Orca in the sunlight

July 2, 2017

Transient Killer Whales in the Salish Sea

[07/01/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 1:30pm & 5:30pm] We had a magical day on the M/V Sea Lion that again taught us about the importance of not worrying if there is no report of orcas as we leave the dock. Killer whales can travel 100 miles a day at speeds over 35 miles per hour. This means that...Read more
Patos Island light and Mt. Baker

June 24, 2017

Bigg's Killer Whales in the San Juan Islands

[06/23/2017 – M/V Kestrel – 02:00pm] M/V Kestrel is our newest vessel in our fleet of four, and she has consistently proven to be an amazing tool over the last year of use. Going into her second summer as a part of our fleet I am excited to see how we can continue to use this incredible boat to...Read more

June 19, 2017

New Humpbacks Spotted in the San Juan Islands!

[2017/06/19 ~ M/V Kestrel, 1000 and 1400 departures] It was humpback mania in the Salish Sea today. Not only did the M/V Kestrel see four different humpbacks, but our other vessels also humpbacks! Altogether, we estimate that San Juan Safaris saw six different humpbacks today. That may not sound...Read more

June 10, 2017

A Whale-Packed Day in the San Juans

[06/10/2017 ~ M/V Sea Lion 1200 Departure] One of the biggest challenges of whale watching is in the name itself: you're watching WHALES. Wild animals, who can travel 100 miles per day easy, who spend the majority of their lives underwater where we can't see them. Untrained, unpredictable, wild...Read more
J Pod in the San Juan Islands

May 8, 2017

J Pod in the San Juan Islands

Today we left Friday Harbor with the exciting report of J pod hanging around the San Juan Islands. We headed around to the North side of Orcas Island where we saw a few Steller’s Sea Lions swimming around as well as a harbor seal. We also got some great looks at a pod of harbor porpoise. Harbor...Read more
Humpback near San Juan Islands

May 5, 2017

Surprise Humpback North of the San Juan Islands

It’s a bit rainy here today in the Pacific Northwest (good one, right?) but that didn’t stop our guests from being excited and enthusiastic about looking for wildlife. We left Friday Harbor with no whale reports, not uncommon for this time of year. We decided to head North toward the Canadian Gulf...Read more

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