San Juan Island Whale Watching Tours
Orca Whale Watching Season 2015: March - November
|The best Orca (killer) whale watching is off San Juan Island. San Juan Safaris is located in Friday Harbor just steps from the ferry landing on San Juan Island.
San Juan Whale Watching
Private Whale Watching Charters
San Juan Island Kayak Tours
Why San Juan Safaris?
No tour operator sees whales more often than San Juan Safaris - 90% or better.
Our whale watching boat Sea Lion is 55 foot, new and fast.
With only 40 or fewer guests aboard, there is plenty of room at the rails or in the windowed cabin for everyone to view whales and wildlife.
Knowledgeable marine naturalists will inform and amuse you. Our crew loves their work and it shows. Guests tell us that the staff is attentive, warm and friendly.
San Juan Safaris is proud of its reputation for strictly adhering to the 'Whale Watching Guidelines' and for respectful wildlife viewing ethics. The owner has been in the wildlife viewing business for over forty years!
Read a recent article about owner Bill Wright and his background
San Juan Whale Watching and Wildlife.
We guarantee that you will take home life-long memories. ©
Why San Juan Island?
San Juan Islands Top 10 Safaris Island
Best for: Orca whale watching, porpoises, seals, minke whales, and bald eagles.
Washington State's San Juan Islands, celebrated for the spectacular wildlife-viewing opportunities they afford. Visitors here from mid-April through mid-October can ogle majestic pods of orca whales as they prowl the ocean for marine food sources.
On land, the opportunities can be equally dazzling, with coastal congregations of seals and sea lions, as well as tranquil protected wetlands that are home to a plethora of waterfowl and sea birds.
When to Go: May through September are the best months for wildlife viewing, particularly for the star attraction: pods of orca whales."
Spring, summer and fall find magnificent orca whales plying the waters of Haro Straight off near San Juan Island, Washington. These whales are focused on finding the Pacific runs of salmon that traditionally move through these waters, mid-April to the first part of October. For more information about
San Juan Island click here.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island has a good deal to offer
San Juan Island is known for orca whale watching
, sea kayaking, hiking, biking, mopeding, history, a vineyard, museums, a lavender farm, an alpaca farm, a farmers market and many fine restaurants.
There are many activities on San Juan Island.
These are just a few reasons to come and stay.
Consider spending at least a couple of days.
San Juan Island has over 50 lodging facilities. You may also wish to visit Lopez Island
and Orcas Island
as a day trip from San Juan Island. We can assist you with
Friday Harbor Whale Watching click here
Half the fun is getting here
The ferry route has been designated a "Scenic Byway". The ferry ride to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island is about one hour in duration. The islands' shorelines and views Mt. Baker are breathtaking. For information about using the ferry click here
Contact us about
Whale Watching San Juan Island
Have a question? Talk to a human! Our office is open 10 - 4 in the winter and 8 - 8 PT in the summer.
800-450-6858 or 360-378-1323
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Breaching Orca - photo contest winner Ernie Westle of Canada,
taken near San Juan Island
Our whale watching boat MV Sea Lion-
55 foot, new and fast with walk around deck and bathroom
2007 Orca Photo Contest Winner David Erlich
Orca Breaching by Dennis Anderson
2008 Photo contest winner
I took my high school biology class out with you a couple of weeks ago
and had a fantastic time. The kids couldn't say enough about the
trip--the boat, the naturalists, and mostly the whales were really
great. Thanks! I wasn't sure where to send photos for your contest
(this is the only email that I found on the web site) so I've attached
them here. I had never seen breaching before (this is probably my
sixth or seventh trip), so when they did it over and over, I was
amazed. I hope it's OK to send fairly large photos. If you want the
whole series, I have six or seven in a row of a couple of different
Here are the photos, and thanks again for a great trip.
definitely use you guys again!
Families and Whale Watching - a perfect outing
Patty Quales and her husband sent this in for the 2010 Photo Contest. They are the winners for 'wildlife'.
This was taken on the southern end of San Juan Island of Stellar Sea Lions hauled out.
Note the lighthouse in the background.
Janet Holba 2010 photo contest winner in the whale category from June
We are proud members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, formerly known as Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest.
The "Association" has worked with scientists, NOAA and industry leaders to assist in writing the Whale Watching Guidelines and Best Practices
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Friday Harbor, WA, USA
Whale Watch Tours
| Whale Watch Charters
| Whale Watch Flight Package
Departing from 2 Spring Street Landing, Friday Harbor
San Juan Island, Washington
800-450-6858 or 360-378-1323
Mail to: PO Box 365 Friday Harbor WA 98250
Thank you for visiting!
Whale Watching Departure Times & Prices From Friday Harbor San Juan Island
Orca Whale Watching/Wildlife/Birding Tours Departing From Friday Harbor San Juan Island, Washington
What To Bring When You Go Whale Watching in the San Juan
A handy list so you can be prepared to have a great tour.
FAQ's About Whale Watching on San Juan Island, Washington
Answers to frequently asked questions about whale watching and wildlife tours.
Meet Your Whale Watching San Juan Safaris Staff
Learn more about our whale watching and kayak guides.
What Else You May See While Whale Watching around the San Juan Islands, Washington
List of birds and other wildlife that may be seen while whale watching
Learn more about out vessels
Our Whale Watching Boats in Friday Harbor & Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington
Our Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing Philosophy
Respectful interaction with wildlife, laced with Serious Fun.
Meet the Owners of San Juan Safaris, San Juan Island, Washington
We love what we do and want to share our knowledge with others.
Schedule of All Whale Watching Tours on San Juan Island, Washington
See our current whale watching tour schedules with prices.
Getting Here to The San Juan Islands in Washington State
Transportation options including Washington State ferry and private air charter.
About The San Juan Islands, Washington, An Insiders Opinion
What To Know When Coming To San Juan Island
Lodging- San Juan Island, Washington
Bed & Breakfasts on San Juan Island, Washington
Stay in a friendly B&B - options range from a working ranch to elegant Victorian homes.
Camping On San Juan Island, Washington
RV sites, cabins and campgrounds.
Hotels On San Juan Island, Washington
Hotels on San Juan Island.
Resorts On San Juan Island, Washington
Resorts, condominiums and cabins on San Juan Island.
Vacation Rentals on San Juan Island, Washington
Homes, cabins and suites for rent,
San Juan Island Activities in Washington State
Art galleries, parks and recreational activities.
San Juan Water Taxi in Washington State
Water Taxi service from Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor to Lopez Island, Orcas Island, Stuart Island, Shaw Island, Canada, to Anacortes and other outer islands in the San Juans
Our policy regarding whale watching tour reservations that need to be cancelled.
Whale Watching Gift Certificates
Give a life-time memory. Not just more stuff!
Wildlife Viewing Guidelines
Guidelines developed with the help of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Whale Watching Employment With San Juan Safaris located on San Juan Island, Watching ton, near Seattle
Summer jobs in the eco-tourism industry.
Hotels in Seattle, WA