We see more orcas than any other tour

The best orca (killer) whale watching is off San Juan Island, approximately mid-April through the beginning of October. San Juan Safaris has 20 years in the whale watching business and is located in the thick of whale watching territory in Friday Harbor just steps from the ferry landing on San Juan Island.

Each trip includes:

  • Professional naturalist on each trip
  • 20 (or fewer) guest-to-guide ratio
  • 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)
  • Bathroom facilities

San Juan Safaris is a founding member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association and the San Juan Island Whale Watch Association. We adhere to all Federal and Association viewing guidelines, and are known for our 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 84 resident orca whales. They are in and about the San Juan Islands traditionally from 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.

What's The Best Time To See Orca Whales?

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.

Our Guarantee

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