Great trip with loads of orcas from two of the three resident pods, along with seals, sea-lions, porpoises, a bald eagle and loads of other sea-birds. As with most of these things, though, it’s the crew that make the difference and naturalists Heather and Andrew and Capt. Mike were great. From spotting all the wildlife, to getting us in the right position to see it, to telling us so much about all the things we saw, not just the whales, they made the trip. So much so, that even without the whales it still would have been a good trip.
There’s a huge variety of whale-watch trips to choose from and I would recommend San Juan Safaris anytime. The wildlife isn’t guaranteed, so might as well go with the thing that is guaranteed, which is an extremely knowledgeable, informative and enthusiastic crew. There’s a lot of opinions on here about whether big or small boats are better; this was a big, full, boat but there was plenty room and everyone could get a good view. All the boats are meant to keep the same distance from the whales anyway so no-one should have a real advantage there either and I don’t think any other boats passed us either, so speed didn’t seem to an issue .