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San Juan Safaris

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10 Front St Ste 102, WA 98250-7976
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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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“saw orcas” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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10 Front St Ste 102, WA 98250-7976
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We had a great day on the water! We saw a humpback, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles...you name it. The staff was excellent! Great customer service down to minute details. I liked being on the smaller boat. I would do this again with these people.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Juan Safaris is a super professional and organized tour outfitter. We had a great time on the boat with Capt. Mike and our two tour guides who supplied us with information and blankets and we had the experience of our lifetime, watching J-Pod resident...More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your recent San Juan Safaris whale watch & wildlife tour. Every tour is unique and different, and we work hard for our guests every time. Thank you for letting us know that we succeeding in providing a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Juan Safaris booked our airfare for our party of 5 from Seattle and our whale watching excursion. They were very professional and friendly. Kenmore Air was amazing! The views from the plane were absolutely incredible! Definitely use San Juan Safaris for your San Juan...More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind words, KS! The Whale Plane Package (seaplane flight + whale watch & wildlife tour by boat) really is a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. We'll pass on your kudos to Kenmore Air and your staff & crew. Thanks again, and be...More

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Char030588
6 April 2016|
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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
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Josiec206
5 April 2015|
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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
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