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Spirit of Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours

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Address: Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Captain Carli's Whale Watch)
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+1 360-378-0302
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very...

An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very personal experience.

Whale Watching is our passion! Your goal is to see whales and our goal is to show them to you.

Captain Ken has been a professional mariner for 37 years serving as captain mainly on ocean tugs on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He has worked small cruise ships in SE Alaska and Inside Passage and Excursion vessels on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Astoria, OR to Lewiston, ID.

 

Ken has had opportunity to see whale behavior as well as many other marine life on the Pacific Ocean from Kodiak Alaska all the way down to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and on the Atlantic Ocean. He has seen Humpback Whales “bubble net feeding” in Alaska and scratched the heads of curious Gray Whale calves in Mexico

 

One of Ken’s greatest passions is to share his experience with others and now he is able to do just that by taking you out to meet the whales in their natural environment. He is a certified Naturalist and loves to share what he has learned, with you on the tour.

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LIFE CHANGING DISCOVERIES

Our trip to discover the Orcas and whales and other animals and birds of the Salish Sea was life changing and affirming and Captain Ken Rae is one of the most honest and caring... read more

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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to discover the Orcas and whales and other animals and birds of the Salish Sea was life changing and affirming and Captain Ken Rae is one of the most honest and caring men I have ever met. He will do all within his power to see that you have a wonderful experience.

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North Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The very best thing about this trip is Ken and the small boat - with a max of 6 people, there won't be any jockeying for views, seats, etc. Ken went above and beyond and was like having a friend (more knowledgeable!) with us. Highly recommend Spirit of Orca. Thanks, Ken!

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Thank kauaiinmyheart
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Today we went whale watching with Captain Ken on the Spirit of Orca. We realized that March is a bit early to spot whales but with relatives from Texas, we wanted to give it a try. Captain Ken gave a us a tour of the islands and waters near Friday Harbor. We saw eagles,, seals, sea lions, deer and wild... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Our guide Nico ( A marine biologist )and our captain were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about their subject .There are three rules for whale watching we were told. Respect, patience, and luck. We had all three. Being able to witness adult whales jump and twist out of the water( called breeching) is something that I feel blessed to have witnessed.... More 

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Thank Chris W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We booked this cruise just a couple days in advance. Most of the other tour boats were full. This cruise was only a few dollars more than the large boats but thought we would try a small boat out. It was awesome! We have been an a couple wildlife boating excursions and NEVER were able to experience the animals up-close... More 

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Thank di852017
Napa, California
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Ken is a true seaman! Loves what he does and it shows. The day we went out we found Orcas and it was magical. THANK YOU KEN

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We has the boat to ourselves and we were able to take our time and search for the whales! He also shows you all interesting wildlife and information about the local animals. Really enjoyed the time until we got chilled!

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Now I must say I did not manage to go on a trip with these guys, but I feel compelled to write a review thanks to their customer service. I called them a while back to enquire about a trip in early October, and they said they will let me know if they will have a space if a boat... More 

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Your welcome and thank you Lucy, that was very nice of you. I so glad you were able to go out and see our magnifecent Orcas. More 

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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

It was out of season, and we arrived back in town in the mid afternoon. All of the scheduled tours at every place we called had already left, but when we called they put together a trip for us anyhow. It was an outstanding tour! The captain was extremely personable, and got us out to see the orcas and the... More 

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Chilliwack, British Columbia
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Captain Ken was fully invested in fulfilling my boyfriend's birthday wish to see whales in the wild! He even called us to the dock early when he heard of some whales within the right distance! We saw Sea Lions, Orca and Humpback whales! I felt that we were a respectful distance away and then the whales themselves chose to come... More 

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