Whale Watching

Imagine the thrill of seeing magnificent Orca whales when you go to Washington State’s spectacular San Juan Islands! Orca whales come to the islands in search of salmon from May to September so this is your best chance to view pods of whales.

Whale watching and wildlife tours sail daily from Seattle, Edmonds and other Puget Sound locations.

Cruise ships offer viewing decks as well as cabin space that give you excellent opportunities to see whales in action. 

Expert captains and highly-trained naturalists are on board to guide you to the whales. Many vessels have professional grade underwater microphones as well as binoculars on board, so you can listen to whales as well as see them.  

The San Juan Islands have many types of wildlife.  On your cruise look for harbor seals, sea lions, playful Dall's porpoise, pacific white-sided dolphins, bald eagles, osprey and flocks of seabirds.

If you are staying in Seattle, it’s handy to board a Victoria Clipper on Pier 69. Or, take the high speed Chilkat Express leaving from Edmonds with hotel pick-up and return. You’ll also find whale watch cruises sailing from Anacortes, Orcas Island, and Port Townsend.  Many tours guarantee you’ll see whales or your next trip is free!

Clipper Vacations sail from Seattle’s Pier 69 to Friday Harbor to join a whale watch cruise.

Chilkat Express high speed foilcat leaves Edmonds for half day whale watch cruises to the San Juans.

Mystic Sea Charters boards passengers in Anacortes to sail through the San Juans for the Orca hunt.

Puget Sound Express Glacier Spirit sails from Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula for a day-long Orca cruise with a Friday Harbor visit.