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 Safaris prides itself in providing high quality, small group whale watching and wildlife tours. Our philosophy is to observe, but not interfere with, Orca behavior. We operate two fast, well-maintained U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessels. Our greater speed gives us longer ranges and more sightings. No one else sees more whales than us!

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Why San Juan Safaris?

Why San Juan Safaris?

No tour operator sees whales more often than San Juan Safaris – 95% or better. With only 40 or fewer guests aboard, there is plenty of room at the rails or in the windowed cabin for everyone to enjoy viewing the wildlife.

Knowledgeable marine naturalists will inform and entertain you. Our staff is handpicked for both their scientific understanding  and love of wildlife and their respect for the environment. 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 industry’s Whale Watching Guidelines and for respectful wildlife viewing ethics. We have been in the wildlife viewing business for more than 20 years.

We guarantee you will take home life-long memories. 


Why San Juan Island?

Why San Juan Island?

Spring, summer and fall find magnificent orca whales plying the waters of Haro Strait 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.

Friday Harbor and the rest of San Juan Island have a good deal to offer. San Juan Island is known for orca whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking, biking, abundant farms, vineyards and many fine restaurants.

These are just a few reasons to come and stay. Consider spending at least a couple of days. San Juan Island has more than 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 lodging selections.

San Juan Safaris in MSNBC Coverage of San Juan Island Whale Watching

Top 10 Safaris Island: San Juan Islands

"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.

San Juan Island Outfitters


Kayak touring

The San Juan Islands are the best place in the world to view killer whales, and viewing them from a kayak is an experience like none other. Our sister company San Juan Island Outfitters offers multiple sea kayaking tours daily, no experience necessary.

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Our Location


  • 2 Spring Street Landing, Suite 6
  • Friday Harbor WA 98250
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