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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 two most popular destinations on the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend and Port Angeles, 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:

Port Townsend Half Day Whale Watching Tour

This tour allows you to experience all the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. Being the fastest guaranteed whale watch on the peninsula, you’ll have more time to explore Olympic National Park, Sequim’s lavender fields and Port Townsend. Your guides will search for orcas (killer whales), minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales.

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.

Young orca (killer whale) alongside its mother
Young orca (killer whale) alongside its mother (Photo: by Bart Rulon courtesy Puget Sound Express)

Port Angeles Half Day Whale Watching Tour

Departing Port Angeles mid-day, this tour allows you to experience whale watching after a morning spent exploring Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. This tour can range to include the San Juan Islands, Victoria, B.C., and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On board, your guides will look for orcas (killer whales), humpbacks and minke whales.

Trips run May – October, and feature an on-board naturalist.

Humpback whale in Puget Sound
Humpback whale in Puget Sound (Photo: by Bart Rulon courtesy 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.

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.

For more information and to reserve online:
360-385-5288
227 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
www.PugetSoundExpress.com