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San Juan Safaris

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San Juan Islands, WA, USA
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About San Juan Safaris
The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their natural habitat. For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing. Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from the comfort of our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With four vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you. Our seasoned Captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for whale and wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about orcas and the local area. Choose from two vessel tours: M/V Sea Lion: The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet, comfortable, stable, great for passengers of all ages and mobility levels. Restroom on board, 360* viewing deck, heated inside cabin. Great for families and groups. M/V Kestrel: The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel-- perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion! Fast, safe, and comfortable. 360* viewing deck, all-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry, plus on board marine bathroom. Fun and fast! This tour is great for passengers 8 years and older. Our brand new Whale Watch Headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots on San Juan Island to explore. Visit our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. Don’t forget to stop by our new Ridetide Café for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
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The waters surrounding San Juan Island are full of salmon, the primary food source of orca whales, making it an ideal location for whale watching. With this tour, set out on a boat equipped with a heated cabin and large viewing windows to look for killer whales in their natural habitat. San Juan Island is rich in wildlife, and minke, humpback, and gray whales can also often be seen in the area.
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Reviewed yesterday

We had some great views of orcas on our adventure outing. Captain Pete was very friendly, capable, and safe. All of the staff worked to make sure that we were comfortable and had a positive experience.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

We had the best time! My 5-year-old learned so much and can't stop talking about the orcas we saw. The staff was wonderful. They were so helpful and very knowledgable.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great trip, tour guides where knowledgeable and even though its not a guarantee on the whales we got to see 3. An Orac and 2 Humpbacks along with other wild life in the area. Great Time thank you to our Tour guides.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Billenium1111
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had an amazing time riding with San Juan safaris. Their passion and energy helped make the trip so much more than just watching whales, it was comfortable and exciting. 10/10 staff and 10/10 trip

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Grantcarrillowwu
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out on the 16th. We decided on the faster adventure boat and had the best time!!!! We enjoyed the fast boat because it gave us more time to enjoy the sights in between stops. Our crew was Captain Gabe and Olivia the Naturalist....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Brian M
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Brian! Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy that you had a nice time on Kestrel with Olivia and Captain Gabe, we think they're top notch too. It sounds like to got to see a little bit of everything...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The employees are all very nice. When you book, make sure you pick the trip most comfortable for you. Adventure Whale Watch: you are provided with & wear overalls/thick jacket; restrictive, but needed as it gets really cold on the fast moving vessel & seating...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Kimmey C
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Kimmey! Thank you for your review! We loved getting you out on the water and sharing some wildlife with you! Thank you for highlighting some of the differences between our two departures, we love to help our guests choose the experience that will create...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent adventure through the Salish Sea in successful search for whales. Boat was comfortable and the crew excellent.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank rshlachter
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi rshlachter! Thank you for leaving a review of your experience! We loved being able to share the wildlife of the Salish Sea with you. Come see us again if you're ever back in the area! Brian Goodremont Owner & Operator San Juan Safaris

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Olivia, Alexandria, Erick, and Gabe were phenomenal! They were friendly, knowledgeable, entertaining, and compassionate. We were very fortunate to catch some Bigg's killer whales and had an amazing experience. Highly recommend the tour. We saw Stellar Sea Lions, bald eagle, tons of birds, a seal,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank AmyC7287
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Amy! We are so glad that you had a great time out on the water! Thank you for the compliments on our crew, we will make sure that those words get passed along to them! It sounds like you had an amazing day full...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After we could not make the bear watching with Adventure Quest in Campbell River (BC), we decided to make the San Juan Safari Whale watching from Seattle. It was great decision! First, we took the seaplane from Seattle to Friday Harbour in San Juan. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Hebus
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Hebus! Thank you so much for your kind words! We love partnering with Kenmore Air to offer our Whale Plane package, and we are so excited that you had a great experience. Thank you for joining us out on the water, we hope to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous trip with Captain Pete and Jordan. We saw transient orcas on the Sunday sunset trip. What an amazing experience! We also saw 12 harbor seals resting on the rocks and multiple bald eagles. An added bonus is the amazing scenery. Well worth the the...More

Thank CatherineG1605
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Catherine! Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so glad that you had an amazing experience with all sorts of wildlife out on the water. That sunset trip is one of our staff favorites. Cruising in the San Juan Islands...More

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mariannelouisemac
June 8, 2019|
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Response from MeepMeep114 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It honestly in my opinion depends on the orcas,right time,right location and luck. I know that’s not helpful. The boat captain and the team do speak to others in the area to see where the orcas are that day and on each... More
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September 5, 2018|
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Hello! We work with the Pacific Whale Watch Association for our spotting network and know of any sightings in real time and have the equipment and crew to get you to any whales spotted. As orcas can travel up to 100... More
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