Orcas, Humpbacks, Minkes, white-sided Dolphins and the occasional Gray Whale migrate through the Salish Sea. In addition sea lions, seals, otters and over 300 birds call the archipelago home. Treat yourself to a guided Whale & Wildlife tour with our favorite outfitters. Or observe wildlife from land at the Lime Kiln State Park, also known as the "whale watch park", one of the best places to see whales from land on earth.

Feel free to book directly with any of the following fantastic activity providers, or give us a call and we'd be happy to help you find the perfect outfitter for you!

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Large Boats

San Juan Safaris offers professional trips with great attention to detail. One to three marine biologists are always on board to answer all of your wildlife questions. Their new, fast, double decker Osprey is not only San Juan Island's largest whale watching boat, with plenty of space to stretch out, Osprey also features a galley, where you can purchase grab and go items, concession snacks, a variety of soda, beer, wine, hot chocolate, coffee, water and more.

Don't forget we can book whale watching tours and kayak trips for you, so all you have to do is relax and have fun.

San Juan Safaris, Friday Harbor, WA
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Medium Boats

San Juan Safaris' Sea Lion departs from Roche Harbor or Friday Harbor, depending on demand and the season, offers a walk-around deck, windowed cabin, bow seating and a large bathroom. The deck sits 5 feet above the water and allows for great viewing. Charter this boat for your family reunion or corporate retreat.

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Small Boats

San Juan Safaris

Kestrel is San Juan Island’s fastest zodiac vessel—perfect for anyone looking for a high-speed adventure! Kestrel has a wraparound observation deck and restroom. Includes high-quality exposure suits! 35 feet long, 24 or fewer passengers.

Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours

Western Prince's bright, orange Zodiac seats 15. You get suited up in wind-and-weather-tight gear and go on a fast, fun, exhilarating ride, lasting about 2 1/2 hours.

Maya's Legacy Whale Watching

Maya's Legacy Whale Watching offers a premier experience with never more than 15 passengers per tour. Brand-new, custom designed boats feature theater style seating and a heated cabin for comfort in all conditions. 

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The 3 Best Places to see Orca Whales from Land on San Juan Island

In case you and yours aren’t at ease on a whale watching boat or want to spend your vacation bucks on other adventures, just grab your binoculars and head to the West Side, where the endangered gentle giants live.

Whale Watching with San Juan Safaris

When our friends visited from the East Coast this Fall, they shared that what they wanted more than anything else was to see Orca whales in the wild. We knew exactly what to plan: a San Juan Island getaway with a whale watching tour with San Juan Safaris.


A Whale of a Weekend on San Juan Island

As soon as you step off the ferry in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island you are immersed in all things whales. Whale watch and research vessels are bobbing in the harbor. Kayak and whale watch tour offices line the streets together with cafes, restaurants and galleries.

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