Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

Detail Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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Grab your sunglasses, hats, cameras and binoculars and hop aboard the MV Sea Lion to begin a whale watching experience of a lifetime! Enjoy seeing many different types of whales and other marine life in their natural habitat. Soak in the rays of the Washington sun while you and other tour guests are given the opportunity to view San Juan Island and the surrounding areas.

On the Whale Watching Tour from Friday Harbor, you will meet up with other tour guests roughly an hour before departure, giving everyone plenty of time to check in and board. Once the brand new, 55 foot MV Sea Lion is ready to cruise, head off into the sun and begin watching the waters for all the active marine life below the surface. San Juan Island is known for it's high chances of seeing Orca whales because the salmon swim up and down the coasts of the Island and Orcas eat salmon for almost 90% of their diet.

While on the water, watch for other whales such as minke and humpback. Enjoy sights of other wildlife, including fish and birds, while also checking out the coastline of San Juan Island. Aboard the boat, there is plenty of walking around room on the deck with different points of view for the best photo and sightseeing opportunities. Create memories with your friends and family on a whale watching cruise you are sure to remember forever!

San Juan Island is considered the best place to view orca whales because the salmon, which are their prime source of food (about 95% of what they eat), travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas.

Take this Whale watching tour and see orca whales which has been viewed on over 90% of the tours with the possibility of spotting minke, humpback and gray whales to be higher. What is the best time to see orca whales? Anytime. They are out and about all day. You will be guaranteed see marine mammals and come back with memories to last a lifetime!

Enjoy the beauty of San Juan Island on an exclusive Whale Watch Cruise from Friday Harbor. Sail aboard the fast, new 55 foot MV Sea Lion (with windowed, heated cabin, which seats up to 24 guests). 40 or fewer guest aboard this comfortable boat with walk around deck.

Want a more intimate tour - join the special limited tour, small groups with a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Important Note: Regardless of whether you are bringing your car on the ferry, it is best to be at the Anacortes ferry parking lot 1 hour prior to the ferry departure (not to be confused with the time of your tour departure) In July and August arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to the ferry departure if you bring your car across. A car may not necessary on San Juan Island.

Park your car in the Anacortes ferry parking lot and purchase a passenger ticket. Allow at least 90 minutes driving time from Seattle to Anacortes. Use I-5 north, Exit 230. The diamond lane makes it a breeze to drive up.

Ferry schedule changes seasonally and has specific departure times. Please ask about the latest Washington State Ferry schedule to ensure you arrive with enough time to make your way to the tour departure point.

Pickup & Return:
Friday Harbor, Washington.

Returns to the original departure point approximately 4 hours after departure


We recommend you bring the following:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Extra Film
  • Extra batteries
  • Water Bottle (no glass please)
  • Snacks
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Jacket or Windbreaker - comfortable clothing
  • Flat, rubber bottomed shoes are recommended

The crew and other guests would appreciate it if you would leave behind:

  • Cell Phones
  • Smoking Materials


  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Local taxes

Does not include:

  • Transport to/from Friday Harbor from Seattle
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Port Fee (USD1.00 per person)

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • For maximum safety children under 2 should be in a harness carrier strapped to a parent and remain in the cabin
  • "Special Limited" tour not recommended for child aged 13 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Restrooms are available on board the boat

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