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Review of San Juan Safaris

San Juan Safaris
Ranked #5 of 56 Tours in San Juan Islands
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their natural habitat. For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experiences and respectful wildlife viewing. Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from the comfort of our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With four vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you. Our seasoned Captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for whale and wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about orcas and the local area. Choose from two vessel tours: M/V Sea Lion: The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet, comfortable, stable, great for passengers of all ages and mobility levels. Restroom on board, 360* viewing deck, heated inside cabin. Great for families and groups. M/V Kestrel: The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel-- perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion! Fast, safe, and comfortable. 360* viewing deck, all-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry, plus on board marine bathroom. Fun and fast! This tour is great for passengers 8 years and older. Our brand new Whale Watch Headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots on San Juan Island to explore. Visit our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. Don’t forget to stop by our new Ridetide Café for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

You can stand on the Shore line and that's an Ok way to spend your day. Gliding across the blue green swells viewing all the wonder nature has to offer will assure you and your family a Day to reflect and dream about for years to come. San Juan Safaris offers professional, well planned exploration tours. Captain Mike and The Naturalists are Welcoming and illustratively knowledgeable at the ready to explain detailed information about Marine wild life with attention given to the way they are connected to Our world today. I was especially impressed with the education concerning endangered species. The vessel is clean and well maintained taking into consideration the needs of their Passengers providing blankets and slickers to insure viewing comfort. Our Family will be returning to Friday Harbor in the coming weeks to stay a few more nights because of Our wonderful experience with San Juan Safaris.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

It was an amazing experience. We got to see eagles, sea lion, seals, of course orcas and many more. Totally worth the 3 hour excursion. They also provide you binoculars. You get ample time to click photos as well.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We went out on a midday tour and had a wonderful time. True, orcas were a little thin on the ground this day, but we saw several members of both the resident L-Pod and some itinerant orcas as well. Captain Mike and his crew of two naturalists did a fine job of finding and staying with the beasts for as much as possible. We had perfect weather, clear, warm, and very calm water. The boat used is much smaller that several of the other companies boats and so the fewer number of passengers was actually an advantage. There were binoculars provided and blankets available for those who needed them. Come prepared and dressed for the weather which is highly variable in the area. Reasonably priced, we feel.

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