Our passenger-centered approach and reputation for going the distance assure you the best whale watching experience possible. Our whale & wildlife tours are fun, informative and interactive. Great for family groups and guests of all ages, we focus on small group tours so there’s no competition for the best view.
Our whale watching boats are the newest and fastest vessels departing from San Juan Island. We offer tours from two excellent departure locations, aboard two different types of vessels.
All of our tours, no matter which point of departure, or vessel you choose, have a combination of location, speed & range needed to get you to whales. Each of our vessels has excellent outdoor viewing from the bow and stern decks, as well as unparalleled visibility from large cabin windows. You are never seat-bound, and can move freely between the cabin and all viewing areas. Our boats also have a head, or marine bathroom, for your convenience.
Peregrine and Imagine are our two power catamarans that depart from Snug Harbor Resort Marina, on the west side of San Juan Island. Catamarans have two hulls and are known for their stability and seaworthiness. Imagine and Peregrine are smaller boats, offering comfortable whale watching tours for small groups of six passengers or fewer per tour.
J1, named in honor of the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale, is our newest vessel. Tours on board J1 depart from downtown Friday Harbor next to the ferry landing. J1 is luxurious, smooth riding and very fast. These small group whale watching tours have 12-15 passengers or fewer per tour.
Weather is typically mild in the San Juan Islands, with an average of 247 days of sunshine and about half the rain of Seattle.
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As members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we practice responsible and respectful whale watching.
In the Pacific Northwest, we believe in layers! For summer adventures, bring lighter layering options such as t-shirts, sweatshirt or light jacket and pants. For early Spring, Fall and Winter tours, bring heavier layers; a heavier warm jacket and close-toed shoes. With an average of 247 days of sunshine, we always recommend that you bring sunglasses.
In addition to your sunglasses, we suggest you bring your camera, sunscreen, and a hat. and your favorite binoculars. We do keep multiple pairs of binoculars on board and some spare items for your comfort and convenience. There’s no need to worry if you’ve forgotten something.
Our tours go out rain or shine, but they are weather dependent. We do not go out in excessively heavy rain, big seas or thick fog. We are inland from the Pacific Ocean and in a rain shadow, so we rarely need to cancel tours.
This was our second time enjoying a whale watching trip with Maya's Legacy, and just as our first time, we were extremely pleased with our adventure! My wife and I manage on a small Inn on San Juan Island and we refer all of our guests to Maya's when they inquire about whale watching. We can honestly say that all of our guests always rave about their experience when they return after spending the day with Maya's. Although there are many other companies on SJI that offer excursions, none will come close to the intimate and entertaining experience that Maya's will provide. We had a wonderful time with Spencer and Jeff and will continue to recommend any and all to Maya's Legacy! You guys rock!
Captain Spencer did an incredible job for us today.....took extra time so we could see a SuperPod of orca whales. We watched the "big tour" boats packed with people 4 deep on a side to see the whales, while we watched comfortably with a total of 5 people on the entire boat. Legacy Charters is the way to go if you want a great experience!
…very informative; he rounded out our experience with stories of local history, folklore, and Eco knowledge. We really appreciate the intimacy of the small boat without feeling like sardines. Highly recommend…
…We had a wonderful experience and Capt. Spencer literally went the extra miles to make sure we not only saw Humpbacks but finally a couple of Orcas who were elusive. In fact, we were heading home after watching Humpbacks for a while (not that we were disappointed because they are awesome, also) when he got the call that Orcas had been spotted. Even though it meant a longer trip, he wanted to make sure our trip was exceptional and it was!
I can't recommend legacy enough! We were able to book a trip for our group of five people right away. At first we thought we might not see any Orcas, but then Capt. Spencer got word that a huge pod had been sighted -- just twice as far away as we'd paid for. We were thrilled that he was willing to make the trip, and we saw orcas, dolphins, elephant seals, sea lions, and bald eagles. We'll be back!!