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June 7, 2019

Top 5 Things to Do on San Juan Island for First Timers

I have recently uprooted back to the United States after living in New Zealand for a year and a half and decided I wasn’t ready to give up that beautiful scenery. I discovered the San Juan Islands after an impromptu trip with my best friend and decided not only is it incredibly similar to my life...Read more
Killer whales surfacing

July 2, 2018

Orcas and A Humpback in the Afternoon | 07/01/2018 | 01:30pm

Sarah | 07/01/2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 01:30pm The sun was shining and we had flat water as Captain Mike steered the M/V Sea Lion north out of Friday Harbor towards the Canadian Gulf Islands. We had a lovely and lively group of guests on board ready to find some wildlife! As we cruised north we...Read more
J Pod whales traveling together

April 8, 2018

J Pod in Haro Strait (April 3rd)

[Naturalist Sarah – 04/03/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] April trips don’t often start with whale reports on the dock, but on Tuesday we had incredible reports of orcas be fore we left Friday Harbor. Captain Brian opted for a southerly route, so he steered the M/V Sea Lion right out of the harbor...Read more
T124C, T124A2, T87

February 25, 2018

Magical Winter Whale Watching - Orcas in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 02/24/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Yesterday was not what I would call an average trip in the Salish Sea… Definitely not normal mid-February, not even a normal for our peak season! The trip started out average enough, with no reports of wildlife as we left the dock. This time...Read more
L94 Calypso surfacing at San Juan Island

July 18, 2016

Orcas and Humpback Whales in the Waters around San Juan Island

Yesterday we enjoyed yet another stunning July day on the water around San Juan Island. Naturalist Erick, Captain Mike and I were excited to be able to share some of our famous, critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) with our guests on the 1:30 departure from Friday Harbor...Read more