been operating whale watch tours and passenger vessels in the San Juan Islands for 12 years. Come aboard “Natsilane,” named after an Orca Whale legend, a 30’ Albin Fast Express Cruiser, and enjoy a comfortable heated cabin, with indoor and outdoor seating, restroom and snack bar. Don't be a sardine in a can on a big boat -- enjoy an intimate experience in the beautiful San Juan Islands!

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Magical evening with whales!

Loved everything about this trip! Our captain was so knowledgable and made for such a great trip. Surprisingly we saw so many whales.

Reviewed 8 August 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Loved everything about this trip! Our captain was so knowledgable and made for such a great trip. Surprisingly we saw so many whales.

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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Captain Tom and Naturalist, Sam, did a great job on our afternoon trip, Saturday, July 30. We saw some harbor seals and some porpoise then took off for a long trip south, due to reports from other boats about humpback whales. We saw several boats a little farther South, that we think were watching humpback whales. Then my husband spotted... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

A very impressive operation run by Capt Pete & his two extremely knowledgeable naturalists where we got to see a family of orcas traveling together. The mates / naturalists were lovely young ladies who were more than happy to share their extensive knowledge of whales, pour over island maps to give us our bearings & even suggest a good place... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Very easy to book. Our captain was professional, safe, personable, and informative - clearly loves his job (how could he not?!). Enjoyed watching orcas off of Eagle Point/False Bay area - an experience I'll never forget and can't wait to repeat. Close enough to hear the air leaving their blow holes! I would highly recommend this company.

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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Fortunately, we had excellent weather and calm seas and saw lots of orcas. We even saw a Minke whale, a juvenile bald eagle, sea lions, and seals. The boat was comfortable, and the guides were informative and interesting. They knew these whales and seemed to be as excited as the passenger to see them. We loved the pictures they took... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We booked this last minute as we had been having amazing whale watching experiences earlier in the week and wanted 1 more before leaving! Let me tell you it was an AMAZING experience and we saw L pod and had a whale surprise us right by the boat. Our line about this trip was that we were in Whale Soup... More 

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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Whales, seals, and sea lions! The scenery alone is beautiful. Three crew, five passengers, made for a private experience. Sam provided us with a lot of information about the sea life. I would go again, only with this company. Cheers.

Thank Allie S
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The tour was nothing short of amazing! We had to go a little further than originally planned before we were able to actually see the whales!The crew was awesome as well!

Thank Tamekia B
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Our tour was excellent! Our Captain Tom was very informative and personable and answered all of our young daughter's many questions. We were lucky enough to see Orcas, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals and more! We highly recommend this tour, very intimate, not overcrowded with too many people looking for wildlife. Thank you for the great experience!

Thank 87debrab
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

My wife and I booked a sunset tour as part of a 1 night, 2 day trip to San Juan island. This was the best way to spend an evening in Friday Harbor. Our guide, Tom, spent over 3 hours taking us out to view wildlife. We saw bald eagles, harbor seals, and a pod of 2 orcas. He was... More 

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