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San Juan Safaris

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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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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10 Front St Ste 102, WA 98250-7976
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In short, the experience I had with the San Juan Safaris team was wonderful. The naturalists on board, Sarah and Erick, were so knowledgable and I appreciated how respectful they were of all the wildlife we saw. On our cruise we saw bald eagles, seals,...More

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

Thank you so much for joining us out on the water! We loved sharing this ecosystem with you, and thank you a for acknowledging that we advocate on behalf of the entire ecosystem! We think that Sarah and Erick are pretty great and we're so...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came to the islands for a long weekend and booked a classic whale-watching expedition with these guys. From the moment we hit the confirm button, everything was so smooth, so customer-service oriented, so lovely. I got a call within a few...More

1  Thank watchingbirds
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow it sounds like you had the perfect island day! We loved sharing all of the wildlife of the Salish Sea with you, and we are so happy that you had a great time! Thanks for coming to see us out here on San Juan...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having limited time in the NW i am trying to get the most bang for my buck. Concerned about booking this because of the time of year i was proven wrong. Yay! You will have biologists on board that know the area like the back...More

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

Gosh, doesn't that orca-related-grin just warm the heart?! We are so happy you had a magical day out on the water spent with orcas, and what a once in a life time experience to have a whale get close to the boat. We never try...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I went on a whale watching cruise on March 23. Not only did a pod of orcas appear, but we saw sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, and bald eagles. What a wonderful day! The crew, Sarah and Erick and our captain Mike...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SilverSister48
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for joining us on the water, we loved sharing the magic of the Salish Sea with you! So glad that you enjoyed your time with our crew and so happy we were able to share the wildlife of our region with...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks for the great experience,we saw amazing orca family, just be patient, the best is yet to come!

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

Thanks for joining us, glad you had a great time!

Reviewed February 26, 2019

My wife and I went for a whale watching cruise on 2/23/19. The 55 foot boat was wonderful. Our Captain, Mike, and our tour guide naturalist, Eric, did a great job! We felt very welcome during our arrival, well cared for during our cruise, and...More

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

So glad that you had a great time out on the water! It sounds like you had quite the amazing tour.... We love going the extra mile for our guests and so happy that it payed off for you on February 23rd! Come see us...More

Reviewed November 26, 2018

This was such a magical experience. We went off season, so we were worried we would not find any whales. However, the captain and the guide were committed to finding some whales and went above and beyond. It is always a great experience when you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2018

Thank you for your kind words, Jessica! I'll pass on your praise to your crew. Whenever possible, we strive to go above and beyond to show our guests whales in the Salish Sea. Thank you for acknowledging our hard work. Naturalist Sarah really is incredible...as...More

Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

We spent our last full day of our honeymoon in the PNW with San Juan Safaris and they did not disappoint! We know no one can control the whales and whether we see them or not so we just kind of didn’t think we would...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brittany B
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2018

Thank you for your kind words, Brittany. At the heart of what we do is strive to provide a safe, respectful, and educational wildlife viewing experience. Thank you for letting us know we succeeded in our goals. Congratulations again to you and your new husband,...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018

From the moment I booked the trip to returning to the dock, it was a wonderful experience. Alexandria, our Naturalist was very professional and really knowledgeable. It was late in the season to go whale watching, but we got lucky and got to view some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Many thanks for your kind words, Cindy! Glad to hear that we made your visiting family's experience in the Northwest extra special. Naturalists Alexandria truly is a gem, and we are lucky to have her on staff. We'll pass on your kudos to both Alexandria...More

Reviewed October 22, 2018

We were very grateful for the crew extending the tour to allow us to go out further and see a rare pod of killer whales. Our 10 and 7 year old children and us were so thrilled to see these majestic creatures in the Ocean!More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Whenever possible, we always go the extra mile! Thank you for taking a moment to share your kind words, Nathan. Glad to hear that your kiddos had a great experience. We strive to provide a family friendly wildlife viewing excursion for all passengers, regardless of...More

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aaronc451
September 5, 2018|
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Char030588
April 6, 2016|
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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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Josiec206
April 5, 2015|
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Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! Peak season for orca sighting is the summer months typically from June through September. That being said there are orcas in our waters year round and lots of other wildlife too! We work with a wonderful spotting... More
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