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San Juan Safaris

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The waters surrounding San Juan Island are the #1 place in North America to see wild orca whales. San Juan Safaris, located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, is in the perfect location to provide you with the thrill of seeing orcas in their...more
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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10 Front St Ste 102, WA 98250-7976
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+1 800-450-6858
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I took their whale watch excursion. We weren’t sure what to expect, but were very pleasantly surprised: the tour was over three hours long and the weather was glorious; the staff of three (boat captain and two guides, both of which had...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Called them up and they took care of almost everything. Sea plane from Seattle, hotel recommendations, cold weather gear, and guidance on what to personally bring. Spent the night with no stress, and some great memories.More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Many thanks for your kind words! Glad to hear for that we helped create a seamless San Juan Safaris and San Juan Island experience. Please be sure to visit us on your next adventure to the Pacific Northwest! Brian Goodremont San Juan Safaris Friday Harbor,...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Summary: Take seaplane if coming from Seattle Friendly/knowledgeable crew RIDE THE KESTREL. TIP THE CREW. The reservation process was easy an extremely friendly. I booked online to go aboard the SeaLion, however I added a note to contact me if a spot opened up on...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the Adventure Tour package and could not have been happier. From the time we booked, they called and checked in on us to see if we had any questions. They were great on questions before we booked. And they even checked in again...More

Thank BuBunch
Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been looking forward to our trip with San Juan Safaris for months, and it exceeded all our expectations. We were thrilled to see humpback whales, two pods of orcas, bald eagles, and seals on our trip. Our guide Jordan was enthusiastic and informative....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So happy that we booked our whale watching excursion with San Juan Safaris! It was our last day on the island and we hadn’t seen any whales. Thank you Ashley for booking us on the 5:30pm tour. We hit the jackpot! Your crew, Captain Mike...More

Thank anneb1229
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Many thanks for your review, Anne! We really enjoyed having you on the water. Glad to hear that we met our goal of creating the best whale watch & wildlife tour experience on San Juan Island. Your videos from your sunset tour are incredible, and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful sunset trip. We started at 5.30 and were back just before 9 p.m.The scenery was simply gorgeous, and the weather cooperated, giving us brilliant skies. It was hot at first, and then turned chilly on the water. The crew handed out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic, well organized, and a great overall trip. Though seeing wildlife is never a given, we were able to view bald eagles, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, a humpback whale, and several families of orcas! We so appreciated San Juan Safaris' emphasis on respectful ecotourism, conservation,...More

Thank paige62018
Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paige! Thank you for sharing a testimonial of your San Juan Safaris experience. At the heart of what we do is emphasis respectful wildlife viewing! We'll be sure to pass on your kudos to naturalists/hosts, Sarah and Jordan. Visit us again when you find...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the fantastic Kestrel boat with captain Gabe and naturalist Rachel. Both were clearly very knowledgeable and love what they do. We were well looked after and had a great trip seeing seals, eagles, orca and a humpback whale which breached right beside...More

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Brian G, Owner at San Juan Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind review, Dannia! We work very hard for our guests, and thank you for letting us know we met our goal of providing and safe & educational wildlife viewing experience in the San Juans. Sounds like your tour was top notch...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, this company is amazing. I had the pleasure of going out on the Kestrel for a 10 AM whale watch last Friday. Every employee that I have run into at San Juan Safaris is courteous, attentive, knowledgeable, and very hard working. I can tell...More

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Char030588
6 April 2016|
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Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! We work with the Pacific Whale Watch Association for our spotting network and know of any sightings in real time and have the equipment and crew to get you to any whales spotted. As orcas can travel up to 100... More
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Josiec206
5 April 2015|
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Response from Brian G | Property representative |
Hello! Peak season for orca sighting is the summer months typically from June through September. That being said there are orcas in our waters year round and lots of other wildlife too! We work with a wonderful spotting... More
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