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Spirit of Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours

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Address: Spring Street Landing, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250 (Formerly Captain Carli's Whale Watch)
Phone Number: +1 360-378-0302
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very...

An Intimate Small Boat Experience With A Six Passenger Max Limit for a very personal experience.

Whale Watching is our passion! Your goal is to see whales and our goal is to show them to you.

Captain Ken has been a professional mariner for 37 years serving as captain mainly on ocean tugs on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He has worked small cruise ships in SE Alaska and Inside Passage and Excursion vessels on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Astoria, OR to Lewiston, ID.

 

Ken has had opportunity to see whale behavior as well as many other marine life on the Pacific Ocean from Kodiak Alaska all the way down to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and on the Atlantic Ocean. He has seen Humpback Whales “bubble net feeding” in Alaska and scratched the heads of curious Gray Whale calves in Mexico

 

One of Ken’s greatest passions is to share his experience with others and now he is able to do just that by taking you out to meet the whales in their natural environment. He is a certified Naturalist and loves to share what he has learned, with you on the tour.

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Orca's, Orca's, Orca's.....

Such an enjoyable trip with Captain Ken. His knowledge and small group make the tour a must for everybody that wants a personal experience with someone that truly enjoys his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Jerry C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Such an enjoyable trip with Captain Ken. His knowledge and small group make the tour a must for everybody that wants a personal experience with someone that truly enjoys his work. Oops.... Not his work, his passion and enjoyment. He identifies the Orca's and finds the ones he talks about. Ken truly cares about what he is doing and gives... More 

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Thank you Jerry, We look forward to your next visit. Bring the grandkids and give them a lifetime memory. More 

Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Captain Ken was absolutely outstanding! We took 3 whale watch yours all with small amounts of people and found Spirit of the Orca to shine the brightest! It was Ken being so personable, knowledgable, hospitable and safe. While this is most likely his typical customer service we truly felt he went above and beyond to make our trip with him... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I highly recommend Spirit of Orca and Captain Ken. The boat is small which allows for a more intimate experience. It is fast too! We saw Orca whales, a Minke whale, sea lions, seals, and eagles. Captain Ken makes sure you see everything you can. He is an amazing photographer, so no need to bring your own camera. He emailed... More 

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Riverwoods, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you desire a more personal encounter with wildlife and don't want to share it with hoards of people, I recommend Captain Ken's Spirit of Orca . Captain Ken was super accommodating about what the six of us wanted to see and was very knowledgeable about the Orca pods in the San Juan Islands. Additionally, he made good recommendations about... More 

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Belfair, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had an amazing tour! Captain Ken was very friendly and knowledgeable. This was our first whale watching trip and The Spirit of Orca was recommended by a friend. We enjoyed the smaller more personal experience with only 6 of us onboard. We saw humpbacks and Orcas and it was truly incredible.

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Myakka City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ken was a great captain, we went out at 11:00, weather was nice. I highly recommend his small tour over a big boat, there were 6 of us. Ken took us to see seals, eagles, killer whales and humpback whales. It was a dream trip for me, absolutely outstanding!!

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Damascus.ore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.We saw several pods of orca.The caption went out of his way to make sure that we were able to see whale.He even sent me pictures of the whales we saw,but also whales he had seen on other trips.The boat was small and it was nice to have only five of us on board.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing day with a very knowledgeable and capable captain. We saw 10 Transient orcas in three different pods. Ken knew exactly where to go and got us there safely and quickly. Our adult children had never had an experience like this and 3 days later they still cannot stop talking about how wonderful and personal it was.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take a smaller boat over the larger tour boats based on the reviews on trip advisor and a preference for smaller groups. There were two of us, another couple and the Captain Ken. Captain Ken wasted no time in finding orcas! We followed a pod of transient orcas for maybe two hours. This was our first time... More 

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spirit of Orca delivers! Captain Ken knew exactly where the whales were, and we got there fast! I'm so glad we chose his boat over any others. He only takes out 6 people at a time, and my group of friends was 5 people, so we had the boat to ourselves. It was nice to get out there in a... More 

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