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San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours

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2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
+1 360-298-0012
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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!
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good5%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
+1 360-298-0012
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

I did a trip two weeks ago with my college-aged daughter and my best friend and we wanted an intimate experience on a small boat with few people. Mr. Hobbes was exactly what we ordered. He has been working the San Juan Island waters for...More

Thank Malo123
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This whale watching tour has the potential to be great. However, we did not get to see any whales. It may have been due to the fact that the whales had already started to migrate, but our guide said they should have still been around...More

Thank wmason43
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for understanding that these are wild animals... Cheers

Reviewed 20 August 2017

I was looking for a more intimate experience for our whale watching adventure versus being in a large boat with several people packed like sardines. We were also desiring of some of the amenities of a larger boat (bathroom, heated cabin) so this tour fit...More

Thank bevatx
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you!

Reviewed 13 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed Capt. Hobbes. We appreciated his easy going style and wealth of knowledge and the experience of being on his smaller boat.

Thank hawthorne2016
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you!

Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

The captain had been doing this for over 15 years and knew where to find the orcas. He will take you as far as the Pudget Sound. The boat is a little small but had comfortable seats. It has one bathroom. He'll take different forms...More

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 8 July 2017

My mother and daughter were staying for a week in Birch Bay and decided to book a whale watching trips since we kept meeting locals who were going or had just gone. The crew is made up of college kids and they are excellent in...More

Thank KarenEph320
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Last year my husband and I did a tour with Maya's Legacy and had an amazing experience when 3 orca swam right up to our boat. It appeared that every other tour operator was in the same area so I figured this would happen on...More

Thank Wendy G
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

200 yards is as close as you can get without getting a ticket! Some operators don't care, what can I say...

Reviewed 22 June 2017

If you are a whale lover book a cruise on the “Tokitae”. Captain Hobbes is very passionate about the whales and marine life surrounding the islands. Captain Hobbes took the time to tell us about the whales and how the Southern Residents are in danger...More

Thank Kimberly K
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you!

Reviewed 8 June 2017

The day was actually cold, wet and dreary but the trip was well worth it. We stayed warm and dry on Capt. Hobbes boat. He was very informative and we learned a lot about the animals and area. We did see humpback whales breaching.

1  Thank B9104CQjenniferc
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I have always wanted to see orcas. So on my 61st Birthday I booked a trip to Blaine, Washington near the San Juan Islands. I booked two "whale watching tours". The first tour was rated highly and was on a larger boat. The boat was...More

2  Thank Debbie4a
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22 August 2017|
Response from bevatx | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The Orcas were great!
25 August 2016|
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Response from Hobbes B | Property representative |
Hello, yes both boats have firm upright seating, but please think twice about bringing someone on a boat with back issues… Cheers
26 October 2015|
Response from Hobbes B | Property representative |
Hello, all the small boats are the same price $105 plus tax, none of the bigger boats run in the fall and winter that I'm aware of. We leave the dock at 12:00 for a 21/2 - 3:00 hour tour. Thank you for your interest in my... More