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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 28 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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San Diego, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the opportunity for another trip on Captain Jim's Westside Whale Watch Charters. We were fortunate to go out with a nice family of four from Houston, a Birder from Bend, Oregon and Jeanne who runs a blog called Whale of a Purpose and is a wealth of information about the whales. We saw many Orca quite quickly and enjoyed... More

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

When my son was young of course I took him to Sea World and other places to see orca whales and we were always in awe of them. In the past few years I have developed a deeper passion of the orcas and wanted to see them in the wild. Last year we booked our vacation to the San Juan... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have been obsessed with Orcas for as long as I can remember. As in my bedroom was covered in them as a little girl. The only experience I had ever had was at Sea World and after seeing Blackfish (ironically while in Orlando and scheduled to go the next day) I decided I would never go back again. It... More

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Townsend, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Perseverance is the name of the game and it took 4 times to finally get the chance to see the Orca's, since unfortunately the Orca's were out in the Pacific when we first arrived.. Captain Maya was trying his best to give us a wonderful experience as he did in viewing other mammals such as the Elephant Seal, Stella Seal,... More

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Nederland, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Captain Jim, thank you for such amazing whale watching opportunities. I feel so blessed to have been able to take two trips out with you this past week and to experience Orca the way they should be experienced. Love your boat, love how you share your knowledge, and LOVE that you gave my teenagers good ribbings...the Orca that you tracked... More

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Austin, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were lucky enough to go on a whale watching trip with Captain Jim and Jeannie in August 2014. We saw more orcas than we could count, as well as humpbacks and a Pacific white sided dolphin who played with our boat, swimming just in front of Captain Jim's beautiful catamaran, the Peregrine. Both Captain Jim and Jeannie are so... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The weather and fog looked dismal but Capt Jim and whale expert, Jeannie, made this "three hour tour" an amazing experience. The whales were out in full force! We followed them cautiously and were able to see over 50 sightings of about dozen whales. We would highly recommend this delightful, knowledgeable and friendly team to you if you want an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Capt. Jim is spectacular, very knowledgeable... We saw Orcas 2 out of the 2 times... Amazing encounters.. I will be back in 2015

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Captain Jim is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about his work. I'm so glad we had the chance to go out and see whales with him again, because I always learn a lot and see some amazing sights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

When my boyfriend and I arrived to meet Captain Jim at Snug Harbor he informed us that there had been no orca sightings. As you can imagine, we were deeply disappointed to receive this news. Captain Jim gave us the option to cancel our tour with him or go on a shorter wildlife excursion. After a brief deliberation, we decided... More

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