I have a great experience with this trip. The crews are friendly and have shown us different wildlife during the trip.
Seeing orcas in the wild was on my bucket list. This tour did not disappoint, We saw a number of orcas, way more than I expected to see. This was the highlight of my three week trip to the USA.
This is a great tour. We took this same tour many years ago and enjoyed sharing it with a friend this year. Our weather was beautiful, and the staff and on the ferry were really friendly and professional. We did see whales, though we had to maintain a distance for the whales safety. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone who is visiting Seattle or who may live there and have not taken the tour.
If you are close to downtown, this trip makes a lot more sense to me than trying to drive up and take the ferry over. You hop on the boat and let them do all the driving!. You get a nice tour of lots of beautiful coastline and you get time in town at Friday Harbor to grab a bite or a souvenir or two. On our trip, the whale watching was on the same boat, so it was a breeze. I highly recommend this one!
Our naturalist was very knowledgeable and knew the whale by name and who was related to whom. Nobody promised us calves, and we saw several calves jumping out of the water with their mothers. We saw so many that it was exciting and at one point we were turning our heads from side to side as the whales were moving around. The boat was comfortable and while the top deck was a little cool, inside it was very pleasant and I only had my jacket on when I was on the outside deck. We also saw sea lions and seals and several kinds of birds. Friday Harbor is an interesting little town and it felt good to walk around town before getting on the boat to return to Seattle.
Excellent Trip!! I highly recommend the Friday Harbor Day Trip. Lots to see.
Comfortable boat trip, with lots of chances to spot wildlife along the way. I highly enjoyed it!
Awesome!! The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw several whales, bald eagles, harbor seals, turkey vultures, and a porpoise. This cruise was truly worth every penny!
Wow! Beautiful journey! Saw some Orcas, a huge sea lion and some smaller whales as well. The scenic view the entire trip was amazing. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Well worth it. Just make sure you layer so you can sit up top, gets chilly up there.
Really had a nice time. The sea is calm in the sound, so no motion sickness. The views are great and the crew was knowledgeable about local history and whale behavior. Saw a humpback breach - twice and learned that you can guess where the whales are by the birds behavior - very cool. Friday Harbor was a typical tourist area - cute, great for lunch after whale watching, but I would not have known what to do had we been there much longer. I didn't try the shipboard food, but it seemed adequate.
Tour was great. The boat was comfortable and nice. Best of all, we saw the orcas that we set out to see! Get there early to get the exact seat you want as seating is first come first serve. To speed up the boarding process, print your boarding pass ahead of time, not just your ticket confirmation. I thought I would be boarding with the confirmation I received, but had to wait in line to get a boarding pass at the terminal.
Wonderful! Enjoyed the boat ride too! My husband and I bought snacks and played cards. The island is so peaceful. Just like in the movies!
Whales were so close! One whale swam right next to our boat. We saw three pods, approx. 60 whales!
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. AND we saw Orcas! Many Orcas. It was a LONG day, and colder than I expected of course I wanted to be on the top deck the entire time. Having time to explore Friday Harbor was an added plus. For the price of the tour, it is the BARGAIN of our Seattle trip! When I come back to the area, I will be doing it again, for sure!
The naturist on the boat was very helpful. Though we did not see Orca whales, we did end up watching a humpback whale do its thing fairly close up. We actually did see a rogue orca pod on the way to the watching grounds. The boat was comfortable and the stop in Friday Harbor was educational.
A wonderful tour! The crew is knowledgeable, and kept us informed us of all whales, sea lions and other interesting sights. It is so fun to sit on top, but bring a heavier jacket and a hood for the winds. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Seattle!
Great trip, on the way back we could see a good view of the mountians.
It was great, they pushed the tour by an hour to make sure we would be able to see the whales, which worked out perfectly.
We enjoyed our Friday harbor and whale watching tour. We saw 3 species of whale! Our naturalist, Justine was most interesting and informative. The clipper had a smooth ride and I loved the upper deck for pictures. Very enjoyable day.
Very nice tour with a friendly and informative crew to assist in anyway possible to ensure that you have an enjoyable, educational and memorable tour. We did see a few whales. The guide knew exactly what kind of whales they were and knew their swimming patterns and what and when to expect next. She was right on. Friday Harbor is a nice and relaxing town. Very enjoyable. The food and the ship is excellent too. I highly recommend this tour. Block out your whole day for it.
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