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Orca trip: from Friday Harbor or Anacortes?

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Orca trip: from Friday Harbor or Anacortes?

Looking at San Juan Excursions out of Friday Harbor (says 3-4 hours) or Island Adventures out of Anacortes (says 5-6 hours). With the former we'd obviously take the ferry from Anacortes (leave our car in Anacortes). Leaning towards SJE since we'd be on a relatively small boat less time (ferry being quite large), plus we'd get to see Friday Harbor. Any advantage to taking the trip directly from Anacortes, other than not having to deal with the ferry schedule? This would be a day trip out of a Seattle on a Friday in July (the 12th).

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1. Re: Orca trip: from Friday Harbor or Anacortes?

The main reason to take a whale watch tour from Anacortes vs San Juan island is to avoid taking the ferry. As you noted the extra 2 hour time spent on the whale watch boat if you leave from Anacortes as they have to come all the way out here...usually to the west side of San Juan island and into the Gulf islands of BC Canada to encounter orca whales. If you come out to FH on the ferry then of course you get to spend time on the island as well.

You can find out a lot about the islands at the San Juan Visitor Bureau web site: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/ You can find more suggestions for things to do in town at: visitsanjuans.com/the-islands/friday-harbor And here is a calendar of events for San Juan: http://www.sanjuancalendar.com/ . Here is information in detail about how to get to the ferry landing in Anacortes if you have a car (then you can either take your car on the ferry or park it there and walk on the ferry). This also includes info on the ferry ride itself: visitsanjuans.com/getting-here/san-juan-isla… For those who come out here without a car if you come by Sept. 15th you can use the San Juan island shuttle bus http://www.sanjuantransit.com/schedules.html to get around the island

2. Re: Orca trip: from Friday Harbor or Anacortes?

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