Rates & Schedule

J1 Ruffles** by Katie Jones

Daily Orca Whale and Wildlife Tours

Fall, winter & spring tours depart at 12:00 noon, leaving from Spring Street Landing in Friday Harbor, next to the Washington State Ferry Terminal.

Summer tours (beginning June 12 and running through mid September, 2016) depart at 10:30am, 2:00pm and 5:30pm Daily.


Adults: $105 per person, plus tax
Babies (up to 2 years old) on laps are free.

Location of Boat

We are located on the Spring Street Landing dock, which is next to the Washington State Ferry Terminal — look for the building with a green roof and big clock at the end of the dock. The boat is moored on the left side. There is a ramp down to the boats about 1/3 of the way. Our boat, Natsilane, has a green hull and white top. Our business name, San Juan Island Whales and Wildlife Tours, and Water Taxi are displayed on the side.

Length of Tour

Orca whale & wildlife tours are 2-1/2 to 3  hours long, depending on the location of the whales.


We accept Cash, Checks or Credit Cards; (Note: credit card needed to reserve your seats)

Refunds & Cancellations:

Full refunds will be made with 24-hour notice.
No-shows will be charged 100%

(Please note that we live and work on an island, which is only accessible via Washington State Ferries, seasonal passenger ferries, airplanes, water taxis and pleasure boats. It is the customer’s responsibility to get to their designated tour on time. No shows (if you miss your ferry or flight, etc.) will be charged 100%. Please note that Washington State Ferry schedules change seasonally. If driving a car on the ferry, we recommend getting in the ferry line at the Anacortes ferry terminal 2 hours ahead of sailing time from mid May to mid September and on holiday weekends. The ferry terminal is a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Seattle, depending on traffic.)

What To Bring:

Camera, sunglasses and seasonal jacket. You are welcome to bring food and drinks; we have water, wine and beer on board for sale.

Custom Charters

Come explore the calm waters and private little coves that only the locals know about.  Sit and enjoy gazing at the beautiful blue waters and flora & fauna of the San Juan Islands. Three-hour charters are available for $630, plus tax, for up to 6 people.


Please call for details

**Ruffles passed away in 2011 at the age of 59, which is quite old for a male.  He was my favorite whale.  I remember when I first started in this business 10 years ago working on the vessel “Odyssey.”  I was new at whale watching and I’d always heard about this whale, the biggest male of the 3 pods, so I went to Spring Street Landing in Friday Harbor, took my shoes and socks off, put my feet in the water, and meditated about Ruffles and Granny (his mother, who is still alive at 100 years old).  This was the first time I had ever meditated in my life because I was so nervous about being around these magnificent mammals.  When I arrived on scene in the boat, in the general location of the whales, within 5 minutes Ruffles and Granny made an immediate left turn away from the rest of the boats and porpoised toward my boat, which was a half mile away, surfaced, and just looked at me, as if to welcome me to the fleet.  I began crying with joy.  His death leaves a big hole in my heart.  I miss him.