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San Juan Safaris

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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...more
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10 Front St Ste 102, WA 98250-7976
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a magical experience. We went off season, so we were worried we would not find any whales. However, the captain and the guide were committed to finding some whales and went above and beyond. It is always a great experience when you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, Jessica! I'll pass on your praise to your crew. Whenever possible, we strive to go above and beyond to show our guests whales in the Salish Sea. Thank you for acknowledging our hard work. Naturalist Sarah really is incredible...as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent our last full day of our honeymoon in the PNW with San Juan Safaris and they did not disappoint! We know no one can control the whales and whether we see them or not so we just kind of didn’t think we would...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brittany B
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, Brittany. At the heart of what we do is strive to provide a safe, respectful, and educational wildlife viewing experience. Thank you for letting us know we succeeded in our goals. Congratulations again to you and your new husband,...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

From the moment I booked the trip to returning to the dock, it was a wonderful experience. Alexandria, our Naturalist was very professional and really knowledgeable. It was late in the season to go whale watching, but we got lucky and got to view some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Many thanks for your kind words, Cindy! Glad to hear that we made your visiting family's experience in the Northwest extra special. Naturalists Alexandria truly is a gem, and we are lucky to have her on staff. We'll pass on your kudos to both Alexandria...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

We were very grateful for the crew extending the tour to allow us to go out further and see a rare pod of killer whales. Our 10 and 7 year old children and us were so thrilled to see these majestic creatures in the Ocean!More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Whenever possible, we always go the extra mile! Thank you for taking a moment to share your kind words, Nathan. Glad to hear that your kiddos had a great experience. We strive to provide a family friendly wildlife viewing excursion for all passengers, regardless of...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We joked when we got on the boat that it was a year to the date we went whale watching in Vancouver, sadly on that trip we didn’t get to see any Orca which has been a lifetime goal for me to see these amazing...More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your San Juan Safaris whale watch & wildlife experience. We'll be sure to pass on your kudos to your captain, Mike. Mike has been with us for over a decade and is one of the best captains in...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

We had a great time on this whale watching trip. The people at San Juan Safaris were extremely nice and evrything was very well organized. The naturalists on board answered all our questions and made the trip a great experience for everybody. We were lucky...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Wow! Thank you for your kudos. Glad to hear that our naturalists and customer service staff were kind and organized. We take pride in providing a high quality customer service experience in addition to a great wildlife viewing adventure. Be sure to look us up...More

Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

With hoping to see at least some marine life we had the unexpected joy of seeing 3 different pods of Orcas! They actually came a little closer so we were able to see females and males. We encountered rock sausages aka harbor seals and even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Hi Jill! Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your recent San Juan Safaris whale watch & wildlife tour. We work hard for our guests every tour, and it sounds like we succeeded in our goal of providing the #1 tour experience in the San...More

Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

OMG ❤️ It had been a dream of mine to go see Orcas out in nature... when I booked the trip on the Kester , I had done my research and thought it was the best choice, but I still had doubts because it was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

Hello! Thank you so much for your positive and kind words! We are so happy to hear that you had such a great time out with us! Kestrel provides an awesome adventure experience on the water and we are very pleased you came out with...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We had a wonderful experience with the Western Prince II from Friday Harbor. The staff, including the ship's captain and 2 naturalists were very knowledgeable about the whales and other wildlife. We traveled a long way into the straits to find the whales, but they...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is a must and San Juan Safaris knows their stuff. The two naturalists on board had so many degrees and so much experience - we came away with a full education on the ecosystem supporting the wildlife coupled with tons of info about the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dawnalysa
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

Hello! Wow! We are so happy to hear you had such a great time out with San Juan Safaris! Everything you said in your review are things we aim to provide: enthusiasm, education, and an exceptional experience for a good value! It truly is a...More

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Aaron C
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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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