San Juan Island is famous for its varied wildlife, and the celebrities of this natural world are the Orca whales that cruise the surrounding waters from mid-April to early October.
There are many options for you to experience the Orcas in their natural habitat. The Earthbox staff is on hand to help you plan your whale-watching excursion. And it's not just the whales you will see out on the water; get ready to spot a huge variety of sea birds, seals, otters, and other species of whales.
If boats are not your thing, don't worry, you can still experience the whales. San Juan Island is the perfect place to indulge in the innovative 'land based' whale watching. Lime Kiln State Park, aka Whale-Watch Park, is the nation's only park set aside for this pursuit.
San Juan Safaris offers professional trips with great attention to detail. A marine biologist is always on board to answer all of your wildlife questions. Their new, fast, heated 55-foot boat offers a walk-around deck, windowed cabin, bow seating and a large bathroom. The deck sits 5 feet above the water and allows for great viewing. All of their trips depart conveniently from Friday Harbor.
San Juan Excursions based in Friday Harbor, San Juan Excursions has the island's largest whale watch boat, the 64 foot Odyssey.
Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours has provided quality San Juan Island tours since 1986. The 46′ Western Prince II departs from Friday Harbor and is large enough for safety and comfort, yet small enough for a more interactive experience.
San Juan Outfitters specializes in providing high quality whale watch, kayak, and adventure tours for groups small and large, families, and independent travelers and departs from scenic Roche Harbor.
Maya's Legacy Whale Watching offers a premier experience on a 15-passenger, brand-new, custom designed boat with heated cabin for comfort in all conditions.
San Juan Safaris' Kestrel is San Juan Island’s fastest zodiac vessel—perfect for anyone looking for a high-speed adventure! Kestrel has a wraparound observation deck and restroom.
Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours' bright, orange Zodiac seats 15. You get suited up in wind-and-weather-tight gear and go on a fast, fun, exhilarating ride, lasting about 2 1/2 hours.