What we're doing to ensure a safe and fun trip:
Smaller Group Sizes
Our large boat is 65 ft. and licensed for up to 80 people but we are taking out groups of 20-30 depending upon weather. This gives you plenty of space to spread out on the boat and find a comfortable spot for viewing marine mammals while maintaining social distancing.
We can supply disposable face masks if a guest loses or forgets theirs. As long as the government guidelines suggest or require wearing face coverings in public to stay safe, our staff will wear face coverings. Our guests are also expected to abide by whatever protocol is current regarding face coverings.
24-hour cancellation. Guests can move their trip to another time for no additional charge. We recognize that the information on safety against COVID-19 is ever-changing so we are committed to always keep up to date on the CDC, WHO, and our local, state, and federal government recommendation for best practices for our tours.
Clean & Healthy
The Odyssey is sanitized between each use using a fogger and cleaning supplies that are recommended by the CDC. Hand sanitizer is readily available for our guests and naturalists. Practicing social distancing. Guests will receive a verbal health check from our staff before tour begins. Staff does a health check every day before they arrive to work.
Whale Watching Tours
Experience the thrill of seeing orca whales, harbor seals, California & Steller sea lions, Dall's & harbor porpoise, gray & minke whales, bald eagles, cormorants, great blue herons and so much more on one of our whale watching trips.
Rates and Schedules
Just steps away from the ferry landing in Friday Harbor you will embark upon the Odyssey. Built in 1941 this converted U.S. Navy search and rescue vessel welcomes you aboard to experience her class and comfort as you cruise the San Juans...
How to get here
There are a number of ways to get to Friday Harbor (the town on San Juan Island) in Washington State. These are the most common ways of travel:
Welcome to our FAQ page! Find the most frequently asked question about the whales, our cruises, wildlife and the islands. We hope that you find this information useful.
Why San Juan Excursions?
- Our Guarantee - see orca whales or go again free
- Comfortable & Stable Vessel
- We Support Conservation & Community Programs
- Fun & Knowledgeable Crew
- Responsible Wildlife Viewing
- Conveniently Located
- Locally Owned and Operated
Whale Watching in the Pacific Northwest
Whale watching Seattle and whale watching Washington are commonly associated with whale watching in the San Juan Islands. San Juan Island is the center of whale watching in the Pacific Northwest and therefore Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is the best location for departing on a whale watch tour in Washington State. We hope to see you soon!
Voted Best Whale Watching Experience
by King 5 TV's Evening Magazine! San Juan Excursions was voted Whale Watching WINNER in Evening Magazine's prestigious Northwest Escapes competition. Thanks to everyone who voted to make us the number one whale watching company!
Guided Sea Kayaking Tours
We also offer 3 hour, full day, and multi-day sea kayaking tours departing from the west-side of San Juan Island. Paddling along the calm coast lines of the San Juan Islands makes for a fun adventure for singles, couples, groups, and families.(the best area in the San Juan Islands to see the orca whales).