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“Great Day on the Water”
Review of San Juan Safaris

San Juan Safaris
Ranked #6 of 56 Tours in San Juan Islands
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 Café for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

This was a great way to spend the afternoon - we had clear blue sky’s and the staff were really great. We headed quite far out straight away to where Orcas had been spotted earlier in the day and we ended up seeing the L-Pod Orcas which were apparently quite rare especially in October. There were about 6-7 orcas in the pod. The naturalist Sarah was really knowledgeable and friendly and very enthusiastic about the sighting. We also saw a bald eagle, schools of birds and seals, not to mention some amazing scenery. It was really windy when travelling at full speed but the blankets provided definitely helped with battling the cold and overall the boat was pretty comfy. I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Thank StaceyM1443
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Hi Stacey! Wow! Sounds like you had a magical day on the water. Thank you for acknowledging your naturalist, Sarah. We are very lucky to have Sarah on staff...she is always so excited and full of knowledge. Glad to hear that you made use of our complimentary blankets. That's what they are there for!

Please be sure to visit us again when you are in the San Juan Islands next. Thanks again,


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