Two unique whale watch & wildlife tour experiences departing from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island
Classic Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour
The M/V Osprey is the newest vessel to our fleet!
Great for families and groups
360° viewing deck & upper viewing deck
Large windowed and heated cabin with galley and booth seating
Two convenient restrooms
Free children under 2
Adventure Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour
The M/V Kestrel is our high-speed adventure vessel that is perfect for anyone looking for an exciting excursion!
Fast, safe, and comfortable
360° viewing deck
All-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry
$145/Person 8 years and up
We are working hard to ensure guest and staff safety in regard to COVID-19. Read more about our updated processes and procedures on our COVID-19 page.
For over 20 years, San Juan Safaris has been offering the highest quality whale watching tours with a focus on our guests’ experience and respectful wildlife viewing.
Experience orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more from our safe, fast, and US Coast Guard approved vessels. With three vessels and multiple daily departure times, there’s sure to be a tour that’s right for you.
Our seasoned captains will keep you safe while aboard our vessels and position the boat in prime locations for wildlife viewing. All of our tours are staffed by experienced captains and passionate marine naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We love to share stories about orcas and the local area and encourage your curiosity with answers to all of your questions.
Our whale watch headquarters is located just feet from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor, and steps from local restaurants and shops. Stop by and say “hello” to learn more about our tours and the best spots to explore on San Juan Island. While at our office you can shop around our retail and gift shop for the latest in northwest guide style. And don’t forget to head next door to our new Riptide Café for coffee, sandwiches, desserts, and more!
Why San Juan Safaris?
For over 20 years, we’ve worked closely with conservation groups, scientists and other whale watch companies to monitor the locations of orca whales. With the help of our fast boats and experienced captains, we can travel further and faster than other tour groups.
The proof is in our results, with over 95% of our tour groups seeing whales, more than any other tour operator.
With San Juan Safaris there’s more to your trip than simply seeing whales. All of our tours are accompanied by a marine naturalist who can answer all of your questions about the wildlife, geography, and natural history of the San Juan Islands, creating a deeper connection to this beautiful place.
We hire only the best and brightest naturalists. Their enthusiasm and passion is truly infectious! They’re part teacher, part environmental advocate, and part entertainer. You’ll learn, laugh, and leave your tour with a smile on your face and lasting memories.
On a San Juan Safaris whale watching tour you can always expect:
- Plenty of viewing room both indoors and out. There's plenty of space along the outdoor rails and in the heated, windowed cabin for everyone.
- Bathrooms on board every boat, life jackets for little ones, and extra blankets for especially chilly days. There's even a galley, with food and beverages, on board M/V Osprey!
- The utmost respect for the wildlife we see and the local ecosystem. We believe in observing but not interfering with orca whales.
We’re committed to ensuring that the San Juan Islands remain the #1 place to see orca whales.
Why San Juan Island?
There’s nowhere else in the world quite like the San Juan Islands. Located just a few hours from downtown Seattle by car and ferry (or an even shorter plane ride), the San Juan Islands are home to a thriving population of majestic orca whales.
Orca whales live, play, and raise their young in the waters of the Haro Strait near San Juan Island, Washington. In the spring, summer, and fall they ply the calm, cold, clear waters of the San Juan Islands, following the schools of Pacific salmon that are returning to the rivers where they were born. From mid-April until the beginning of October there’s just no better place to see orca whales than the San Juan Islands.
In addition to whale watching, there’s plenty to do in Friday Harbor and the rest of the San Juan Islands, including sea kayaking, hiking, and biking. You’ll also find plenty of local farms, vineyards, and local farm-to-table restaurants to visit!
When visiting the San Juan Islands, make sure you:
- Stay at one of over 50 wonderful hotels and bed and breakfasts
- Visit Lopez Island or Orcas Island for a fun day trip!
- Enjoy delicious locally caught halibut, salmon, rockfish and crab at one of the many local restaurants.
Ask us how we can help you plan a trip you’ll never forget!
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.
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.