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San Juan Safaris

#8 of 48 Tours in San Juan Islands Features Animals
WA 98250-7199
+1 800-450-6858
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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their natural habitat. For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing. Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from the comfort of our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With four vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you. Our seasoned Captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for whale and wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about orcas and the local area. Choose from two vessel tours: M/V Sea Lion: The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet, comfortable, stable, great for passengers of all ages and mobility levels. Restroom on board, 360* viewing deck, heated inside cabin. Great for families and groups. M/V Kestrel: The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel-- perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion! Fast, safe, and comfortable. 360* viewing deck, all-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry, plus on board marine bathroom. Fun and fast! This tour is great for passengers 8 years and older. Our brand new Whale Watch Headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots on San Juan Island to explore. Visit our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. Don’t forget to stop by our new Ridetide Cafe for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
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WA 98250-7199
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a blast on the sunset tour. Captain Pete and our guide Lauren where so knowledgeable and kind. Got the chance to see a lot great wildlife up close. Including a humpback! Definitely will go again in the future.

Thank Halseymc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went out on a rainy windy day - the seas were definitely pretty rough but we were glad we went with San Juan Safaris because most other companies did not go out at all with the weather that day. We were rewarded by seeing...More

Thank snaffle821
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were courteous and professional and very knowledgeable. We had a great time and saw not only a pod of transient orcas but also a grey whale which is very rare for those waters. I would recommend San Juan Safaris to anyone wanting to...More

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

Hi Tommy! Thank you for taking the time to share a few words about you tour experience. Reviews like your's help build our future, and for that we cannot thank you enough! So glad that you encountered not only killer whales, but also a gray...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The people at San Juan Safaris do everything possible to not only ensure you see some incredible things but they do their best to teach you everything they possibly can during your excursion. Their knowledge is remarkable. I was able to see a family of...More

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

Wow Carla! Thank you for your kind words. We work very hard for our guests, and strive to share our knowledge regarding the biology and ecology of the Salish Sea. It sounds like we succeeded! Glad you had a great day with orcas and humpbacks....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I traveled with San Juan Safaris a few weeks ago. I have gone on whale watch tours across the world and I have lived by the ocean, but no experience can exceed what this crew out of Friday Harbor put together. We left the dock...More

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

The whale trifecta! It's very rare to have three (yes, 3!) different whale species sightings in one tour. What an incredible experience! Thank you for your kind words regarding your captain and crew. We will always go the extra mile for our guests, and extend...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Way beyond our highest hopes! We came from all the way across the country to Friday Harbor specifically to go whale watching. We hoped we would see an orca, maybe more than one, but never dreamed we would be lucky enough to see a family...More

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

We are so happy to hear that you had a excellent San Juan Safaris experience! Many thanks for acknowledging your captain and crew. We'll always work our hardest for our guests, and it's clear that we succeeded. Thank you for choosing San Juan Safaris, and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much San Juan Safaris, we will never forget our incredible day with you when we saw the J-pod Orcas!!! We are still talking about it and will be for a long time. Lauren was a great Naturalist too! Thanks again!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family had a fabulous time! From our oldest grandparent to our youngest 4 year old girl. We went with the intention of celebrating my husband's 40th birthday but we all received lasting gifts! The two Sarahs were a wealth of knowledge. We did not...More

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

At the heart of what we do is strive to provide our guests with a memorable wildlife viewing experience. We are so happy to hear that your girls had a great experience with Naturalist Sarah C. and Sarah M. Many of our staff are K-12...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guides were both friendly and very knowledgeable. We had glorious weather and were lucky enough to see orcas, a humpback whale, harbour seals, harbour porpoises and a bald eagle. All in all, an excellent trip!

1  Thank slewisbennion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked the adventure tour which meant we took the high speed boat that was able to get us to several different areas quickly. On our afternoon, we saw several Orca whales, both male and female. Though the boat is very careful to follow the...More

1  Thank Allen_W225
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Hi, since you didn't see any orcas you have a non-expiring free pass for your next visit is that right? Thanks
6 April 2016|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! We work with the Pacific Whale Watch Association for our spotting network and know of any sightings in real time and have the equipment and crew to get you to any whales spotted. As orcas can travel up to 100... More
What are the odds of seeing the whales and orcas in late may?
6 April 2015|
Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! Peak season for orca sighting is the summer months typically from June through September. That being said there are orcas in our waters year round and lots of other wildlife too! We work with a wonderful spotting... More