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“Great fun day, fabulous experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Legacy Charters

Legacy Charters
1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
+1 360-378-3744
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Whether you are looking for a premier whale watch tour, quality family adventure, or a professional private charter, Legacy is here to make it happen. Offering whale watching and private charters for groups of six or less assures the most authentic and personalized charter experience available on San Juan Island. Reserve your adventure today!
Vermont
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Great fun day, fabulous experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Still smiling after an afternoon's excursion, seeing so many orcas off San Juan Island! Nice boat out of Snug Harbor, wonderful people, a fun naturalist who knew all the whales! Captain Justin made the most of a cool, cloudy day - our small group had a fabulous time!

Visited October 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Stellar Sea Lions and excellent whales, dolphins, seals....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Went out once with Capt Spencer, and were sold! Ended up doign 3 trips over a week stay mid September, and Spencer consistently found the wildlife and had us positioned for a truly wonderful experience. The boat is small, holds about 6, so there is plenty of room to move around, and the boat clean and comfortable. Don't think you could find better than Legacy! Agree on other feedback on Rachel as well- great team and excellent trip memories!

Visited September 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Whales and Dolphins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Legacy Charters whale watching cruise proved to be more exciting than we anticipated. We were lucky to see a pod of Orca whales breaching and playing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But a rare sighting of Pacific White Side Dolphins proved to be the highlight of the trip. 4 to 6 dolphins chased our boat swimming just off the bow, jumping the wake and putting on quite an exciting show.

The captain of our boat, Spencer, was very knowledgeable about sea life and graciously answered our many questions. He has spent most of his life in and around the San Juan Islands and his respect for the animals and their habitat is apparent.

When you book a whale/wildlife watching tour you have to make a decision of whether you want to go on a large tour boat (30 people) or a smaller (6 people) tour boat. We chose the smaller water craft. There were 5 adults plus Spencer on our boat. We were able to move about the boat to see the whales and dolphins without having to share our space with a large crowd of people. Our smaller boat gave us the ability to "play " with the dolphins, which would not have been possible on a large boat. Also having Spencer's undivided attention made our trip quite educational and like we were hanging out with a friend.

Legacy Charters also offers guided fishing trips. Next time we visit the San Juan Islands we will definitely plan a fishing/nature viewing trip with them.

Visited September 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“We had a "whale" of a time!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

My first trip to the San Juans would not have been complete without a whale watching charter to view Orcas! Captain Spencer did an awesome job of getting our group out to the whales; they were heading north away from the islands and we went over 35 miles one way to catch up to them. It was definitely worth the ride and an experience I will never forget. I would highly recommend Legacy Charters to anyone looking for a whale watching trip or any other type of water excursion!!

Visited September 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“An unforgettable trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We were fortunate to meet wonderful people and have a great experience on our first trip to the San Juan Islands. We had only August 16 in the islands, but Captain Spencer was a great guide and did everything he could to locate the whales and get us there. We saw all 3 pods, over 30 orca! He provided great info and answered our many questions. We feel fortunate to have gone with him because he takes only small groups even though the boat will carry more folks. We can't say enough good things about Rachel as well. She was such a gem helping us with arrangements and making sure we were able to experience more of the island after the boating trip. We wholeheartedly recommend Captain Spencer and Rachel!

Visited August 2012
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