This is the best place to view orca whales in the wild, right here in the San Juan Islands! Put your whale watching experience in the hands of a professional. Learn about these magnificent mammals and what you can do to help ensure their survival by being a steward of the Salish Sea and our oceans.
Join Captain Hobbes Buchanan aboard “Natsilane,” a 30’ Albin fast-express cruiser, with inside and outside seating, a heated cabin, restroom, and warm courtesy jackets if needed. A six-passenger limit assures you the full attention of the Captain for an intimate experience on the water! Our eco-tour makes a great gift for your favorite nature lover to experience the whales and other wildlife in their world!
Thanks to Rick Wood and his documentary Fragile Waters we have some HD video of a day with Captain Hobbes and the wildlife!
ORCA WHALES (also known as killer whales) are what we’re looking for, and we see them about 90% of the time May-September, and about 70% of the time in April and October. Approximately 79 orca whales are considered the Southern Residents, and live in three families or “pods” — the J, K and L pods.
We also see HARBOR SEALS, STELLER SEA LIONS, HARBOR PORPOISES, DALL’S PORPOISES, BALD EAGLES and many wonderful SEA BIRDS. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to see MINKE WHALES, GRAY WHALES and even HUMPBACK WHALES!
“Natsilane” offers you the comfort of a warm cabin or an exhilarating wind-in-your-hair way to experience the ecosystems and wildlife of the spectacular San Juan Islands!