Whale watching in alaska is fun, accessible andexciting. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with seattles only halfday, guaranteed whale watching tour. Humpback whale likely dead after it was hit by ferry near seattle at 5 to 10 feet, theres no chance to even try to maneuver the vessel, the director of operations for the washington state. This special limited season focuses on gray whales that migrate along the west coast, stopping to feed in local waters on their way back to alaska. Nearly all killer whale sightings in the seattle region occur in just one small area along the rugged western edge of the san juan islands. Id like to go to seattle for several reasons but my main reason would be to whale watch. Best time to whale watch in seattle seattle forum tripadvisor. Can anyone recommend a whale watching tour company. This west seattle beach is a popular spot for seals and their pups, leading to the presence of biggs or transient orcas. Are there whale watching boat tours that leave from downtown seattle. But something that defines seattle more than anything is its location. Sail through breathtaking deception pass, and travel through the protected waters of the salish sea, while trained naturalists educate passengers about the remarkable ecosystem and its wildlife with a focus on whale and sealife conservation.
Travel inspired cuisine by way of the northwest, the whale wins roasts the very best from local beaches, gardens and farms in its rustic wood fired oven and serves it to share on plates large and small in a light filled, converted warehouse space. Alaska whale watching tours whalewatching in alaska. The san juans are the best place to see wild orca whales in the united states. Our whale watching yacht, the odyssey, is ideal for whale watching and all types of private charters and special occasions. Seattites all come to san juan island for their whale watching experiences. Sometimes the orcas are located by victoria, sometimes theyre in the gulf islands or the san juan islands. Biggs orcas differ from the resident orca pods that follow the salmon chum runs, as they eat mammals. The island explorer 4 is the little sister to the island explorer 5 the island explorer 4 is 85 long, 22 wide with many of the same great features. As i understand it, whale watching boats out of seattle still have to travel north 60 miles or so to see any orcas, so departing from seattle doesnt really help. Memorial day through late august we offer whale watching at sunset. This customizable roundtrip adventure will take you from downtown vancouver to victoria on a 35minute oneway seaplane flight part 1.
Last year the closest operator left from edmonds and did offer hotel pick up in seattle. Although the local tv folks go gaga when orcas are sighted in elliot bay, they the orcas, not the tv crews do not normally live near seattle. San juan excursions whale watching seattle seattle. Looking for a company with great customer service, vast experience in the field and a strong safety record. Cruise through the waters of the salish sea and experience the wonders of the pacific northwest with an overnight getaway from seattle that includes a victoria whale watching tour plus hotel stay. Whale watching seattle and whale watching washington are commonly associated with whale watching in the san juan islands. Join major marine tours the local whale experts as we search for orcas, distinguishable by their stately dorsal fins and fascinating social behaviors. Kayak whale watching in the san juan islands, seattle. Killer orca whale watching seattle to san juan islands. San juan whale watching charters boat charters one our 3 u. Seattle to victoria day trip with whale watching clipper. Is whale watching possible minus the expensive tours. Jan 07, 2014 killer whale kayaking tours san juan islands kayak with orcas.
Im ready to book my tour call our office to book 1 888 672 6722. An informative guided tour of seattle covering all the famous attractions, including a 2hour stop at pike place market and admission to the top of the space needle. This area is often called the orca whale sanctuary as most hunting and playing takes place here. Get up close with the orca whales off the san juan islands near seattle on this 4hour whale watching cruise. Our 34 hour adventure whale watching tours depart from friday harbor, just steps from the ferry landing. On occassions orcas are spotted right off elliott bay. Whale watching like northwest locals do the seattle times. San juan excursions whale watching seattle seattle washington. Depart from either port townsend or edmonds just 17 miles north of seattle for a whale watching tour through the sound on one of their three ships, all equipped with indoor seating to keep the oceans chill away.
San juan island is the center of whale watching in the pacific northwest and therefore friday harbor on san juan island is the best location for departing on a whale watch tour in washington state. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with seattle s only halfday, guaranteed whale watching tour. If you would like to visit magnificent olympic national park in addition to doing some whale watching, come to port angeles from late august through october. Our 34 hour classic whale watching tours depart from friday harbor, just steps from the ferry landing. Seattle kayaking trips seattle kayak tours to see whales. Today in fact ferries are delayed due to whales, but that is a exception.
