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Come see the whales with us! We offer expeditions to different destinations throughout the year. Not only do we want to show you new places and share the whales with you, we also want you to have a chance to connect with fellow whalenerds!

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Upcoming Trips - October 2022
** POSTPONED TO 2023**

three day event

October 20th, 21st, 22nd 2023
whalenerds weekend - San Juan Islands
Price: $1750 per person

Join us as we search for Killer Whales, humpbacks, dolphins, stellar sea lions, birds and more! Enjoy wildlife with the beautiful scenery of the islands and forests of the pacific northwest.
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Itinerary for Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA


October 20th, 2023
10:30am check in at Maya’s Legacy in Friday Harbor
11am Photo ID workshop with Sara Shimazu
12pm Departure - Maya’s Legacy (6hrs)
Lunch & snacks on board
6pm Return to the dock
Dinner on your own


October 21st, 2023
Breakfast on your own
8:30am check in at Maya’s Legacy in Friday Harbor
9am departure - Maya’s Legacy (6hrs)
Lunch & snacks on board
3pm return to the dock
6pm Cocktail / Social Hour & Dinner - San Juan Island Yacht Club
7:30pm Lecture with Monika Wieland Shields - Orca Behavior Institute


October 22nd, 2023
7:30am check in at Maya’s Legacy in Friday Harbor
8am departure - Maya’s Legacy (6hrs)
Light breakfast, lunch, & snacks on board
2pm return to the dock

Other Notes

This is a weather dependent activity. We have rainy day plans for the entire weekend in case of foul weather conditions preventing us from going out on the boat. Sea conditions are very dynamic and change very quickly. Your safety always comes first when making decisions about the vessel trips.


Location Address:

Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching
Friday Harbor Marina
14 Cannery Landing
Friday Harbor, WA


San Juan Island Yacht Club

273 Front Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


What is included

We will be providing lunch and snacks on the boat on October 21st. We will be providing lunch and snacks on the boat and dinner for the lecture on October 22nd. We will be providing light breakfast, lunch and snacks on the boat on October 23rd. If you have any dietary restrictions, requests, or food allergies, please indicate that during booking and we will follow up with you via email. We will also be giving each guest a small welcome gift with whalenerds merchandise and a photo package from the full weekend sent via email at the conclusion of the event.


What is NOT included

We will not be providing hotel accommodations or transportation for this event.

If you are flying in for this event we recommend flying in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From Sea-Tac there are several options to get to San Juan Island.

Washington State Ferry:
The Washington State Ferry offers service for cars and foot passengers from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. If you choose to drive, it takes about two hours to get from Seattle to Anacortes. The ferry ride itself is a little over an hour long and there are multiple departure times throughout the day. Make sure you check the most current sailing schedule and make reservations for your car as early as possible. Walk-on passengers do not need reservations.

By Plane:
The fastest way to get here is on a commuter plane or float plane with a company like Friday Harbor Sea Planes, which offer one way and round trip flights to Friday Harbor. It is a quick, gorgeous 25-30 minute flight up through Puget Sound and the islands. Flights are also available from other mainland and Vancouver Island locations by regional operators such as Kenmore Air, San Juan Airlines, Westwind Aviation and Rite Bros.


Here are a few options for accommodations:
Discovery Inn

Orca Inn

Friday Harbor House

You are also welcome to look into short term / vacation rentals.


If you are not renting a car you can arrange transportation with:
Taxi / Van Service

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