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Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters

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Address: 210 Madrona Drive, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Phone Number: +1 360-378-7996
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Description: Maya's Westside Whale Watching Charters has been in business since 1997...
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.
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Dream come true!

Thanks to captain Jim and Jeannie, our 10 yr anniversary was so incredible! We were so thankful that we were able to see an entire pod of these heavenly orcas and even saw a bald... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Thanks to captain Jim and Jeannie, our 10 yr anniversary was so incredible! We were so thankful that we were able to see an entire pod of these heavenly orcas and even saw a bald eagle eating his dinner getting off the boat ! The boat tour was very personalized and informative! I highly recommend this tour! We will definitely... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Seeing whales has always been at the top of my bucket list and after only 30 minutes we found the pod. I actually cried I was so happy. Jeff and Jeanne were fantastic. I think they were almost as excited and happy as we were. The small boat (only 6 guests) was great. The only regret is that my husband... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Thanks to Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters I am able to check off a bucket list item! What a beautiful experience they gave my friends and myself! This will be a memory no one will ever forget and I'm very happy that Captian Jim is apart of it!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Went on tour this morning. The whales were located way north. It didn't matter to Captain Jim and Jeff. We spotted young Bal Eagles, sunning seals and the J pod of Orca's feeding on salmon. A maximum of 6 people on the boats makes it a more intimate setting. Jim is full of information and funny. Would do this tour... More 

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St Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We had a terrific whale watching trip with Jim Maya. He knew just where to go to see quite a few Orcas, some of which came very close to our boat and even dove under our boat at one point. The naturalist onboard gave us very thorough and interesting educational information about the whales and could identify each of them... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Captain Spencer took my friends and me on the trip of a lifetime! Within no time at all we were with a humpback whale. She turned direction and came straight to our boat. She mugged our boat for over an hour! She would breach and come back to our boat for praise and attention. She rolled over, waved, and flapped... More 

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Ellensburg, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Captain Jim is the best!! We went out for an afternoon, and had a spectacular experience with him on the Peregrine (his boat). The five of us were able to see and hear all the dialog from Capt. Jim and his naturalist. Just a great day watching the itinerant Orca pod.

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful whale watching experience. The small group on the boat made it great. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon with Captain Jim. His knowledge of the ocean life and the islands is superb. Never a dull moment on the boat:) I want to thank Rachel who set us up on the whale watching tour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

My family of 6, all adults, had the best experience with Captain Spencer and naturalist Heather on our trip. We all really liked the small private charter as we could ask all the questions we wanted about the wild life and area and with their extensive knowledge felt like we learned a lot. With only 8 people total on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Captain Stewart did an awesome job of locating the Humpback whale. The Orcas had disappeared the last couple of days, but loved seeing the big humpback. Also saw the huge sea lions, seals, eagles etc. Learned a lot of great history, and information about the islands. He was a fantastic and entertaining, informational host for the trip!! Will book again... More 

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