Whale watching tours find your prince of whales wildlife. A number of charter boat companies run whale watching cruises and you can find such charters operating out of seattle and from various other ports around puget sound. San juan safaris is the most prominent and respected company for whale watching and wildlife tours in the seattle area. My dates are flexible but i would prefer to go in april. Guests must book their ferry trip aboard the victoria clipper separately from their whale watching tour. At this time of year in the pacific northwest the sun does not set until approximately 9. Seattle a guide to whale watching tours, conservation. Northwest native american storytelling show with 3d visual elements. For a limited time in early summer, this cruise departs from seward in search of our favorite black and white marine mammal the orca. Victoria, bc is the best place on earth to view whales in the wild. Decorated tillicum longhouse, gift shop, and authentic. In the morning, guests will be picked up from the specified departure location in seattle to begin this tour. Jan 01, 2016 highlight video from our whale watching tour in seattle, washington with island adventures.
Sw looking for more spots on the shore that are good for whale watching. Sandwiched between mountains to the east and the puget sound to the west, seattle s location is what opens up much of the amazing things to do in the area. We are planning a trip to seattle and vancouver in september and would, of course, love to go whalewatching. Partnering with san juan safaris for an incredible orca whale watching tour youll never forget. Whale watching cruises san juan cruises bellingham. Is it possible along any of the island shorelines or onp coastline, etc. See orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, gray whales and all the majestic wildlife in the salish sea on our tour departing from edmonds just minutes north of downtown seattle. Killer whale kayaking tours san juan islands kayak with orcas. At western prince whale watching, our passion is sharing the natural beauty, whales, and diverse wildlife of the salish sea.
Orca whales spend their summers around san juan island which is only 90 miles north of seattle. Im completely unfamiliar with seattle whale watching companies, but in the end, wherever you depart from steveston, vancouver, seattle, victoria, the san juan islands all these tours go to see the same pods of orcas. Killer whales near puget sound, washington youtube. Gray whale watching near seattle, washington island adventures. We will be in seattle and all around the area next week. Orca spirits three hour whale watching tours run daily from april through october. Seattle whale watching tours whale watching tours, seattle. The first park in the world dedicated to whale watching was created here. Every trip is led by a certified marine naturalist whose knowledge and passion for vancouver islands marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry, and every vessel in our fleet is equipped with hydrophones to bring the underwater experience to light.
Orca whales usually pass through the islands in greatest numbers between midmay and midoctober when the salmon runs are. The greatest whale watching value in the state just 30 minutes from seattle. Going whalewatching in september the seattle times. Whale watching like northwest locals do originally published may 1, 2017 at 4. Their discover the past walking tours, bus tours of victoria, butchart gardens tickets with bus service, and high tea available, 3 course dinner at the q andor high tea in the.
Seattle is known for many thingsfor major attractions like the space needle, for amazing outdoorsy activities within and near the city, and for fresh and local foods. Gray whales migrate past seattle, washington, each year on their way to alaska. If you are looking for a kayak tour near seattle, the sheltered waters of the san juan islands are the perfect place. San juan safaris is pleased to offer military personnel, active or retired, and. Orca quest cruise in kenai fjords major marine tours. The cruise leaves directly from downtown seattle, allowing us to skip the traffic and get right out on the water. Whale watching near seattle western prince whale watching. Tillicum excursion cruise to blake island argosy cruises. Orca whales usually pass through the islands in greatest numbers between midmay and midoctober when the salmon runs are strongest, although its possible to spot them. Sea quest kayak tours and whale watching trips 41,438 views. Humpback whale likely dead after it was hit by ferry near.
Certified marine naturalistbiologist on board each tour. It is not uncommon to have nearly 90 whales playing the waters near seattle. Timing depends on which types of whales you want to see and the operating seasons of the whale watching tours. This deal cannot be combined with promotion codes or other discounts and is valid on whale watching tours only. Looking for a whale watching or marine wildlife tour from seattle in washington state. Island explorer 4 is the favorite boat for many of our guests. We only have the one shot and want to make sure we use a good solid company. Three excellent options for puget sound whale watching or sea life viewing while in the seattle washington area. Please refer to our map page or our killer whale watching info page to see. Sea quest kayak trip being examined by a spyhopping killer whale near seattle, wa. At this time of year, pa is the best spot on the washington coast to see humpback whales, and the tour, which leaves right from the pa dock downtown, will also take you to where you can see orcas. Orca whale watching from seattle island adventures. Seattle whale watching tours the seattle metros only halfday whale watching tour.
