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San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours

#11 of 30 Outdoor Activities in Friday Harbor Features Animals
2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
+1 360-298-0012
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Terrible customer service!

My wife, Grandson, and myself booked a whale watching excursion as part of our vacation. The night... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bob H
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Mesa, Arizona
Captain with lots of experience and knows where to find the whales

The captain had been doing this for over 15 years and knew where to find the orcas. He will take... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David F
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Farmington, Utah
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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!
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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2 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7199
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife, Grandson, and myself booked a whale watching excursion as part of our vacation. The night before, the company called to inform us that one of the ferries had broken down. He insisted that we take the 12:20 ferry over to the island and...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank David F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

Thank you!

Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour using a Groupon voucher for 4. Got a confirmation​ email. Requested a reservation for 2 more but was refused bcoz of no vacancy. Only 1 day before the trip was I informed that even the confirmed trip cancelled was 'due to the...More

Thank gsvpmumbai
Hobbes B, Owner at San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

I'm sorry this happened, it was a very unusual case. The problem was that this was the first day using a new booking company, the first day change over was stressful, and yes they/we messed up. Again, I'm so sorry! If you lived here I...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Unfortunately, we didnt get to see any killer whales (too early in the season) but did get to see sea lions, seals and a humpback whale. The team on board was very knowledgeable and friendly and the boat in very good condition. They also provide...More

2  Thank Melkai
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This was an awesome tour. The boat left promptly, was very clean and comfortably accommodated all passengers. The thrill of our trip was seeing 'Big Mama', a humpback whale, breach the water. We saw two other humpbacks, sea lions and an eagle. Kudos to Andrew....More

2  Thank cjfindlay
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texoztai
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
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cheesehead85
27 October 2015|
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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
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