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San Juan Excursions: Season: 4/10 - 10/15, 2019

#2 Spring St. Landing, Friday Harbor

$40 for a Whale-Watching and Wildlife Cruise from San Juan Excursions (Up to $82 Value)

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Highlights

  • Four-hour scenic cruise
  • 95% orca-sighting possibility
  • Engaging, naturalist tour guide
  • Picturesque scenery

Customer Reviews

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Stephanie
1 ratings1 reviews
August 3, 2015
Nice staff and very knowledgeable!
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NaniTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
15 ratings11 reviews
July 23, 2015
Good time
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Ann
4 ratings2 reviews
June 13, 2015
It was cold out on the water even though it was a warm sunny day. Bring a jacket! Naturalists were great and made the tour very personal. Didn't see orcas so we got the rainchecks and will be back! Great excursion anyway!
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Richard
4 ratings1 reviews
June 10, 2015
Nice trip!! Hour ferry ride to and from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. No stops between. Guides were very knowledgable/informative. Saw a few pods of Orca on our trip. Many pics, plus, they will email you ones they take while you're there. Thumbs Up!!
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Ekaterina
2 ratings2 reviews
May 31, 2015
The boat seemed to be the most comfortable one for whale watching and we've actually seen a family of 3 orcas with a baby-orca ) It was on May 1st.
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Sarah
5 ratings1 reviews
November 23, 2014
Great value! Great service.
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Lindsay
4 ratings2 reviews
September 15, 2014
They have complimentary binoculars that you can check out and restrooms on the boat.
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Steve
1 ratings1 reviews
September 11, 2014
What a great crew and a wonderful experience. The overall experience relies heavily on the presence of the orcas, which obviously we had. But all the same I would be delighted to board the Odyssey again for a tour. Thanks everybody at SJE!!!
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About This Deal

While whales offer sound relationship advice and make worthy backgammon opponents, they tend to be at their best when swimming freely among the icy-cool waters of the Pacific Northwest. Today's Groupon gets you up close and personal with the beautiful beasts in their natural habitat: for $40, you get an approximately four-hour orca whale-watching cruise (up to an $82 value including tax and the port fee) from San Juan Excursions. The cruise launches from Friday Harbor, located nearly three hours north of Seattle, when you factor in driving and ferrying time on the Washington State Ferry. It is recommended that you arrive at the ferry 30 minutes early.

In the summer months, the waters around the picturesque San Juan Islands play home to about 90 wild orcas, and San Juan Excursions has managed to get the majestic mammals to appear for photo ops and autographs on about 95% of all its tours. During your approximately four-hour cruise, you'll travel among the spectacular natural beauty of the Canada-bordering strait as the friendly naturalist tour guide points out all the whales, seals, bald eagles, corgis, and blue herons that inhabit the surrounding wilderness.

Your tour will take place aboard the comfortable Odyssey, a 65-foot former Navy search-and-rescue vessel constructed in 1941. Along with two levels, padded seating, an outside deck with covered outdoor viewing areas, and comfortable indoor space complete with a snack bar and cozy seating area, the vessel is also equipped with a hydrophone that drops into water, allowing you to eavesdrop on the massive mammals as they gossip about what the dolphins wore to prom. Escape the screeching horns and obnoxious wandering carolers of the city and spend a day in the company of freed Willies with today's Groupon to San Juan Excursions.

This Groupon is not valid for Saturdays in July and August, July 4, or Labor Day.

Reviews

San Juan Excursions won first-place honors for Best Whale Watching in 2009 from CityVoters. Three TripAdvisors give it 4.5 owl eyes:

  • We had an unforgettable trip which included sitings [sic] for all three pods, and a huge number of whales the entire time. I appreciated that they have binoculars on hand, since the ones I had bought were defective. – unrealjuju@gmail.com, CityVoter
  • They were very knowlegable [sic] and friendly. The captain was excellent. The whole experience was such a fun one. – Krieegs, CityVoter
  • Their knowledge of these creatures and their history, behavioral patterns and habits was remarkable. They are true professionals and are to be applauded. – whaletrip, TripAdvisor

Need To Know

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 16 Groupon customers per tour. Not valid Saturdays in July & August, July 4, or Labor Day. 24-hour advance reservation required. 48-hour cancellation policy. Subj to availability. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About San Juan Excursions

A tiny ripple glides along the smooth-as-glass water, alerting captain Pete to the fact that he and his passengers are about to have company. Sure enough, within seconds a group of glossy black fins breaks through the sea in a silent, synchronized ballet. A native Washingtonian who has spent his entire life on the water, captain Pete orchestrates San Juan Excursions to grant guests the chance to go head-to-head with nature in moments such as these. As marine naturalists certified by the Whale Museum’s Naturalist Training Program, captain Pete’s crew of passionate guides take to the peaceful waters of the Puget Sound to entertain boatloads of guests with informative facts about area wildlife witnessed during excursions.

The team’s passion for nature informs its low-impact approach to whale and wildlife watching, which is exemplified in the Odyssey, the company's tour boat. Originally a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue vessel forged in 1941, the craft is fueled by biodiesel when possible and maintains a low propeller RPM to minimize the Bono moans it releases into the water column. Though San Juan Excursions specializes in whale watching, it also sends adventurers forth to explore the waters on their own steam during sea-kayak tours.