Our experienced, passionate team of captains and naturalists love to share our vast knowledge of whales, wildlife, and their beautiful pacific northwest home with travelers from near. Choice of open zodiac or covered vessel full length cruiser suits xs to xxl for protection from ocean spray and cool air zodiac tours only a hydrophone underwater microphone for listening to whales. Whale watching is most popular april through september and usually focuses on the area around the san juan islands. You can enjoy marine wildlife with whale watching from seward in kenai fjords national park. Three generations of family ownership have made the tour operators at puget sound express some of the most knowledgeable around. Coast guard approved vessels for a private whale watch and wildlife tour from san juan island near seattle, wa. Providing high quality tours for over 30 years, we are the longest operating whale watch company in the san juan islands 90 miles north of seattle, and with that experience, we make every one of our tours a unique adventure. Many people are unaware that the traditional travel pattern of our local resident orca whales take them south into the puget sound in late october. For the best whale watching in seattle, enjoy the beauty of san juan island on a whale watching cruise from friday harbor, a quaint town on the island. The san juan islands of washington are famous as the top orca whale watching location in the united states. Mar 11, 2017 this is an 12hour tour departing seattle at 8. Whether you want to go whale watching for orcas, humpbacks, grays or beluga whales, most alaska whale watching tours are just an easy day cruise away.
See orcas, humpback whales, and all the majestic wildlife throughout the salish sea on our tour out of edmonds just a few minutes north of seattle. All the ones i have seen leave from orcas island or anacortes area, and unfortunately i am only in seattle for a short amount of time but dont want to miss out on orcas whale. Whale watching seattle or victoria eagle wing tours. San juan island is considered the best place to view orca whales because of the large salmon population, which is their primary food source. Whether it is a school field trip, family reunion, company outing, wedding group or any other special occasion. Joining a whale watching tour makes spotting whales of all sorts much more likely. Tour leaders have resources that help them know where the whales are hanging out each day, but that doesnt mean its the only way to go whale watching. Jun 23, 2016 my husband and i took the whale watching tour while visiting seattle. Generally, summer months will offer more opportunities to see orcas from more whale watching companies whale watching tours do not at this point, leave from downtown seattle. The san juan islands, located 140 km north of seattle in the heart of salish sea, is the most famous place for orca whale watching. San juan cruises has three whale watching tours a deluxe whale watch including a free salmon lunch and friday harbor visit, a halfday whale watching tour with a free lasagna lunch, and an evening whale watching tour that includes our delicious lasagna and caesar salad dinner. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs hhmi biointeractive video duration.
From here, youll board a 12passenger openair, zodiacstyle boat, embarking on a 3 to 3. Boat crew and captain very knowledgeable, and we saw two pods of whales, a bald eagle and sea lions. Whale watching tour companies seattle forum tripadvisor. We have listed below several whale watching boats and charter operators operating out of seattle. Spend an afternoon learning about whales and sealife with a day trip from seattle to victoria, bc to for an exhilarating threehour whale watching tour. Weather was beautiful so that added to our positive experience. Private charters with san juan excursions, whale watching. Seattle whale watching tours, whale watching from friday harbor, san juan island washington, public tours and private boat charters with western prince. Guaranteed whale watching tours puget sound express. With some research and planning, you can go whale watching in seattle and other puget sound cities on your own. Whale watching vancouver or seattle vancouver forum.
With over 70 whales belonging to these families, transient orcas, and humpback whales youll have plenty of opportunities for an encounter with these magnificent creatures. The thrill of seeing a spout, or better yet, a breaching whale as it prepares to dive makes a fun adventure. Get up close with the orca whales off the san juan islands near seattle on this 4hour whalewatching cruise. Puget sound express familyrun whale watching tours. All the best things to do in seattle tours northwest. Today, we will enjoy a relaxing day trip whale watching around san juan island.755 1330 1116 1145 157 127 1570 1145 1085 86 1592 237 315 1484 1278 888 840 500 1023 1025 767 490 187 1093 1474 854 297 820 651 1442 1206 162 1076 633 829