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“Humpback Whales” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters

Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters
210 Madrona Drive, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
360-378-7996
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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.
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Nederland, Colorado
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“Humpback Whales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is my second and third time with Maya Westside Whale Watch Charters and Capt. Jim, and once again I was not disappointed. I brought my grand daughter with me on this trip. On our first day out we saw 4 Humpback Whales and on the second day we saw a Humpback Whale, along with also seeing harbor seals, bald eagles, and a peregrine falcon on both days. As always Capt Jim is very friendly and knowledgable and tells us all about the whales, the history of the islands, and all of the wildlife that we see. It was rainy the two days we went out, but you stay nice and dry in Captain Jim's boat. Go, you won't be disappointed.

Visited May 2013
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captainjim71, Owner at Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind review! As you know, I would have give anything to be able to find Orcas while you were on the island! I owe you. Thanks again...Capt. Jim
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“great whale watching tripo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Trip taken on May 28, 2013: When Jim signed us up for a 4:30 pm trip, I was a bit uncertain. But as we were waiting at Snug Harbor, we were told that several research boats were heading out which generally meant whales! And did we ever see whales!! Jim was in constant communication with other boats, including one of the research vessels, and quickly was able to take us to view members of J pod. We saw an amazing variety of behaviors and a number of whales. Jim's boat is perfect- extremely smooth ride, has both inside and outside seating and seating in the front for better viewing. Jim is very knowledgeable and entertaining! After we had viewed whales for quite a while, he gave our group the option of continued whale watching or seeing other marine creatures; of course, we all wanted to continue watching the amazing whales. Jim also took pictures during our trip (with a very fancy camera) and sent us all some of his great shots. Snug Harbor seems to be an ideal departure location. All-in-all, a perfect trip! I cannot recommend Maya's highly enough!

Visited May 2013
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captainjim71, Owner at Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thanks so much for your kind words. We so appreciate you taking the time to write a review. They are really important to us. We love the feedback and if we can ever do anything at this end, please let us know. It was a wonderful day. Capt. Jim and Jeanne
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Grand Rapids MI
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“Surrounded by Orcas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Captain Jim and Jeannie are passionate about orcas which means their clients are rewarded with lots of orca sightings. We spent 3 hours seeing and hearing many many different orcas including a pair of rowdy young males. We heard them breath and talk. Lots of activity including breeches, fin flapping, tail slapping and vertical movement. Jim provided us binoculars, blankets and lots of explanation and viewing opportunities.

Visited June 2013
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Maple Valley, WA
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“Greatest day whale watching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Captain Jim is the best. You will see whales, if there are any at all around. And when you do, they will be the best experience ever! The small group is great and very personal. He will do whatever he has to do to find the whales and take you to them. We went all the way to Victoria, BC and whales we did see. 27 in all! Awesome. Can't be beat.

Visited May 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

I went out today with Jim and it was so amazing I can hardly believe it really happened! Jim has a small fast boat so he can get you quickly to the whales. There's no struggle to get a good view of the action which you can get on larger whale watching trips, Jim lines the boat up so everyone has a good view and with the tour group size kept small everyone gets to position themselves wherever they prefer on the boat. You can move around the boat and sit on the front dangling your feet over the water or inside where it's warm. A lady in a shop here recommended this as the best trip to take from San Juan Island and I'm glad I got the recommendation from a local as it was a perfect trip. We saw so many whales it was hard to keep up and they were leaping out of the water, spy hopping and generally just being an amazing sight to behold. You can probably tell from this that I was blown away by the tour!

Visited May 2013
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