Our Adventure Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour is on the M/V Kestrel and is based out of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

The M/V Kestrel is a RIB (ridged inflatable) zodiac style vessel that cruises the waters around San Juan Island at an impressive 35 knots. The Adventure Tour is 3 hours long and gives you the best chances to see all that the San Juans have to offer. Keep cozy and warm while traveling at high speeds in a provided exposure suit. A Marine Naturalist on board will answer any questions and teach you about the local wildlife, ecology, and geology. Experience the thrill and adventure of exploring the waters around San Juan Island at high speeds in search of orcas, eagles, seals, and more!

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MV Kestrel Whale and Wildlife Viewing Vessel
MV Kestrel Whale and Wildlife Viewing Vessel

The Kestrel is San Juan Safaris’ smallest and fastest boat built in 2015. At 34ft, this rigid inflatable style vessel is unlike any other on San Juan Island! The longer length and heavier hull gives a smooth and steady ride, even at high speeds. Kestrel has open air bench seating for up to 28 passengers per the US Coast Guard. To make sure there is plenty of seat space, Kestrel never goes out with more than 22 passengers on a public tour. Guests remain seated on one of the comfortable bench seats while in motion, but a wide aisle way around the entire boat allows you to stand up and move around when viewing whales and wildlife. Kestrel also has the convenience of a restroom on board.

MV Kestrel

The Adventure Tour is ideal for guests 8 years and older seeking a unique experience in the San Juan Islands. M/V Kestrel runs late May through September.

What to bring/wear on the Adventure Tour: Bring along an easy to eat snack and water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat, and camera. Wear closed toed shoes and layers that will fit under the bib and jacket provided by San Juan Safaris.

Important information: While the Adventure Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour is an appropriate tour for many of our guests, it is not suggested for passengers with back or neck injuries, later term pregnant women, or persons who have had recent surgeries. We do invite you to contact us with any questions about your ability to join the Adventure Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour!

Highlights of the Adventure Tour:

  • Almost water level views
  • Smallest vessel in the fleet
  • Fast, safe, and comfortable
  • Provided exposure suits keep you warm and dry
  • Restroom on board
  • 360° walk around viewing deck