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!
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
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
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 Contact us via email:
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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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