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Maya's Legacy Whale Watching

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Address: 1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, Snug Harbor Marina and Resort, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8507
Phone Number: +1 360-378-7996

Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching provides small group whale watch &...

Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching provides small group whale watch & wildlife tours from the best location to experience orca whales in the wild. Recreational, engaging and informative, we offer memorable experiences with a passionate crew, the most innovative boats, departing from the heart of it all, the west side of San Juan Island.

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Better than we ever expected!

Maya's was recommended to us by the owner of the condo we rented for 4 days in Friday Harbor. Captain Spencer and naturalist Jim were outstanding tour guides, and obviously... read more

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Maya's was recommended to us by the owner of the condo we rented for 4 days in Friday Harbor. Captain Spencer and naturalist Jim were outstanding tour guides, and obviously passionate about their work. They have an amazingly fast and very comfortable boat that seats 12, and we were happy to be on it after seeing most of the vessels... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When looking for a whale watching trip in the SJI we came across all the great reviews for this company and quickly learned that it was the right company for our adventure oriented family. We met our guide and captain at snug harbor and they let us know that we were hopefully going to see whales but nothing was certain... More 

Thank MikeBar2013
Eastham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was our first time to the San Juan Islands and we made plans to celebrate my husband's b'day by going on a whale watch. We made our decision on the company by selecting the boat in the harbor. It was the perfect choice for us. Jeff and Spencer were the best! So knowledgeable, friendly, and it was obvious they... More 

Thank BJA61
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From planning our day with Maya's Legacy to our time on the boat, we could have asked for no better customer service experience than we had with this company. Rachel and her mother went above and beyond, walking us through everything from ferry schedules to dining suggestions while we were in the early planning stages for a Mother/Daughter, Pacific Northwest... More 

Thank fivemartins
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family had a wonderful experience last weekend with Captain Jim Maya and oceanographer Rachel. We learned about the whales and waters around SJI and hung out with members of the K family of Orcas for a couple of hours. Lots of great playful activity and hunting, and great stories from Jim. We can't recommend them highly enough. Don't miss... More 

Thank jquillan
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Four of us went on a naturalist tour of San Juan island primarily to view Orcas on August 24. It was a great time! Jeff the naturalist was great. Very informative. Spencer the captain was also great and both were super nice. Their new boat was very comfortable, stable, and fast! We saw many resident orcas including members of J... More 

Thank baustinmd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great trip and testimony you get what you pay for. Saw many Orcas and other wild life. Watching sea lion decimate a skate was amazing. Ride to and from watch area fast and comfortable. Learned a lot .

Thank eddisy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WOW! Our family of 4 took a sea plane from Seattle to Friday Harbor in August (Kenmore Air-also highly recommend) for a day trip that was centered around our tour with Maya's Legacy. Our day was simply amazing (a "pinch me" kind of day), largely due to our experience with Maya's Legacy. Captains and naturalists Spencer and Jeff were extremely... More 

Thank Kelly F
Deerfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Owners Spencer and Jeff were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about whales and the environment in general, it would be hard for anyone to not enjoy an afternoon on their tour. In the course of our tour we saw not only numerous orcas, but learned so much about the orcas, their family structures, their eating habits, even their names!! We also... More 

Thank Lauren G
Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We set off at 5 pm on a warm August evening from Snug Harbor Resort (where we were staying). Within 20 minutes we were seeing Orcas from 200 yards away. The Marine Biologist was very informative and the captain was on his radio talking to other operators for whale sittings. We came across a pod of 12 whales! The boat... More 

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