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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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Departs at 1:30pm
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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.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Zodiac tour

This was most informative and fun Whale watching trip we have ever been on. We saw so many Orcas and variety of sea life, I am still smiling. Our Captain Gabe was great. I highly recommend this trip to all. Thank you, Lynn and Donna

Thank Donna N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
First time seeing orcas!!

What a wonderful way to see my first Orcas. This trip was amazing— the crew worked hard to find the resident pod, with sea lions and birds and beautiful scenery on the way. Captain Gabe and Crew Piper and Marianna were all very knowledgeable and...More

1  Thank SimonaClaus
Reviewed 5 days ago
Scratch this off my Bucket List!

Wanted to do this for the last 25 years, specifically sighting Orca whales. Not disappointed! The captain and naturalist Alexandria were ever so accommodating. Followed a pod of 20 orcas for at least an hour. Words are insufficient to describe the awe and wonder of...More

1  Thank Safari812342
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
So much fun

This was our second time out with this company. First time was last year around the same time of year. Knowledgeable staff and great boat with a closed in cabin should it be too cold for you on the water. First trip we saw a...More

2  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
#1 Thing To Do In The San Juan Islands

This was hands down one of the coolest boat tours we have ever been on! My wife & I did the high speed adventure tour aboard The Kestrel for our honeymoon excursion and it definitely exceeded our expectations! First off, our naturalist Alexandria was very...More

1  Thank Kendrick K
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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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Jodi D
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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