Tours depart from Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, which is centrally located to where the orca whales travel, feed and play.
To get to Friday Harbor, either drive or walk on a Washington State Ferry at the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, WA, just 90 miles or 1.5 hours north of Seattle (Exit 230 off I-5), or fly directly from SeaTac International Airport, Boeing Field or Lake Union via a land plane or float plane. You’ll find the Anacortes to Friday Harbor/San Juan Island ferry schedule here; see “Best Travel Times” in the upper right corner.
Tip: If you’re just coming for a day or two, you can leave your vehicle at the Anacortes Washington State Ferries Terminal (for a fee) and walk on the ferry to save time and money.
Once you arrive in Friday Harbor, you’ll find “Natsilane” in the harbor on the left side of Spring Street Landing (look for the big clock and green roof on the building at the end of the dock), just steps from where the ferries and float planes land. (As you’re arriving on the ferry, look to the right and you’ll see her.) “Natsilane” is white with a green hull.