Whale/Plane Package

Easy day tour from Seattle! The seaplane takes off from downtown Seattle and lands at the Port of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. At San Juan Safaris, we make easy.



Whale Watching

The waters around San Juan Island are considered the premier location to view wild orca whales. Arrive by car or plane for an easy and fun day trip from Seattle!
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Orca Whale Watching with San Juan Safaris in the San Juan Islands



Kayak Tours

People come from all over the world to experience the San Juan Islands by kayak. Enjoy high quality kayaking tours with San Juan Safaris. Find out more about our day and overnight trips!



Our Crew

Meet our knowledgeable and friendly staff, eager to teach guests about wildlife and the local area. Certified Naturalists and experience are just more reasons to choose us.

Crew and passengers, San Juan Safaris


Why Choose San Juan Safaris

Here at San Juan Safaris we take great pride in providing the best Orca Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours in the Pacific Northwest. Through education and fun engaging tours we strive to provide our guests with memories that last a lifetime.

We offer tours in the beautiful and unique waters surrounding San Juan Island. These waters are known for their orca whale sightings and are considered the number one place in the world to view these amazing creatures in the wild.

Our main vessel, the M/V Sea Lion is one of the newest and fastest on San Juan Island. Since we are able to cover an extensive area in a tour with our greater speed, chances for wildlife and whale viewing increase significantly. As a member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association our captains are in constant contact with all vessels on the water and know of all whale sighting in real time. We view orcas on over 90% of our tours during peak season.

The Sea Lion is spacious and comfortable at 55ft long. She is U.S. Coast Guard approved for 49 passengers, but we limit the number to 40 to ensure plenty of viewing space along the railings. There is a large heated and windowed cabin, seating at the bow and stern, covered outside seating, and a full wrap around viewing deck. There is a restroom on board as well as blankets and extra jackets for your comfort.

Marine Naturalists on board will interpret sightings and teach guests about the wildlife, ecology, and geology of the Salish Sea. Naturalists encourage questions and love to share stories about the orcas and local area. Professional Captains always ensure that you are getting the best view possible and have been working in the industry for many years. San Juan Safaris is widely known for having the most experienced staff on the water and is proud to have members that have been returning each summer for almost a decade.

There are two easy and beautiful ways to access San Juan Island – by plane or car and ferry! San Juan Safaris works exclusively with Kenmore Air to create the Whale Plane Package for a fun, easy, and quick day trip from Seattle. Fly on a float plane from Lake Union in downtown Seattle to the Friday Harbor Marina in just 45 minutes landing just steps from our store front and vessel. The package includes roundtrip airfare and our Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour. Want to spend the night on San Juan? No problem! You can fly back at a later date! Guests can also drive to Anacortes and catch the Washington State Ferry, which is part of the Washington Scenic By-Way. Enjoy relaxing on the ferry as it winds through the San Juan Archipelago bound for the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal – just steps from San Juan Safaris. Let us know preferred way to travel and we are happy to help you plan your departure.

Our office and whale watching vessels are conveniently located next to the Ferry Terminal in Friday Harbor. Close to shops, restaurants, and hotels, we are a quick walk from anywhere in town.

Questions? Call us now 360-378-1323 or 800-450-6858. Our Whale Watching office is open daily in season 8 AM to 8 PM Pacific Time.

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