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Maya's Legacy Whale Watching

#1 of 25 Tours in Friday Harbor Features Animals
Snug Harbor Resort, near the end of Mitchell Bay Road on the west side of San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
+1 360-378-7996
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My husband and I went out with another whale watching group our first day in San Juan and thought... read more

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Nancy R
Gillette, Wyoming
Fantastic Trip!

My wife and I went on a whale watching trip with Maya’s Legacy in early June. From the moment we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching provides small group whale watching & wildlife tours from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the best location to experience Orca whales in the wild. Recreational, engaging and informative, we offer memorable experiences with a passionate crew and the most innovative boats. We offer two convenient departure locations on San Juan Island.
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Snug Harbor Resort, near the end of Mitchell Bay Road on the west side of San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
+1 360-378-7996
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I went out with another whale watching group our first day in San Juan and thought the experience was wonderful. Then I booked our second day with Maya's Legacy to get some variety and from that moment on there was no turning...More

Thank Nancy R
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I went on a whale watching trip with Maya’s Legacy in early June. From the moment we met Captain Jim and his assistant Maggie on the dock, we knew that we were in great hands. They were both personable, knowledgeable, and did...More

Thank CM213
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So amazing!! Words can't even express how truly amazing this experience was. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable they answered any of our questions or concerns and we were really lucky to be able to go on 2 tours!! We are from Minnesota and...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely a worthwhile trip! Researched a lot of whale watching tours, Maya's stood out and for good reason! The kids had a great time. Smaller boat, very fast and gets to the whales quickly. Friendly crew and fun times!

Thank Beau G
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took their smaller boat out of Snug Harbor, so there were a total of six passengers along with the two crew, which made for a cozy adventure. Nothing impersonal here, with announcements over a loudspeaker! Our two hosts included the captain and a naturalist,...More

Thank Roger_Selene
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Travelled out with Captain Jeff and naturalists Sarah and Ben for a 3 hour search for whales and wildlife. We rode from their Friday Harbor location on a wonderful new boat - lots of great viewing ability from front and back decks and broad side...More

Thank etd79
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were a group of 9 (7 adults and 2 young children) that went out on the whale watching tour with Maya's Legacy. From the minute we called to inquire about the excursion to the docking of the boat, it was incredible! The boat itself...More

Thank shawn639
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With only 7 people aboard, including the Captain and Naturalist, there wasn't a bad seat on board. When we encountered the Orca pod, Captain Alan was skillful in piloting the boat so that the whales were clearly visible and in fact, they chose to swim...More

Thank Lynne-and-JimH
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our captains were Spencer and Jeff and they were very nice and friendly. We had been out on another tour the day before but had only seen about 4 orcas for about 4 minutes and the boat ride was very bumpy.On June 9th, Captain Spencer...More

Thank Jocelin T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small boat with a captain and a naturalist. Our group of 4 plus 2 others. Nice boat got us to the sights quickly. Saw harbor seals, otters, eagles, and orcas, more than we expected. Crew made us feel like this was the best trip they...More

Thank fsdukejr
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Martha C
Is there a bathroom on the Maya boat And or shade
11 June 2017|
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Response from Briana H | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I believe all three do, although I can only speak for the boat we were on, Imagine. This boat had a bathroom as well as a covered cabin with heated seats!
can I rent a car on San Juan island and take it on ferry to other neighboring islands and drop off on last island then take ferry to Seattle for airport home?
16 May 2017|
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Response from Jeff F | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your questions regarding traveling the San Juan Islands. There are car rentals available from Friday Harbor, but to our knowledge there are no companies that allow for a drop off on other islands. We... More
Hello. My husband & I are traveling to SJI for our honeymoon in mid May. I would Love to do a whale watching trip but I am worried that it is disruptive to the whales. It would be amazing to see them up close, Wild and free but I could not enjoy it if I was on a boat among many filled with humans crowding around a pod. I have heard that some tours are more ecofriendly than others in this way. I have also heard that there is a distance requirement & am wondering how this works. We are staying in an ocean view rental near Lime Kiln Park so we may see them from shore. If that is better for the whales, then we don't have to do a whale watching boat tour.
19 April 2017|
Response from Jeff F | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your question. Our vessels, along with the other whale watching boats in the area, strictly abide by federal regulations as well as voluntary guidelines established by the Pacific Whale Watch Association... More