San Juan Cruises, Bellingham

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  • I’ve taken various day trips on their boats to Sucia, Chuckanut and long ago to Victoria. Comfortable, good food and wonderful crew. Highly recommend. And many times you’ll see Orcas! Always a treat!  more »
  • We had friends visiting and took them on a full day whale watching cruise. They and we had a great time. We saw whales and Orca's on the way back. It is an amazing sight and the food on the return par...  more »
  • We had a group of 4 that took the 8 hour San Juan Whale Watching cruise. We had a really good experience. We reserved tickets online which were readily available upon check in process. Boat boarded in...  more »
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  • We unfortunately didn't see any whales and were given 50% off but still a fantastic day. Friday Harbour was just a treasure of a place. We will be back! The boat was very rocky while they served lunch which should have been avoided but excellent food and staff
  • My 14-year old son and I booked the deluxe whale-watching cruise on July 31, 2017 and it was our favorite thing out of our entire vacation. The boat was older, but it ran great and they were under-booked on the day we went, so it seemed very spacious. The staff is friendly, helpful and unobtrusive, and the captain was very knowledgeable and informative. And, we saw orcas! On our way out, the captain got word of a transient pod feeding near an island shoreline and he got as close as he could and we hung out there for over an hour watching them feed, breech, tail-slap and play. While we were there, the captain and staff came out to the deck with all the passengers and pointed out behaviors the orcas were exhibiting and explained what we were seeing. Awesome! I especially loved how the captain and staff seemed just as excited to see what we were looking at as the guests on the boats. It's clear they all love their jobs and respect the environment they are helping people tour. Lunch was fresh salmon, bbq chicken, rice pilaf, fresh fruit and brownies -- yum, my son was in heaven. Not to mention, they are quick to serve wine, which made some of the screaming children who were under-attended on the boat less annoying. Because they were so quick to serve wine, I found it hilarious that my three glasses were three different prices, but hey, the most expensive one was $8.00 for a generous glass and it lulled me into a nice state of relaxation that even the most rambunctious toddler didn't disrupt. A MUST-DO for anyone wishing to see the beautiful San Juan Islands, orcas in their natural habitat, bald eagles, seals, sea lions and gorgeous scenery.
  • Went on an all day whale watch yesterday with our two grandchildren. Had a wonderful time! Spent two hours in Friday Harbor, then back on the boat for a delicious lunch--better than many restaurants! We also had a chance to spend almost an hour circling and watching a transient pod of orcas before heading home to Bellingham. Loved the friendly staff, the captain's tour spiel about all the islands and their history (heard some things I hadn't known!) and the food. Only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is that on other cruises we have been on, blankets have been provided for those who are cold on the deck, and also a few games/toys/legos, etc. for kids during the quiet times. Would be good additions.
  • 4 years I have been on the San Juan Cruises boat's. I have used their boats for pleasure and study and have never had a bad day on them. The Captains and crew are great and the viewing of whales amazing. I always have used the Friday Harbor run, but have been using the new 1/2 day run. I recommend both. Enjoy the boat and whales and the friends you are bound to make.. Save our whales.
  • We have a very nice day cruising with San Juan Cruises. It was well worth the money. The crew was very friendly and informative. The food was good. The scenery was fantastic and we did get to see some whales and plenty of other wildlife. I would do this again any time.
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