San Juan Safaris has 2 vessels that operate out of Friday Harbor, MV Sea Lion and MV Kestrel.

MV Sea Lion Whale and Wildlife Viewing Vessel
MV Sea Lion Whale and Wildlife Viewing Vessel

M/V Sea Lion

The M/V Sea Lion is San Juan Safaris’ flagship vessel that has been in operation since 2008. At 55ft, this fiberglass boat is perfect for whale watchers of all ages. US Coast Guard approved for 49 passengers, the Sea Lion only takes out up to 40 to ensure plenty of viewing space. With a heated cabin, inside and outside seating, and a full wrap around viewing deck, there is lots of room to move around and stretch your legs throughout the tour. The Sea Lion has a comfortable and modern marine head (toilet) on board for your convenience. There are ample hand rails, a non-skid deck, and lots of bench seating at the bow and stern of the boat.

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

MV Kestrel

The Kestrel is San Juan Safaris’ newest 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. The Kestrel is open air with bench seating for up to 28 passengers per the US Coast Guard. To make sure there is plenty of seat space, the 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 isle way around the entire boat allows you to stand up and move around when viewing whales and wildlife. Kestrel also has the convenience of having a restroom on board.