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Maya's Legacy Whale Watching

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14 Cannery Landing, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7976
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whale watching at it's best!,

An island local recommended this company out of Snug Harbor and we agreed the experience was far... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Judy J
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Carlsbad, California
Orcas, orcas, and more orcas.

We have sailed multiple times with Captain Jim Maya and Jeanne Hyde and now April. Each time we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
apaupstate
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Apalachin, New York
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Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching provides small group whale watching & wildlife tours from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, the best location to experience Orca whales in the wild. We also offer private charter whale watch & wildlife tours for small groups and larger parties. Recreational, engaging and informative, we offer memorable experiences with a passionate crew , custom-built whale watching boats, and small groups of passengers. We offer two convenient departure locations on San Juan Island. Our whale watching & wildlife tours depart year-round from downtown Friday Harbor, next to the ferry landing, and Snug Harbor Resort, on the west side of San Juan Island.
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14 Cannery Landing, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-7976
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Reviewed yesterday

An island local recommended this company out of Snug Harbor and we agreed the experience was far superior to other trips we'd taken out of Friday Harbor. We were extremely fortunate to encounter two pods that had just returned to the Lime Kiln coastline after...More

Thank Judy J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have sailed multiple times with Captain Jim Maya and Jeanne Hyde and now April. Each time we were successful in seeing orcas. When in Friday Harbor and you want a great adventure book with Maya's Legacy Whale Watching. Everyone on board is informative, willing...More

Thank apaupstate
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I took a trip after the resident orcas had left the area. So, finding a pod was no certainty. What I appreciated most was that the captain made finding them his top priority, above frittering away time on birds. We went way...More

Thank Hank E
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Reviewed 2 days ago

In planning our trip to San Juan Island one thing was a must: whale watching. A relative that lives in Friday Harbor highly recommended Maya's Legacy. (She's lived on the island for 35 years and as a local we trusted her judgement.) We're SO glad...More

Thank JSLTraveler
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a day on the water took afternoon trip captain jeff and the crew were very helpful explaining the events we were taking part in they kept us informed on what was happening and where we were headed next did help to have shari tarintino...More

Thank sinbad1955
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Four of us were on this tour together and it was a great experience, even though we did not see Orcas on that day. We did see humpbacks and seals. The crew pointed out interesting landmarks, natural formations, animals and birds. We saw many eagles...More

Thank PAT H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited San Juan Island this past week and went out two times with Maya's Legacy. Two different Captains and crew both times. I can't say enough good things about this company. The trip only books small groups and the naturalists on board along with the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We just got back from the San Juan Islands where we went on a whale watch tour with Maya's out of Friday Harbor. Later in the week we went on a kayak tour, and the leader of that tour said that he knows of some...More

Thank Cindy L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Daven and naturalists April and Mandy did a great job in introducing us to a family of Orcas. Captain Daven figured out where the Orcas were, skillfully outmaneuvered the other boats so we were the first there and April and Mandy told us so...More

Thank Mary Ann K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great company for whale watching. Boat was very nice, with comfortable seats inside (with the ability to sit outside as well). Staff was knowledgeable and accommodating. Some beautiful orcas, seals, otters and puffin!

Thank Ashley S
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hlcpeanut
April 29, 2018|
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Response from Jeff F | Property representative |
Hi. Our tours are all small group tours on smaller vessels and unfortunately we are not able to accommodate animals onboard.
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Siao S
December 7, 2017|
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Response from cdtraveller | Reviewed this property |
There were no waves the day we went out.
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Martha C
June 10, 2017|
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Response from Briana H | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I believe all three do, although I can only speak for the boat we were on, Imagine. This boat had a bathroom as well as a covered cabin with heated seats!
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