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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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Sie L wrote a review Apr 14
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My family and I took a tour with San Juan Safaris this past Saturday and had an awesome experience! Booking was easy and they were very helpful with telling us how to use the ferry system. We really enjoyed learning from our knowledgeable tour guide and especially enjoyed seeing all the wildlife. It was simply amazing and we would do it all over again with this company. Thanks for a memorable time!
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Response from Connector32114124036, Manager at San Juan Safaris
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Hi Sie, I'm so glad you had a good time with us and thank you for sharing your experience!
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Lily G wrote a review Apr 5
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I went out on a whale watching tour with San Juan Safaris on April 1st with my mom and sister who were visiting from the East Coast. The moment we walked in to check in, Emily greeted us with pure kindness and joy! She was very helpful and answered all of our questions in regards to the tour. Our naturalist was a young man named Wyatt, who was very knowledgeable and clearly thrilled to be sharing that with the group. Our captain, Peter, was welcoming and got us everywhere we were going very safely. This tour was amazing and we got to experience some really special moments on the Salish Sea. Thank you San Juan Safaris!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Connector32114124036, Manager at San Juan Safaris
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Hi Lily, Thank you for the kind words! We love Wyatt, Peter, and Emily too!
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Allan W wrote a review Sep 2020
Palo Alto, California4 contributions
We took the Kestrel Zodiac tour on September 9 and it was excellent. Both our naturalist (Erick) and our captain (Brian) were very knowledgeable and informative. It was a beautiful day out on the water, with a long trip down through Deception Pass to the Salish Sea. We observed a pod of 5 or 6 Transient Orcas hunt, play and lazily move north. We also were able to see Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals as we made our way back north to Friday Harbor. Erick and Brian were knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and generally lots of fun to be with that day. I would HIGHLY recommend San Juan Safaris and our crew. We'll be back ourselves next time we're in Seattle!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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TBrady wrote a review Sep 2020
Ann Arbor, United States10 contributions11 helpful votes
We have gone on 2 trips with this company and had great fun both times. The first trip was in July with my son. Saw a lot of Minke whales and other marine mammals that trip. The second trip was just my partner and I. The crew went the extra mile, literally, to find a pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales. We were about as far north as we could get without crossing into Canadian waters. (Border closed due to Covid-19). We stayed out for 4.5 hours to get the best experience possible. The naturalists do a great job explaining everything. Saw quite a few Harbor Porpoises on the trip out, too. Was just an excellent experience. Will be back for more rides in the future as I can’t see that this will ever get old for me. As a bonus, this company donates a portion of each ticket price back towards conservation efforts, which I applaud.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Amber Muse wrote a review Sep 2020
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Whale watching has been on our bucket list for years. San Juan Safaris was amazing! The captain was excellent and gave us the best front row Orca show. What a wonderful breathtaking experience!!! We have a three year old and they were able to accommodate for a small child and provide a safe and fun experience. I would recommend San Juan Safaris to everyone!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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