Puget Sound Express is having a great whale and wildlife watching season so far in 2014. While we wait for the Southern Resident pod of orcas to return to our waters, we’ve been treated to some outstanding shows from transient orcas, sea lions, seals, porpoise, eagles and seabirds.
One of the most impressive displays we’ve seen so far this season was captured by customer Irving Mortensen, who trained his camera on a majestic humpback whale that was breaching near the MV Glacier Spirit. An impressive sight to be sure.
We’re currently running the following tours:
The perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule! Departing in the morning, our fast and comfortable 40-seat M.V. Red Head seeks out orcas, minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales to give you a guaranteed whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands.
Our signature tour, this daylong cruise on the M.V. Glacier Spirit combines orca watching with an on-board naturalist, and a tour of the beautiful San Juan Islands. We 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, we often see minke whales, Stellar and California sea lions and Dall’s porpoises.
We’ve just returned from an outstanding 3-day birdwatching and wildlife cruise in the San Juan Islands. We spent the days cruising the beautiful San Juan Islands looking for orcas, sea birds, shore birds, sea lions, and much more. It was a great trip – spring is arriving in the San Juans.
We hope you enjoy these photos from that cruise (thank you to Peter Wiant for sharing these with us), and we want to remind you that seats are available for our May 7-9 cruise in the San Juans – don’t miss it!
We’ve been in the whale watching business for nearly three decades. During that time, we’ve used a variety of boats to take folks whale watching in the San Juan Islands. However, one of our favorites was a nifty boat called the RED HEAD.
After some time away from Port Townsend in Alaska, it is our great pleasure to welcome the RED HEAD back home to Puget Sound Express for the 2014 whale watching season. Seating 40 comfortably, this great boat will serve as the new primary vessel for our 4-Hour whale watching tours, which begin on May 1 – and we’re also using it for our Gray Whale tours through the end of April. It is just about as fast as the boat we have been using, the Olympus, but it is much roomier and rides much more smoothly on the water. We know you’ll love it – and it will make the already fun 4 hour trips even that much better.
Pete, Christopher, Trevor, and Ashley sailed the RED HEAD down from Alaska, and we’ve spent the springtime getting her ready for you. (That trip was an adventure – be sure to ask about it on your next cruise!)
As the weather begins to warm, one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures begins a long journey that happens to pass right by the Pacific Northwest!
Gray whales are 50-70ft long baleen whales that migrate between feeding and breeding grounds each year. In March and April they pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, providing an excellent opportunity for us land lubbers to visit with and learn about these whales.
As you might guess, gray whales are…dark slate-gray in color, and their skin is often marked by scars and discolored patches caused by parasites that have fallen off the whale or are still attached. They have two blowholes on top of their head, which can create a distinctive V-shaped blow.
We’ll be starting tours on March 15, 2014. If the weather looks rough, we’ll reschedule for a nicer tday. We leave Port Townsend at 10am and travel south to Everett, WA. The trip lasts about 4 to 5 hours and the waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. This is a guaranteed tour, if you do not see gray whales on this tour we will issue a voucher good for another tour.