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Spirit of Orca Whale Watching

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Address: 685 Spring Street Landing, Slip #B8, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Captain Carli's Whale Watch)
Phone Number: +1 360-378-0302
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Description: An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a...
An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very personal experience. Whale Watching is our passion! Your goal is to see whales and our goal is to show them to you. Captain Ken has been a professional mariner for 36 years serving as captain mainly on ocean tugs on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He has worked small cruise ships in SE Alaska and Inside Passage and Excursion vessels on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Astoria, OR to Lewiston, ID. Ken has had opportunity to see whale behavior as well as many other marine life from Alaska all the way down to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. He has seen Humpback Whales “bubble net feeding” in Alaska and scratched the heads of curious Gray Whale calves in Mexico One of Ken’s greatest passions is to share his experience with others and now he is able to do just that by taking you out to meet the whales in their natural environment. He has completed Naturalist training through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and loves to share what he has learned with you on the tour.
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Orca viewing

We had a great time. The captain took us to the Orcas and shared his knowledge with us. He was very careful of both our safety and the whales. This was the highlight of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Saint Marys, Kansas
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Saint Marys, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We had a great time. The captain took us to the Orcas and shared his knowledge with us. He was very careful of both our safety and the whales. This was the highlight of the entire trip! Thank you :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

An amazing time. It's a 6 person boat, and you're right on the water, feeling the speed as you pass all the cattle car tour boats and zip through the channels. I loved the intimacy of the experience. I also appreciated how respectful the captain was of the whales. Highly recommended.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I have been whale watching a few times in my life, and a friend of mine wanted to go. I at first looked up the routine big boat whale watching deals on Groupon. Then thought to myself, I wonder how much it would be to get a smaller boat, less crowding and people. I am short so the typical thing... More 

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captkenrea, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you Jamie for your kind words and raves regarding our Whale Watching Tour. We are so pleased you chose to go out with us and we really enjoyed having you onboard. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

My sister and I invested our money on this whale watching adventure and it was completely worth it! We saw that whale watching company boats out on the water and they were so packed full of people, it looked miserable. There were 4people and the Capitan in our little boat. It was PERFECT. Will absolutely be returning to friday harbor... More 

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captkenrea, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching, responded to this review

We are so glad you joined us had a great time. We would love to see you both again. Thank you so much!!! More 

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We had a great afternoon with Capt Ken and his preservationists, Patty and Frank! They took us directly to the whales and taught us an incredible amount about the whales and the SJ Islands. The boat was the perfect size to see the whales and ask lots of questions. Loved it all!

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captkenrea, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you Lindsey for the kind words. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your time with us and our whales, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. More 

Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and two teenage girls spent a wonderful day with Captain Carli and First Mate (Bill and Chris, as we quickly learned) in the vicinity of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. The Captain and his mate run an intimate (6 people during our excursion) full-day snorkeling and sailing adventure aboard their gorgeous 37 foot sailboat. We started our tour snorkeling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I came across Captin Carli's Whale Watching online and booked him for a July tour months in advance. Driving with our family of 6 from Minnesota we sere not certain what to expect. We were thrilled with the experience we had from Captain Bill, his boat, the customer service, all of it. Very family friendly environment and we very much... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I booked a trip with Captain Carli's in April. Nine days before our trip I received an email cancelling the trip. There was no explanation as to why the trip was cancelled just a sorry for the inconvenience. Now mind you I already purchased airfare with Kenmore Air Seaplanes to get out there. Nine days is not much notice with... More 

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captainFridayHarbor, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching, responded to this review

Sorry that your trip was cancelled, and yes you did book months early. However as I explained in our telephone conversation, some family issues came up and I had to deal with them. I did book you on another trip with a friend of mine who I often refer people to when I am full or can't do a tour.... More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We booked this trip online so you are never sure what you are going to get but it was a great experience! Captain Carli was prompt, friendly, and knew the islands well. We felt in very good hands. His boat is a smaller one but were glad we had chosen that over the larger boats where people were packed on... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I was able to catch Captain Carli after we got off the ferry. My wife had researched him and saw the great reviews. I knew that I didn't want to be on a large boat. I wanted a more intimate experience for my five year old. Captain Carli obviously had experience with kids. He had a dozen stuffed animals for... More 

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Address: Address: 685 Spring Street Landing, Slip #B8, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Captain Carli's Whale Watch)
Phone Number: +1 360-378-0302
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  San Juan Islands  >  San Juan Island  >  Friday Harbor

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