San Juan Excursions

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Certified marine naturalists helm 3.5- to 4-hour, explaining stories about wildlife witnessed throughout trip

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Promotional value expires Sep 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy additional as gifts. Limit 16 Groupon customers/tour. Reservation required 72 hours in advance. 48-hour cancellation notice required. Minimum passenger requirement for departure. Operates in all weather conditions. Season starts 5/1. Not valid Saturdays in July or August. Not valid 5/26-5/28, 6/30, 7/4, or 9/1-9/3. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Though they pretend not to care, whales secretly love being watched, which is why humans always spot them wearing their cutest outfits. See gentle giants nonchalantly strut their stuff with this Groupon.

$45 for an Orca Whale-Watching Tour ($90 Value)

Sightseers embark upon a 3.5- to 4-hour tour around the San Juan Islands aboard the Odyssey, a lavish motor yacht boasting wraparound decks and heated cabins. Two certified marine naturalists lead the tour, offering educational and entertaining information about the wildlife that chooses to reveal itself throughout the day. Although passengers are focused on catching glimpses of orca pods, they can also lock eyes with a host of other marine life, including harbor seals, bald eagles, and great blue herons.

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.

Customer Reviews

Nice staff and very knowledgeable!
Stephanie W. · August 3, 2015
Good time
Nani A. · July 23, 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!
Ann B. · June 13, 2015
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