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Whale Watch / Wildlife Cruises From Friday Harbor

Top quality customer service from reservations to cruise. The web site gives any first-timer everything they need. The naturalists on board were informative and fun. The cruise waited for the late ferry but still gave us a complete experience and got us back in time for the return ferry. The boat was comfortable and well equipped for the comfort of the customers. The web site is absolutely complete and easy to use. Will definitely use them for a future whale watch.
Warren, Libby, and Chris Street

Whale & Wildlife Cruise Summary

Our classic 65 foot, twin-engine vessel, “Odyssey”, has the perfect combination of comfort and space. Additionally our fun/informative crew and perfect departure location make for an ideal whale watching tour and wildlife excursion. We use biodiesel to protect the environment and are USCG licensed for up to 97 passengers giving us the most flexibility of any vessel based in the San Juan Islands. Note: We limit our tours to 80 people maximum to ensure the comfort of our guests.

Discounts: Senior, Military, Teacher, College, AAA, and Groups of 10 or more.

Time and Location: Departs just a few steps from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor at 1:00pm and the cruise lasts about 3.5 to 4 hours.

Cost: Adults - $99, children (2-12 years) - $69 , infants - free.

Prices and times subject to change. Does not include $1.25 port fee, $1 conservation fee, 8.3% Washington state sales tax, or gratuity. Prices per person in US$

Save 10% by reserving your Whale Watch / Wildlife Cruise and Sea Kayak Tour at the same time!

Recommended to bring:

  • T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
  • Cash for tipping your guide
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Pants or shorts
  • Small Snack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

Planning to visit for just one day?... You can leave your car parked in Anacortes and walk on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor. Our office and cruise departure dock is just a stones throw from the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor.

  • Orca Whales
  • Bald Eagles
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Madronas

More Info

In addition to sea kayak tour packages, Crystal Seas offers whale watching and wildlife cruises from Friday Harbor, thanks to San Juan Excursions. Experience the thrill of seeing orca whales, harbor seals, California & Steller sea lions, Dall's & harbor porpoise, gray & minke whales, bald eagles, cormorants, great blue herons and so much more on one of our whale watching cruises! A typical kayak expedition with Crystal Seas might also bring you close to orca whales.

San Juan Excursions specializes in safety and environmentally oriented owner operated whale watching tours and wildlife cruises departing from picturesque Friday Harbor, Washington. Watch the video below, or call us to reserve a whale watching cruise or kayaking vacation with Crystal Seas.

Experience the Odyssey...just click play!



For reservations of 4 people or less, if you cancel 24 hours or more in advance of the tour there will be no charge. For reservations of 5 people or more, if you cancel 72 hours or more in advance of the tour there will be no charge. Reservations of 4 people or less that are canceled within 24 hours of the tour, reservations of 5 people or more that are canceled within 72 hours of the tour and reservations that no-show will all be charged the full cost of the tour. All cancellations must be in writing and the charged amount is determined upon the date of receipt.


When you make your reservation we will gather your credit card information. This is to reserve your tour. You can choose how to pay when you check in at our store the day of your trip.