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San Juan Excursions

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Address: 2 Spring St, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
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+1 360-378-6636
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Our Guarantee: See whales or your next trip is free! Fun and educational...

Our Guarantee: See whales or your next trip is free! Fun and educational whale watch/wildlife cruises you'll never forget! April through September from Friday Harbor in the "sunny San Juan Islands" aboard the spacious, comfortable and stable 65 foot vessel "Odyssey." Locally owned and operated with local naturalist guides. 10% AAA, military, teacher and other discounts.

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San Juan Excursions

A day on the water with San Juan Excursions is always a highlight of our San Juan Island summer trips. The crew is friendly and knowledgeable. The boat provides a great balance... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Damon K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A day on the water with San Juan Excursions is always a highlight of our San Juan Island summer trips. The crew is friendly and knowledgeable. The boat provides a great balance of outdoor access and indoor seating out of the sun. And the experience never disappoints. I look forward to planning our next trip and booking a day with... More 

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Thank you so much! We hope to see again in the future. More 

Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a whale watching tour with San Juan excursions because we got a discount through our hotel. We knew there was a good chance we wouldn't see orcas (too early in the season), but we did get to see a humpback whale. Brittany was out on board naturalist and she was super informative and really nice. The boat was... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

The crew was excellent and kept us informed of everything we were seeing. I loved that they took on the responsibility of taking the pictures of the whales and other wildlife so we could concentrate on just having a good time. They had anyone who wanted the pictures to write down their emails and the pictures were sent. I've been... More 

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I have loved Orcas since I was young so getting to see them in person for the first time was amazing. It was even better that I got to see them in their natural habitat. They weren't sure if we were going to see any whales that day but our luck changed and we were able to spot several pods... More 

Thank rlandis20
Sioux Falls, SD
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

We went in the off season so there wasn't a ton of sea life to see, but the naturalists on the boat were very entertaining with lots of good information. We did get to see three humpback whales which was a dream come true for me. My only complaints are that the time listed to be at the office was... More 

Thank lizSiouxFalls_SD
Friday Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful experience this summer! Both our 3 and 6 year old daughters were entertained the whole trip. We got to see "granny" breach, it was pretty amazing. The captain was great and made the ride as smooth as possible. The boat is nice and big, super comfortable, and warm inside as well as... More 

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Greenwich, CT
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We reserved places for a whale watch on the one day we had available while on San Juan Island. Purchasing tickets was easy and efficient. We boarded in a timely fashion and everything pre-cruise was easy peasy. If possible make reservations! The boat is comfortable and roomy especially as there were only about 25 on board. Bathrooms complete the most... More 

Thank RockridgeC
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It is a great size excursion boat and the staff were very informative and friendly. We were able to see a pod of five transient orcas. AMAZING! They are beautiful and so great to see up close. We also saw a lot of seals and birds. Great trip definitely worth it if your in the area!

Thank Skyla S
Shawnee, Kansas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2016

"I was also on a tour 2 days before this one. We were lucky enough (according to the naturalists) to see Minky whales, but no orcas. To our delight, we were given another pass to try again for orcas. My friends and I didn't realize there was an orca guarantee. We were thrilled to try again, with success on the... More 

Thank kg30411
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Have taken this charter each time we have been out around 7 times. Had not been for a few years. They have new digs and they are nice . The boat is in great shape and crew are always helpful and so knowledgeable which is key to the experience. The transit pod we saw was hunting and there was 8... More 

Thank Tammra N

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