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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

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The best orca whale watching is from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, just an easy day trip adventure from downtown Seattle. The San Juan Islands are considered the "jewel" of the Pacific Northwest, located in the Puget Sound.
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
  • Convenient departure times throughout the day
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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Departure Point
Friday Harbor, Washington
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to the original departure point approximately 4 hours after departure
Inclusions
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Local taxes
Exclusions
  • Transport to/from Friday Harbor from Seattle
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fee (USD1.00 per person)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For maximum safety children under 2 should be in a harness carrier strapped to a parent and remain in the cabin
  • "Special Limited" tour not recommended for child aged 13 and under
  • Restrooms are available on board the boat
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day as we saw a Humpback while we were still in the channel as we had just started our tour. Captain got word of 4 Orcas near the Canadian border and away we went. Amazing that in 90 minutes we had seen so much....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi pctraveler2018! Thank you so much for your review of your experience out on the water! It sounds like you enjoyed a spectacular day out on the water getting to encounter so much wildlife. Thank you so much for complimenting our naturalist staff, we strive...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We set looking for Orcas and just as we were nearing the end of the tour and about to turn around we found them! We found a pod that was headed North about to meet up with ANOTHER POD!! Two Orca pods! The coolest part...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Andrea R
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andrea R! Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy that you had such an incredible tour with two groups of orcas and a humpback whale.... we always tell our guest to NEVER give up hope when we're out on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WOW what a trip. Piper and Jordan are very experianced and kept us informed on what we were hoping to see and we DID. Two pods or Orcas and a Humpback Whale. Capt. Gabe went out of his way to insure we would see whales....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi richjacob1, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience! We are so glad that you saw so much wildlife and that you had a great time with Captain Gabe, Piper, and Jordan! We think our crew is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stellar day with Jordan; the Naturalist, and Gabe; the Captain. Jordan is a gracious host and is very informative with a great sense of humor. We learned a lot! Gabe directed us to a lot of wildlife including a baby Humpback and a pod of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi G23money, Thank you so much for your review of your experience out on the water! We are so happy that you got to see so much wildlife and that you had a great time with Captain Gabe and Jordan. We are so lucky to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding trip! Our guides were 2 young girls with extensive and impressive credentials, Piper and Jordan. Captain Gabe got us to where we needed to be! On this trip we were very fortunate to spot 2 Orca pods and a humpback whale. We also spotted...More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi klw826, Thank you so much for your kind review of your experience out on the water. We love that you got to see so much wildlife, and that you enjoyed your time with Jordan, Piper, and Captain Gabe. We are also so happy that...More

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8 May 2019|
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Response from watchingbirds | Reviewed this property |
Ours was minimal. I think because it’s in the protected strait, it’s very mild waters most of the time, but I don’t know for sure. In any case, I’ve been on rough waters and this was not the same at all. We were there in... More
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Connie F
26 April 2019|
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Washington State runs a ferry several times a day for automobiles and walk-ons from Anacortes, WA which is a two-hour drive north of Seattle. There are ferries that run direct from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, while others... More
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CherylE398
2 April 2019|
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Not on the whale watching tour, no. You're on the boat the entire time (at least with San Juan Safaris, that's the case). But Friday Harbor is on San Juan Island and you're free to explore that before or after the whale... More
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