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San Juan Safaris

Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours

The waters surrounding San Juan Island, located near Seattle are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales!  San Juan Safaris offers 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.  Tours are staffed by seasoned Captains and passionate Marine Naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea.

The 55ft M/V Sea Lion, our flash ship vessel, has a heated inside cabin, wrap around viewing deck, ample seating inside and out and a comfortable restroom on board. For extra excitement, ride on the M/V Kestrel, our new high adventure Zodiac style vessel.  Suits are provided that ensure you keep warm and dry on this open air adventure vessel.

There are two easy and scenic ways to arrive to San Juan Island from Seattle: by car and ferry or by plane!  Drive north to the town of Anacortes, WA to hop on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor where our vessel is located.  For added adventure, opt for the Whale Plane Package which includes roundtrip air with Kenmore Air and a San Juan Safaris’ Tour.  The flight lasts 45 minutes and offers incredible views of cities, mountains, and islands! Visit San Juan for the day or stay the night at one of the many local accommodations.

San Juan Safaris also leads high quality Guided Sea Kayak Tours that give guests a chance to view eagles, seals, sea stars, and more! Kayak tours can also be paired with flight packages and are a great compliment to our motor vessel tours.  Ask about multi tour discounts!

Join us for a Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour or Guided Sea Kayak Tour for the trip of a lifetime!

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10 Front St. Suite 102
Friday Harbor, WA



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