Take home life-long memories with our whale-watching tours from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

An easy day trip from Seattle, San Juan Safaris is San Juan Island’s premier group activities provider. We offer custom private tour experiences for groups of 1 to 100 participants, focusing on seamless service, complimentary itinerary planning, and personalized attention to detail.

Known as one of the top tour providers in the Pacific Northwest, our clients include Roche Harbor Resort Brides & Grooms, corporate level Google and Microsoft employees, Young Presidents Organization chapters, Sierra Club, conservation groups, scout organizations, and international travel companies.

Arrange a private activity for a variety of groups and occasions including:

  • Corporate Event
  • Family Reunion
  • Wedding Activity
  • Scout and School Groups
  • Memorial Charter
  • Anniversary Celebration
  • Birthday Party
  • Retirement Party
  • Team Building Activity
  • Privacy

With two departure locations on San Juan Island, San Juan Safaris Whale Watch & Wildlife Tours by Vessel and Guided Sea Kayak Tours are easily accessible from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal and the surrounding Islands. With four charter vessel sizes to choose from, sea kayak tours, land based hiking and cycling tours, and a variety of hourly rentals options, San Juan Safaris has a tour experience to accommodate your group activity and ideal budget. 

Choose your tour expereince

Private activities can include:

  • Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour by Vessel
  • Guided Sea Kayak Tour
  • Multi-Day Kayak Tour and Custom Multi-Sport Tour
  • Land Based Hiking Tour
  • Bicycling Tour of San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and/or Orcas Island

San Juan Safaris Sea Lion

The Sea Lion is our flagship vessel, built specifically for whale watching & wildlife viewing. 55 feet - up to 49 passengers.

  • Large windowed and heated cabin
  • Convenient indoor seating with tables
  • 360° viewing deck
  • Spacious restroom
  • Great for families with small children

San Juan Safaris Kestrel Fast Boat

The Kestrel is our new high-speed adventure vessel -- Fast and fun! 35 feet - up to 24 passengers.

  • Fast, safe, and comfortable
  • 360° viewing deck
  • All-weather exposure suits keep you warm and dry
  • Onboard restroom
  • Great for children 8 years and up

San Juan Safaris Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk is San Juan Island's only "mid-sized" vessel. 42 feet - up to 26 passengers.

  • Departs from Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
  • Large windowed and heated cabin
  • 360° viewing deck
  • Onboard restroom
  • Great for families with small children

San Juan Safaris Sea Hawk

Guided sea kayak tours. No previous sea kayak experience required!

  • Exclusive departure locations from Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  • Highly trained and professional naturalist guides
  • Half-day and full-day sea kayak tours
  • 2 to 6 day sea kayak and multi-sport tours
  • Great for children as young as 6 years

San Juan Safaris bike tours

Land based tours. Explore San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez by bicyle or by van and foot.

  • Guided hiking and bicycling tours
  • Fully suported with all equipment, lunch, and snacks provided
  • Highly trained and professional naturalist guides
  • Great for any fitness level - we'll go at your pace!
  • Great for children as young as 6 years

Let us handle the details

Private activities are 100% customizable. Customized itineraries can include whale watching, the exploration of outer islands, the search for rare marine birds, a natural history tour, sunset cruise, or water taxi service. We can be as creative and flexible as your group’s imagination.

Our reservations staff would be happy to assist with arranging catering featuring simple snacks to boxed lunches to gourmet meat and cheese platters. Whenever possible, San Juan Safaris works with local farmers and fisherman to source ingredients directly from San Juan Island.  Beer and wine are permitted on vessel tours with the purchase of a Washington State Banquet Permit.

Need help with transportation logistics? Ask about small plane flights directly from Seattle or Bellingham, or coach bus transportation options for your group’s activities.

Inquire about your excursion

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