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Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters

210 Madrona Drive, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
360-378-7996
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Ranked #1 of 26 activities in Friday Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Maya's Westside Whale Watching Charters has been in business since 1997 and Captain Jim has been taking folks out to see Orcas on the waters of the... more » Owner description: Maya's Westside Whale Watching Charters has been in business since 1997 and Captain Jim has been taking folks out to see Orcas on the waters of the San Juans since 1988. We are rated Number 1, and have the highest sighting percentage of any whale watching boat in the San Juan Islands. We are the only smaller boat with a naturalist. Our whale watching cruise tour operates out of beautiful Snug Harbor at the end of Mitchell Bay Road. « less
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I would say that this was not only the best day of our vacation, it was also the best value for the cost on the entire trip. I know that we were extremely fortunate in the fact that the orcas were very prevalent the day we were out; we saw an estimated 64! We also got quite an education from... More

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Torquay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went in the search of Orcas with three little kids in tow......though we found eagles the orcas were elusive and we can only imagine the experience it would have been on a lucky day! To Jim's credit he still deserves tour operator of the year for his wonderful narrative, great stories and sense of humour along the way. Thankyou... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went out on the afternoon trip - 3pm. Capt Jim had tried to contact us to arrive earlier because he had to go out an hour to find the whales in the morning. Our cell phone was on 'roaming' as the closest cell was 'Canada' so we didn't get the call. We arrived at 3pm and Jim was really... More

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The first day we went out with Capt. Jim, we were informed that there was a humpback whale in the area and spent about an hour following it, which was actually very exciting even though I was hoping we could see orcas. Capt. Jim was very kind, informative and charismatic. Also, the two women on the tour with us were... More

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had such a wonderful afternoon with Captain Jim and Jeanne. We saw orcas, learned a lot about whales, the islands, salmon, and a few birds too. It was a tremendous experience!

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Going out whale watching on Captain Jim's boat was truly the best day of my life. We went out June 13th 2014,the whole 3 hours was filled with amazing sights of Orca's breaching, spy hopping, tail flapping, everything!! Jim has as much interest in whales as he does people. He seemed genuinely passionate about the whales he shows the world... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had such a great time with Capt Jim the first time we were in Friday Harbor, this time we booked two outings with him. He didn't disappoint!! He is truly the man!! You can't go wrong booking with him. His boat is smaller so you will enjoy a more personal trip. Highly recommend!! I can't wait to go back!!

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Evans, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had a great time whale watching today. Even though the orcas were hiding, Captain Jim found us seals, rare starfish, bald eagles, and a humpback whale. All the while, Captain Jim kept us entertained with the history of the area. Plus with the small tour groups that they do, there was lots of personal service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We really had a blast. Captain Jim and Jeanne were so Nice. We saw the orcas so often that it was unbelievable and so wonderful. Both of them make the trips so interesting and fascinating as you can see their passion when they talk about them. We really recommend as Captain Jim has a small boat and it makes all... More

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

We really had a blast. Captain Jim and Jeanne were so Nice. We saw the orcas so often that it was unbelievable and so wonderful. Both of them make the trips so interesting and fascinating as you can see their passion when they talk about them. We will be back

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