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Spirit of Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours

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Address: Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Captain Carli's Whale Watch)
Phone Number: +1 360-378-0302
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very...

An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very personal experience.

Whale Watching is our passion! Your goal is to see whales and our goal is to show them to you.

Captain Ken has been a professional mariner for 37 years serving as captain mainly on ocean tugs on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He has worked small cruise ships in SE Alaska and Inside Passage and Excursion vessels on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Astoria, OR to Lewiston, ID.

 

Ken has had opportunity to see whale behavior as well as many other marine life on the Pacific Ocean from Kodiak Alaska all the way down to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and on the Atlantic Ocean. He has seen Humpback Whales “bubble net feeding” in Alaska and scratched the heads of curious Gray Whale calves in Mexico

 

One of Ken’s greatest passions is to share his experience with others and now he is able to do just that by taking you out to meet the whales in their natural environment. He is a certified Naturalist and loves to share what he has learned, with you on the tour.

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Great day off season!!

We has the boat to ourselves and we were able to take our time and search for the whales! He also shows you all interesting wildlife and information about the local animals... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We has the boat to ourselves and we were able to take our time and search for the whales! He also shows you all interesting wildlife and information about the local animals. Really enjoyed the time until we got chilled!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Now I must say I did not manage to go on a trip with these guys, but I feel compelled to write a review thanks to their customer service. I called them a while back to enquire about a trip in early October, and they said they will let me know if they will have a space if a boat... More 

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Your welcome and thank you Lucy, that was very nice of you. I so glad you were able to go out and see our magnifecent Orcas. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

It was out of season, and we arrived back in town in the mid afternoon. All of the scheduled tours at every place we called had already left, but when we called they put together a trip for us anyhow. It was an outstanding tour! The captain was extremely personable, and got us out to see the orcas and the... More 

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Chilliwack, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Captain Ken was fully invested in fulfilling my boyfriend's birthday wish to see whales in the wild! He even called us to the dock early when he heard of some whales within the right distance! We saw Sea Lions, Orca and Humpback whales! I felt that we were a respectful distance away and then the whales themselves chose to come... More 

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Captain Ken was friendly,knowledgeable, and provided the extra service of taking fantastic pictures for you so you could just enjoy the experience. He knows exactly where to go, and how best to show you the experience of a lifetime

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Thank humanpylon
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Captain Ken took us on an awesome journey to see the San Juan orcas. He truly went out of his way to make sure we had an excellent experience. The orcas were unbelievable and the humpback to close the trip was awesome. I recommend Spirit of Orca to anyone who is interested in having a wonderful experience from Friday Harbor.

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Ridgefield, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had an amazing time on our Spirit of Orca tour with Captain Ken. Everything was handled with the utmost professionalism from beginning to end. There are a number of reasons this experience was nothing short of wondrous. 1. Captain Ken’s enthusiasm for his work and the animals was obvious and infectious. J Pod was the closest group of orcas,... More 

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Thank Kenberetired
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We had such an amazing experience, very very highly recommend this company! Captain Ken is awesome and very knowledgeable about the orca's, he took amazing pictures for us of everything we saw along the way and emailed them to us later that day! We can't wait to come back and do this with him again and bring our kids!

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Thank KKWalls
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had two wonderful days with Capt. Ken. He is very knowledgeable about Orcas and their identification marks. He makes every effort to find the location of active Orcas so you get to see them and photograph them. If you don't want to photograph them, he is a great photographer and is willing to share his photos.

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Cambridge, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I gulped when I first saw the small boat that would take us on our long-awaited dream of an Orca whale watch. Not to worry! Although the boat holds 6 guests, we 3 (my husband and me plus our adult son, who planned the trip) were the only ones with Captain Ken this beautiful morning--a private tour! The boat is... More 

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