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San Juan Safaris

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WA 98250-7199
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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

My wife and I took a tour on the Kestrel in late September. We saw both the fish-eating resident orcas and the mammal-eating transient orcas! Not to mention a bunch of other wildlife, sea lions and minke whales included. Our guide, Rachel, was extremely knowledgeable...More

Thank Kuzmik
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a great whale watching trips with San Juan Safaris on both of their boats Kestrel (speed boat) and Sea Lion. I was really excited to see orcas for the first time in my life and both trips really fulfilled my expectations. Thanks to...More

Thank anetapajskrova
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our naturalist Rachel, shared the most amazing information about the individuals and families of these resident Orcas as we floated among them for 2 hours! Fantastic and unforgettable experience - especially on the "Kestral" the smaller, fast zodiac boat let us be eye to eye...More

Thank karencJ9675PC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Naturalist was Sarah and she was very informative and answered all of our questions. We were able to see one humpback and 3 transient orcas - not a lot of whales but enough to keep it fun. My only complaint is that the company...More

Thank Kristine S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to Sarah M, my boyfriend and I had a fabulous time. Even if it was a little rainy we had a great experience and great company! Thank you again for making my dream come true!!! Jessica and Jose

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taking this tour was a blast ! From the on board naturalist, to the boat captain, everyone was extremely friendly and made the trip an awesome experience. Amazing time out on the water around a beautiful part of this country seeing humpback whales and a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly awe-inspiring moment was shared with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. We have always dreamed of seeing Orcas (Killer Whales) in the wild, and this experience was beyond any of our expectations. Lead naturalist Sarah, naturalist Courtney, and Captain Gabe were terrific!...More

Thank Jeffory M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a completely professional organization. We liked everything about the experience-the boat is the right size and comfortable; the naturalists shared a wealth of knowledge about the environment and creatures; the captain did a fantastic job of navigating; and the price was right. But...More

Thank Jewels33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family took the whale watching tour with Rachel (naturalist) and Mike (boat captain). We saw multiple whale species and other marine life. We've heard that it's quite unusual to see all of the marine life we observed on one tour but Mike did a...More

Thank Greg60_2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an awesome whale watching tour! We went in mid August and were able to see a number of different species including harbor porpoise, seals, sea lions, Orca, and even a humpback. The crew at San Juan Safaris was very knowledgable and had many...More

Thank Teddy C
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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
5 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