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Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours

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The Most Loved Cetaceans of the World, Friday Harbor WA 'An Intimate and Personal Experience with your captain and the whales' 6 Passenger Limit! Observing whales in the 'WILD' in their 'Natural Environment' is one of our greatest passions and after...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My parents and I called Captain Ken spur of the moment while on a trip to Friday Harbor, in hopes he had an opening for a tour. Captain Ken went out of his way to accommodate my family that day. We had a wonderful experience!...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank amyelizabeth05
KenR1923, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Amy loved having you and your parents onboard. As we near summer we will be seeing more Humpback whales and Tufted Puffins too. Love to see you all again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ken picked us up at Orcas Island for a 3 hour tour...WOW, he certainly went out his way - way out of his way :-) - to make this trip special. He took us all the way down to Port Townsend as that was where...More

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Date of experience: April 2019
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KenR1923, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for allowing me to share our wonderful Salish Sea with you. It was certainly a long trip. We never know where the whales will be the next day. Yesterday a pod was just outside the harbor.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I planned our trip to the San Juan Islands for our one year anniversary. I had always wanted to see Killer Whales in the wild and we thought this would be a great way to celebrate. We scheduled a whale watching tour...More

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Date of experience: March 2019
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KenR1923, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Congratulations on your anniversary and for your kind words. Loved sharing with you.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ken was able to organize a group of 4 at the last minute to take a tour in February, not exactly prime season, but he did it and I am forever grateful. He is so knowledgeable about the wildlife and area and we had the...More

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Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best thing that I have ever done! Ken was so knowledgeable about the orcas and was able to answer all my questions- I had a lot as I'm so fascinated by these amazing, spiritual creatures. His boat was great and the small...More

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Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

A must do trip if you love everything Ocean. The boat is modern and enclosed below deck and the upper observation deck is fab. The information onboard was really good they had a marine specialist so we were well informed.. we saw so many whales,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids - 10 & 8) had only one full day at the end of December to come an explore San Juan Island. We were aware that this is WAY outside of a normal tourist season and there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Natalia M
KenR1923, Owner at Spirit of Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Natalia, Thank You for the kind words and I very much look forward to seeing you all again. Happy New Year.

Reviewed December 13, 2018

If I could give Captain Ken and our experience more than 5 stars, I would! This was our first time on a whale watch, so I wanted a small personal experience. Captain Ken and his boat met and exceeded our expectations. A few minutes after...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

We purposely looked for a smaller sized boat with fewer people and a Captain who was knowledgeable and appropriately respectful to the wildlife. Captain Ken offers all that and more. While the trip will only take 6 people to start with, we were fortunate to...More

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Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

As we were the only boat out of Friday Harbour in November it took some resources and skill to be able to find cetaceans. Our captain had all of those, combined with the very calm and sunny weather made it a very memorable day,

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Date of experience: November 2018
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Teresa W
August 21, 2017|
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Response from captkenrea | Property representative |
No limit. I have infant, child, and youth life preservers.
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billjudyknapp
December 20, 2016|
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Response from LDRSOO | Property representative |
The cost for a tour is $115.00 plus tax ($9.54) and a $2.00 conservation fee. Total is $126.54 per person for a three hour tour.
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Diane R
July 18, 2015|
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Response from Anna W | Reviewed this property |
I read that the peak whale watching time in the San Juans is from May through September.
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