Half-Day Whales & Wildlife Tour
Enjoy a half-day (4-4.5 hours) small group wildlife and whale watching tour departing from the stunning west side of San Juan Island, an easy 15-minute drive or taxi from downtown Friday Harbor. These tours accommodate no more than 12-16 guests on each excursion.
About the Tour
Our 4-4.5 hour, small group tours offer more time on the water than our 3-hour tours for those seeking a more in-depth experience exploring the Salish Sea’s dynamic ecosystem.
The more time we spend on the water the more we will see, and a half-day gives us extra flexibility and geographic range to experience a wider variety of wildlife. We will explore pristine habitats as we search for a variety of wildlife, including different species of whales that may be in the area on any given day.
You will be part of a small group of passengers for the most intimate experience possible. There’s plenty of elbow room and no competition for prime viewing space.
These tours depart from Snug Harbor Resort, an easy drive or taxi from downtown Friday Harbor. Located on peaceful Mitchell Bay on the west side of the island, it has long been the preferred departure location for wildlife and whale watching tours. Your experience begins right from the dock viewing wildlife inside the beautiful protected bay. Many wildlife habitats lie within close proximity to this unique departure point, and it is often an advantageous launching point to wildlife and whale hotspots to the west and north.
Please plan to check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Custom-Designed Ecotour Boats
Your tour will be onboard one of the newest and most comfortable vessels from San Juan Island. You’ll enjoy luxury seating and a cabin for comfort in all conditions. There is excellent viewing from the outdoor bow and stern viewing decks, as well as unparalleled indoor visibility through the 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.