Guided Tours

Whale Watching Tours with Puget Sound Express

Exciting whale watching tours and wildlife tours around the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands.

There are few sights as magical as watching a whale breaching out on the stunning waters of Puget Sound. Departing from the charming Victorian seaport of Port Townsend on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound Express offers guaranteed whale sightings on half, full and three day tours.

This third generation, family run company is dedicated to sharing the natural wonders of Puget Sound with visitors. An on board naturalist will teach you about the ecology of the area over a loud speaker.

On nice days, head out to the wraparound deck to feel the sea breeze and scan the horizon for whales. If the weather gets cold or if you’re tired of standing, head inside to your dedicated indoor table, each of which offers large windows to keep an eye on the water.

When you get hungry, stop by the onboard snack bar for a piece of Sherri’s famous blueberry buckle in addition to packaged snacks and beverages.

Pick the tour that best suites your needs:

Four-Hour Whale Watching Tour (Port Townsend)

The perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule. Departing in the morning, fast and comfortable 40-seat Red Head seeks out orcas (killer whales), minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales to give you a guaranteed whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands.

Trips run April – October, and feature an on-board naturalist. If the whales are “singing,” you’ll be able to hear them with the boat’s hydrophone.

An orca breaching the water in Puget Sound. Courtesy photo
An orca breaching the water in Puget Sound. Courtesy photoCourtesy Puget Sound Express

Port Townsend – San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

The signature tour of Puget Sound Express is a daylong cruise on the Glacier Spirit which combines orca watching with an on-board naturalist, and a tour of the beautiful San Juan Islands. You will visit the popular town of Friday Harbor for shopping, island cuisine, and sightseeing.

This San Juan Islands trip is also the official passenger ferry route between Port Townsend and San Juan Island, and in addition to seeing killer whales, passengers often see minke whales, Stellar and California sea lions and Dall’s porpoises. The full-day tour runs May – September.

An orca pod. Courtesy photo
An orca pod. Courtesy photo

3-Day San Juan Islands Wildlife Cruises

Join Puget Sound Express for an exciting three-day cruise through the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. Selected by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 3 destinations, the waters around the San Juan Islands are home to orcas, minke whales, gray whales, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoise, otters, and a dizzying array of seabirds.

Ocean wildlife relaxing on the rocks in Puget Sound. Courtesy photo
Ocean wildlife relaxing on the rocks in Puget Sound. Courtesy photo

For more information and to reserve online:
227 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368