September 3, 2022

Bigg’s Killer Whales the T069s in Saanich Inlet

Lauren | M/V Kestrel | 9/3/2022 | 2:00 PM Labor Day weekend is upon us, and Friday Harbor is looking just as crazy and beautiful as ever! Our 2:00 pm Adventure Tour was totally sold out. With 20 guests aboard, Captain Eric and I zipped out of Friday Harbor and took a left into San Juan Channel. Our...Read more

July 25, 2022

A Humpback Whale Waves Hello in the Strait of Juan de Fuca!

Lauren | M/V Kestrel | 7/28/2022 | 10:00 AM I’ve had a lot of epic whale encounters during my time working for San Juan Safaris, and today I was blessed with yet another first! What happened you may ask? Our 10:00 am Adventure Tour took a trip to a pectoral playground! M/V Kestrel started the...Read more

May 30, 2022

J-pod and a Humback's Wave

Kelly | M/V Kestrel | 5/30/22 | 2:00pm | It was overcast and a bit foggy as we suited up in our exposure suits and prepared for our Adventure tour on the M/V Kestrel! This exciting tour operates on our smallest and fastest vessel in the fleet, a zodiac style ridged inflatable that allows us to zip...Read more

April 10, 2022

J-Pod, Steller Sea Lions and Squalls of Sudden Rain

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 04/10/2022 | 12:30pm Today was FUN. It was a cold day out on the water today, sure. But it was also absolutely gorgeous. A low layer of clouds rolled over the San Juan’s, dumping sporadic bouts of torrential rain over small pockets of the islands. We moved southbound out of...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whale

September 2, 2021

An afternoon with an incredible Southern Resident family, the L54s!

An afternoon with an incredible Southern Resident family, the L54s! Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/02/2021 | 2:00pm It was a beautiful afternoon on the Salish Sea! Seas were calm, the dignified Olympic mountains peered down over the islands and Southern Residents were rumored to be in the area. When...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales playing in Swell

June 18, 2021

Porpoising Bigg's Killer Whales in Rosario Strait

Olivia | M/V Osprey | June 18th, 2021 | 12:30pm It was an exploratory day circumnavigating Lopez Island! We set off inner island through Upright Passage and eventually crept between Blakely and Decatur to reach the larger body of water known as Rosario Strait. Just west of Burrows Bay, we began...Read more

April 10, 2021

First Sunset Tour with Both Transients and Southern Resident Orcas!

Jordan Higgins Blogs Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 04/10/2021 |5:00pm Today was the very first Sunset Tour of the season!! Captain Pete and I were very excited to enjoy the islands at such a beautiful time of the day. We invited our guests to our vessel, the Sea Lion, and set out of Friday Harbor to find...Read more