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Whale & Wildlife Tours
Get connected with local outfitters and charters departing from Friday Harbor in search of the majestic Orca Whales living throughout the San Juan Islands. By cruise boat, charter boat, private vessel, or kayak, whale watching is worth the patience and time. See links and descriptions below to plan your next whale watching adventure departing from San Juan Island.
Our Guarantee: We see orca whales on over 90% of our tours. If you do not see orca whales on your tour, then your next tour is free of charge. Cruise in comfort aboard the classic motor yacht "Odyssey" with certified Naturalist guides. Enjoy heated lounge style cabins and outside viewing decks with padded seating while viewing orca whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise, bald eagles and a variety of sea birds in their natural habitat. Two amazing certified Naturists will be on board to share information about the flora, fauna and Salish Sea region. Carbon neutral business and locally owned operated by second generation islanders. Established 1994.
San Juan Boat Tours. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA. Phone: 360-378-3499; Toll-free: 1-800-232-ORCA (6722).
Sea Quest Expeditions. Near Friday Harbor. PO Box 2424, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Phone: 360-378-5767; Fax: 360-378-8767.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Operation Orca: Springer, Luna and the Struggle to Save West Coast Killer Whales by Daniel Francis and Gill Hewlett. Through the amazing story of these two "orphan" whales, Operation Orca tells the larger story of orcas in the Pacific Northwest, the people who have studied them and the transformation of the whale's image from killer to icon. Order now...
Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia (California Natural History Guides) by Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, and Sophie Webb. This field guide describes the whales, dolphins, seals and otters from Mexico to British Columbia including Washington. Featuring many color illustrations, photographs, drawings, and maps. Order now...
The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the World by Ben Wilson and Angus Wilson. This book covers the biology of each creature listed and has a species guide. Sections explain the study of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, examine the impact of whale-watching and offer practical advice on how to view, photograph and enjoy these creatures in the wild. Order now...
The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales by Douglas H. Chadwick. Wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick takes readers inside the world of modern-day scientific whale observation, from gathering data to weathering storms to spirited scientific debate. Detailed portraits of the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale, and orca representing a cross-section of the forms and behaviors of cetaceans worldwide. Order now...
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