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Captain Carli's Whale Watch

710 Nash St. # 3, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Ranked #10 of 26 activities in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Monroeville, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We had an incredible experience on our recent outing with Captain Carli. The fact that the weather was perfect and the killer whales were out in abundance certainly didn't hurt, but Bill really made it special. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and did everything he could to make sure that the 5 guests on Soulmate had a memorable trip. After seeing... More

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Our reservation with Captain Carli was originally for 5 people, but one of our party had to cancel at the last minute. Captain Carli would have been completely within his rights to charge us for the missing person, and we were prepared to pay, but he didn't even mention it. We had a terrific day and saw several orcas, along... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My sister and I had a great time out whale watching today! Being from Idaho I knew nothing about trying to get out whale watching and got so frustrated with all the over whelming information online. Finally I picked up the phone and the kind lady that answered was so nice and so helpful! She even figured out the ferry... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We are so glad we decided to whale watch with Captain Carli. We had a lucky day, seeing many whales, porpoises , and bald eagles. Captain Carli was wonderful! I would definitely recommend him if you are looking to whale watch at Friday Harbour!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been on whale watching tours with 3 companies from Friday Harbor and Captain Carli is by far the BEST of them! His personalized touch and small boat add a touch of class that no one can beat. I could tell from the start that Captain Carli loves what he gets to do and loves the island. He took... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Fantastic day of whale watching on Captain Carli's small boat Soulmate. With only 6 passengers the whole experience was up close and personal. The whale encounter was phenomenal with at least a dozen breaches as the whales frolicked in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to thrill their audience. And thrilled we were! The whales clearly stole the show... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The story is almost too long and detailed of a disaster to tell and at first I did give Captain Carli the benefit of the doubt which per him there were only two whales in the area and he simply couldn’t get to them. However, the evening after our seriously horrible trip we are in a restaurant with everyone chatting... More

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captainFridayHarbor, Owner at Captain Carli's Whale Watch, responded to this review

Hello I am deeply sadden that you had a terrible experience on your whale watching trip with me. I have lived on San Juan Island for 30 years and know these waters. As for my constantly checking my chart I was simply trying to find the whales by latitude and longitude numbers that were given to me over the radio.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I booked with Captain Carli after reading lots of positive reviews from Tripadvisor. We are a family group of 6 (mostly seniors), so have the boat to ourselves, a bit tight if all are staying in the outdoor viewing deck at the back of the boat. We decided to add an extra hour to the standard 3 hr trip to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Ah yes! the big question this year apparently! We were made aware that we might be lucky to see the whales this year ( other reviews above have explained why ). So we just decided to settle back and enjoy the morning in the compnay of Captain C. We immediately felt at ease and welcome and chatting with the Captain... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The whole experience was unforgettable. We had no idea what to expect and had heard that the whales had been elusive thus summer. But Captain Carli was right on the mark and we found and followed a big pod of Orcas for over an hour before we had to sadly leave them and return to Friday Harbor. I would highly... More

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