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San Juan Islands Whale Watching

Trip Advisor Award Of


2012 & 2013 & 2014



From Port of Friday Harbor

Spring Street Landing


11:00 AM & 2.30 P.M.



Only $95 per person


Discounts for groups of 6

Contact us at
local: 360-378-0302

toll free: 1-888-221-1331

Orca Whale Watching From a Small Boat is Best!
6 Guests Maximum per Trip


1) Experience: Captain Carli has lived on San Juan Island for the last 28 years and has spent decades boating around the Orca Whales of the San Juans.

2) Ocean Experience: Captain Carli has sailed many oceans of the world. His last adventure was sailing his own 48 foot yacht from Friday Harbor to Florida through the Panama Canal.

3) 6 Passengers Maximum: Enjoy a small personal whale watching experience, forget fighting the crowds and being just another number on a boat that can carry 50 to 70 people.

4) The Boat: Many people mistakenly think a bigger boat is better. NOT SO... The design of our boat (lower to the water, less roll,flat bottom and NO diesel fumes makes for less motion sickness.) No blind spots to hinder your viewing, nobody's elbow in your side as you try to get a better view.

5) Convenience: Walk off the Washington State ferry in Friday Harbor and two minutes later you are onboard "Soulmate", Captain Carli's whale watching boat.

6) Spotting Network: Captain Carli belongs to an Orca whale spotting network located on Vancouver Island. NO guessing on where the whales will be found.

7) Lastly: Captain Carli loves what he does and you can tell that from the moment you get on-board. Check out his TRIP ADVISOR reviews if you wish.

Take a three to four hour trip into the heart of San Juan Islands Orca Whale territory. You'll have the opportunity to see the resident Orca whales also known as Killer Whales, Minke whales, Harbor porpoise, California sea lions, Harbor seals, Bald eagles and much, much, more.


Photo From A Recent Orca Whale Watching Tour

Orca Whale Breaching


See what our customers have to say about us -

Carli Whale Watching

This small boat experience is far better than those large boat excursions. Conveniently located at the Friday Harbor dock, this is a  must-do if you are in the area. Captain Carli is knowledgeable and tries to give his customers the best possible experience. The orcas are incredible!  S.M.  Louisiana

Our family booked Captain Carli's Whale Watch tours because we wanted a smaller more personal experience. We have three boys 16, 13, and 10, and Captain Carli made them feel very comfortable and welcome. Captain Carli went out of his way for our family to see the Orcas up close.... Our family had a wonderful relaxing time with Captain Carli, and we were not disapointed.  Zena, Montana

Captain Carli was excellent. He was very friendly and worked hard to find a pod of Orcas for us (it was uncertain if we were going to see any that day). As soon as we came to a stopping point 2 ORCAS BREACHED off of the stern of the Soulmate (Captain Carli's boat). He then kept us at about 100 yds from the orcas for over 2 hours! He even let us have extra time to watch the orcas (extending the trip a little). We HIGHLY recommend Captain Carli's Whale Watch to everyone that visits Friday Harbor! - AJ and "Counterweight", Tampa, Florida

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Captain Carli Whale Watch Tours
Captain Carli: Toll Free 888-221-1331, local 360-378-0302 | P.O. Box 2569 | Friday Harbor, WA 98250 |

Orca Whale Watching Tours Are Not Available From November 1st to March 30th Each Year

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