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Friday Harbor, United States
Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get up close with the orca whales off the San Juan Islands near Seattle on this 4-hour whale-watching cruise. San Juan Island is where the southern resident killer whales live about six months out of the year, from mid-April to October. It’s also considered the best place to view orca whales.
  • Seattle whale watching
  • Experience the best killer whale watching area, off San Juan Island, near Seattle
  • Whales have been viewed on over 90% of the tours
  • You will be guaranteed see marine mammals
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Whale Watching Cruise
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Transport to/from Friday Harbor from Seattle
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Port Fee (USD1.00 per person)

Departure Point

Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA

San Juan Safaris' office is located on Front Street, to the right, in the lower level of the 2 story gray building. Downriggers Restaurant is on the top floor.

Return Details

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For the best whale-watching in Seattle, enjoy the beauty of San Juan Island on a whale-watching cruise from Friday Harbor, a quaint town on the island. San Juan Island is considered the best place to view orca whales because of the large salmon population, which is their primary food source. Salmon travel up and down the west coast of the island and some of the outlying areas, so it makes it a perfect place to see orca whale activity.

Climb on board the fast, new 55-foot MV Sea Lion, complete with a heated cabin, with windows, that seats up to 24 travelers. Add the walk-around deck and 40 or fewer guests can fit comfortably on this vessel.

While it’s not guaranteed that killer whales will be seen on this tour, there is more than a 90 percent chance. Plus, there is an even greater chance of seeing minke, humpback and gray whales. Seeing marine mammals, well, that’s a sure thing.

Want a more intimate tour? Join the special small-group tour, with a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Note: The schedule for the ferry to San Juan Island changes seasonally and has specific departure times. Please ask about the latest Washington State Ferry schedule to ensure you arrive with enough time to make your way to the tour departure point.
Itinerary
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San Juan Island
San Juan Island is considered the best place to view orca whales because the salmon, which are their prime source of food (about 95% of what they eat), travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas. Take this Whale watching tour and see orca whales which has been viewed on over 90% of the tours with the possibility of spotting minke, humpback and gray whales to be higher. What is the best time to see orca whales? Anytime. They are out and about all day. You will be guaranteed see marine mammals and come back with memories to last a lifetime! Enjoy the beauty of San Juan Island on an exclusive Whale Watch Cruise from Friday Harbor. Sail aboard the fast, new 55 foot MV Sea Lion (with windowed, heated cabin, which seats up to 24 guests). 40 or fewer guest aboard this comfortable boat with walk around deck.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For maximum safety children under 2 should be in a harness carrier strapped to a parent and remain in the cabin
  • "Special Limited" tour not recommended for child aged 13 and under
  • Restrooms are available on board the boat
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY San Juan Safaris

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching from Friday Harbor?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Friday Harbor.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching from Friday Harbor?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Friday Harbor.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching from Friday Harbor?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Friday Harbor.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching from Friday Harbor?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Friday Harbor.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Watching from Friday Harbor?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Friday Harbor.

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Washington 2021
Barbara_K
, Sep 2021
The crew/staff were pleasent and helpful from beginning to end. The weather was perfect and we were fortunate to be able to watch 4 whales swim around for about 90 minutes. Even the staff was impressed so I'm sure that this is not the usual trip. There were two naturalists on board who were very friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience. Bring your binoculars. There is so much to see.
star-5
An experience worth doing
Diane_G
, Sep 2021
The captain and naturalist were exceptionally accommodating. Had to travel far but we found our Orcas. The passion for these creatures was evident in her enthusiasm. It was nice to not have a full boat as well
star-5
Great Whale Watch
Carole_M
, Sep 2021
Gabe & Olivia were great! We saw sixteen whales on our trip! They actually spent a little extra time with us as the views were phenomenal.
star-5
Great whale watch experience
Edward_L
, Sep 2021
Knowledgeable naturalists and super friendly staff. Nice to have wine and beer. Had to go along way to find whales but they did it
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Southern Resident Orcas off San Juan Island
Quin_T
, Aug 2021
Our Captain, Brian, took us right to a pod of Southern Resident killer Whales North of San Juan Island. He says they have not seen these Resident whales in these waters for the past five months. The whole crew was excited about that. Typically they have only been observing transient Orcas.
star-5
Whale of a good time!
Beth_T
, Aug 2021
We had to travel about 30 miles but we did finally find 2 orcas! It was pretty cool seeing them in the wild. The crew was great and answered our many questions. The only thing that could improve would be not so many people on board.
star-5
A lovely day
Lisa_D
, Aug 2021
A great group of tour operators. We were able to find the orcas rather easily and were given so much personal info from the guides. Super comfortable boat to be in and that's saying a lot because I throw up on all boats!
star-5
It was an amazing...
Micah_R
, Aug 2021
It was an amazing experience. We took the in-laws to whale watch witch they have not been for almost over 15yrs. Got the pleasure of seeing Not only two pods of wheals but they think that the was a third pod that they have not seen before ♥️
star-5
Great trip
Pat_C
, Aug 2021
Responsible whale watching company followed regulations and did a great job finding whales and other wildlife.
star-5
Do it again soon
Daniel_L
, Aug 2021
More than I hope for whales weather and good company decided to go 2 days before hand 300 mile drive there would do it again tomorrow if I had the time thankyou

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