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Orca Whale Watching
Schedule and Prices

Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington, near Seattle

2014 Whale Watch Season
Whale Watching Tours: 3 hours
$89 Adults
$59 Children 2 to 12 years
under 2 years - free
April 5 - 13 Noon (Sat & Sun)
April 19 to June 14 Noon Daily
June 15 to Sept 20 1:30pm Daily
June 6 to Aug 17 5:30pm Daily
Sept 21 to Oct 5 Noon Daily
October 11 & 12 Noon (Sat & Sun)
October 18 & 25 Noon (Saturdays)
Reservations highly recommended
Check in is 30 minutes prior to departure


★Professional naturalist on each trip
★ 20 (or fewer) guest to guide ratio ★Members of a whale spotting service
★ A 90+ % (per trip basis) whale   sighting record!
★ Fast, safe, stable, new vessels
★ Emphasis on the entire ecosystem
★ FREE use of: Binoculars, blankets &   jackets
★ Educational books, materials & maps
★ Hydrophone (hear the whales)
★ Equipped with bathroom
★ Member of the Whale Watch    Operators Association North West
  (aka Pacific Whale Watch Association)
★Member of the San Juan Island Whale   Watch Association
★ Adhere to all Federal and Whale   Watch Operators Association viewing   guidelines
★We enjoy an excellent reputation for   respectful wildlife viewing


San Juans Resident Orca Whales

San Juan Island is where the southern resident killer whales (SRKW) live about 6 months of the year. At this writing there are 87 resident orca whales. They are in and about the San Juan Islands from traditionally mid-April to the beginning of October.


Why Orcas Love San Juan Island

San Juan Island is considered THE BEST place to view orca whales. Salmon, which are their prime source of food (about 95% of what they eat), travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas.

How Lack of Chinook Salmon Affects the Resident Orca Whale Population

Orcas eat salmon, but not just any salmon. They LOVE Chinook salmon. 90% of their diet is Chinook salmon. Click here to see graphs that show the correspondance of orca population to chinook population. Scroll 1/2 way down the page.
Click here to see critical salmon habitat.

Here is a link to how farmed fish in BC are affecting orca whales

What's The Best Time To See Orca Whales

We see orca whales on over 90% of our tours. The best months to see orca whales are: Mid-April through the first part of October.

What is the best time of day to see orca whales? Anytime. Orcas are out and about all day, so morning, afternoon or evening- it doesn't really matter. We say go when it fits your schedule.

Click here to see a map of where orca whales are frequently seen

Our Guarantee

We guarantee that you will see marine mammals and that you will come back with memories to last a lifetime!©

"Guaranteed whales"? Read what it really means - click here

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Why you should tour with us

We keep our guest count small. This gives you, our guest, the opportunity to converse on a one to one basis with your naturalist and captain.

Guests frequently tell us that our whale watching staff is warm, friendly and how informative they are. Our staff is handpicked for both their scientific understanding of wildlife, their love of and dedication to wildlife and their respect for the environment. We also select staff that have an outgoing and warm personality. Our tours and staff are so well loved that a good portion of our business is repeat customers.

We respect not only the legal distance from orca whales, but the polite distance. This allows the orca time for foraging, resting, playing and going about their lives.

All of us at San Juan Safaris pride ourselves on attention to detail and
follow-through.

Ask us about Birding Safaris

Tour Reviews From An Independant Online Agent

Whale Watching By Boat From San Juan Islands (Whale Watching) We saw several pods of Orcas fairly close up, and on the way out we saw several Dahl's Porpoise porpoising. This was after all the purpose of our porpoise cruise. And it was a lovely day, to boot. But the birding was dull.
Reviewed by: Robert H., United States, July 2008

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Eye patch of a resident orca whale - one of the identifying marks photo by Adam UEye patch of a resident orca whale - one of the identifying marks photo by Adam U
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Two orca whales breaching near San Juan Island photo by whale watching guest Dawn Gentry Two orca whales breaching near San Juan Island photo by whale watching guest Dawn Gentry
"Whale Tail" by French Chris as we called him a guest of several tours"Whale Tail" by French Chris as we called him a guest of several tours
Humpback Whale by whale watching guest Herb Hartmann - Humpbacks are not regularly seen in the San Juans but they do come throughHumpback Whale by whale watching guest Herb Hartmann - Humpbacks are not regularly seen in the San Juans but they do come through
Baby Orca doing what is know as a 'spy hop' by whale watching guest Janet HolbaBaby Orca doing what is know as a 'spy hop' by whale watching guest Janet Holba
Orca whale caught in a full breachOrca whale caught in a full breach

Smooth water as a resident orca whale dips back into the water by David Erlich a whale watching guestSmooth water as a resident orca whale dips back into the water by David Erlich a whale watching guest

Two resident orca whales by guest Adam UTwo resident orca whales by guest Adam U

Resident Orca Whale jumps and Venus Mauher clicksResident Orca Whale jumps and Venus Mauher clicks

Solitary and shy a Minke Whale one of about 18 that live in and around the San Juan Islands by a guest from People For Puget Sound charterSolitary and shy a Minke Whale one of about 18 that live in and around the San Juan Islands, rarly seen, by a guest from People For Puget Sound charter
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San Juan Safaris Whale Watching is an active member of these organization

We are proud members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, formerly known as Whale Watch Operaors Association Northwest. Both Colleen & Bill are board members for many yearsPacific Whale Watch Association LogoThis logo assures you that a company is a member in good standing. The "Association" has worked with scientists, NOAA and industry leaders to assist in writing the Whale Watching Guidelines and Best Practices
And San Juan Island Whale Watch Association
San Juan Island Whale Watch Association
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