Whale Watching + Plane

See Seattle & Puget Sound from a new perspective! Fly from downtown Seattle to the Port of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Then board our boat for a day of orca whale watching.

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Whale Watching

The calm waters around San Juan Island are considered by many to be the best place to see wild orca whales. A wonderful day trip by car or plane from Seattle!

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Orca Whale Watching with San Juan Safaris in the San Juan Islands



Kayak Tours

See whales and wildlife in the San Juan Islands up close. Explore the islands in stable sea kayaks with the help of our experienced guides. Day and overnight trips available!

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Our Crew

Our knowledgeable and friendly guides and naturalists are eager to teach you about whales, wildlife, and the local area. We’re here to help you have the trip of a lifetime.

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Crew and passengers, San Juan Safaris



Why Choose San Juan Safaris

Choose San Juan Safaris

At San Juan Safaris we take great pride in providing you with the best orca whale watching and wildlife tours in the Pacific Northwest. Our guides and naturalists work to create educational, fun, and engaging tours that provide our guests with memories to last a lifetime.

We offer a variety of tours in the beautiful waters surrounding the San Juan Islands. The area is known for its incredible wild orca whales and amazing natural beauty. MSNBC says the San Juans are “celebrated for their spectacular whale-watching and wildlife-viewing opportunities.”

As a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, our captains are in constant contact with all vessels on the water and track all whale sighting in real time. We see orca whales on over 90% of our tours during peak season.

About Our Boat

Our main vessel, the Sea Lion is one of the newest and fastest vessels on San Juan Island. We travel further and faster than other whale watching tours, letting us cover more water and increasing our chances of seeing whales.

The Sea Lion is spacious and a comfortable 55 feet long. She’s U.S. Coast Guard approved for 49 passengers, but we limit all tours to 40 guests. This helps to make sure that there’s plenty of viewing space along the railings.

The Sea Lion’s other features include:

  • Large heated cabin with plenty of windows
  • Bow and stern seating
  • Covered outside seating
  • Full wraparound viewing deck
  • On-board restroom
  • Blankets and rain jackets for your comfort

About Our Team

All of our tours are staffed by marine naturalists who will teach you about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. We encourage you to ask questions and love to share stories about the orcas and local area. Our experienced boat captains make sure you get the best views possible and have been working in the area for many years.

San Juan Safaris is widely known for having the most experienced staff on the water and we’re proud that many of our team members have been working with us for almost a decade.

Getting to San Juan Island

There are two easy and beautiful ways to access San Juan Island – by plane or car and ferry!

Flying from Seattle to Friday Harbor

At San Juan Safaris we work exclusively with Kenmore Air to create a one-of-a-kind Whale Plane Package for a fun, easy, and quick day trip from Seattle. You’ll fly on a float plane from Lake Union in downtown Seattle to the Friday Harbor Marina. The flight takes just 45 minutes and you’ll land steps away from our storefront and vessel.


The package includes both roundtrip airfare and a Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour. Want to spend the night on San Juan Island? No problem! You can fly back at a later date at no extra cost.

Driving from Seattle to Friday Harbor

From downtown Seattle you can drive to Anacortes and catch the Washington State Ferry, part of the Washington Scenic Byway. You’ll love the relaxing ferry trip that winds through the San Juan archipelago to its final destination of the Friday Harbor ferry terminal– just steps from San Juan Safaris!

Let Us Help

If you’re planning a whale watching trip to the San Juan Islands, just ask us and we’ll be more than happy to help you plan your trip.

Contact San Juan Safaris

Our office and whale watching vessels are conveniently located next to the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor. We’re located close to shops, restaurants, and hotels, and are a quick walk from anywhere in town.

Questions? Call us now at 360-310-4347 or 877-828-4832. Our Whale Watching office is open daily in season 8 AM to 8 PM Pacific Time.

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