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“Great Views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours

San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours
2 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
360-298-0012
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Ranked #9 of 30 Activities in Friday Harbor
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Whales Rock! Enjoy a six-passenger, personalized whale & wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Join Captain Hobbes who grew up on the water in England and has been operating whale watch tours and passenger vessels in the San Juan Islands for 12 years. Come aboard “Natsilane,” named after an Orca Whale legend, a 30’ Albin Fast Express Cruiser, and enjoy a comfortable heated cabin, with indoor and outdoor seating, restroom and snack bar. Don't be a sardine in a can on a big boat -- enjoy an intimate experience in the beautiful San Juan Islands!
Berkeley, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had never been whale watching and the idea of a big boat of people was not attractive: But a small boat of six seemed perfect, and it was. Captain Hobbes is extremely knowledgeable about the area, sea life as well as being an excellent boat captain. When his full attention wasn't needed for steering, he was more than happy to answer questions and engage with everyone on board. All the info in other 5 star reviews lined up to exactly our experience. While the weather wasn't perfect, the trip certainly was. We did an afternoon trip. The boat is comfortable and well maintained. We highly recommend Capt Hobbes and his tours.

Visited August 2012
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Evansville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awesome time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Capt. Hobbs was great. We were fortunate enough to see seals, huge sea lions and a bald eagle. Meanwhile the capt was on the radio finding the location of the orca pods. It took a while, but we eventually spotted approximately 20 whales! He got us as close as he could without breaking any laws.

My kids and I highy recommend Capt Hobbs. No need to take your car on the ferry with you. His boat is right by the landing.

Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Great trip, small boat, knowledgable captain!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

My husband and I wanted to see wildlife (whales, seals, eagles) while we were visiting Friday Harbor and we wanted the experience of a smaller craft. We had the great good fortune to select Captain Hobbes Buchanan. He (as well as many other captains) are plugged into a common communication "network" of radio, texts, phone and will share information about where to see the different wildlife. We were very excited to see several Minke whales, bald eagles, Sea Lions and Seals. Captain Hobbes was calm, expert and very professional. His boat is one of the more personal, smaller craft (seats six perhaps?) but was complete stable, safe and relaxing. We had the added benefit of being the only passengers (some captains might cancel in a case like this; ours didnt!). One other nice point - Captain Hobbes is friendly without being to overbearing, loud or salesy that way some can be - he was quiet at times to allow us to talk and, in an easy way, would interject points of nature, science, local lore. I would definitely take this excursion again!

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great whale watching tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Have been on other whale whatching tours in other areas and have found them to be crowded and unappealing. To our great surprise we found The San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tour with captain hobbes which provided a very unique way of seeing the whales. It was a 6 person tour, on a small boat that allowed us to find the whales in a quick manner. Captain Hobbes was very knowledgable and respectful of the beautiful wildlife around us! Would highly recommend this tour for a great time!!

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Seattle
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“Personal & Friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Capt. Hobbs was very professional, friendly and accommodating. The boat was very nice, clean and comfortable. The Captain found the whales and we were able to watch them for a considerable time and distance while still being very respectful of the whales and keeping our distance from them. I found being on a smaller boat to be a lot more personal, and it was very fast.

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