For 29 years, Puget Sound Express has set the standard for exciting whale watching tours and wildlife tours around the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. Based in the Victorian seaport and arts community of Port Townsend, Washington, we are a family-run business with three generations of dedication and experience connecting visitors with the great outdoors.
Puget Sound Express offers a variety of adventure cruises for you to choose from – all easily accessible from Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Peninsula:
Join Puget Sound Express May 7-9, 2014 and September 28-30, 2014 for exciting 3 day cruises through the San Juan Islands in 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 (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoise, otters, and a dizzying array of seabirds.
Each spring, migrating gray whales pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, providing an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about these amazing mammals. We run half-day whale tours March 15-April 30, 2014 to see the grays. This tour is a guaranteed whale watching experience.
The perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule! Departing in the morning, our fast and comfortable vessel Olympas seeks out orcas, minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales to give you a guaranteed whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands.
Trips run May – September, 2014, and feature an on-board naturalist. If the whales are “singing,” you’ll be able to hear them with our hydrophone.
- Reserve 10am tour online (May – September)
- Reserve 2:30pm tour online (June – August)
Our signature tour, this daylong cruise on the 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.
Produced in partnership with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, our three-hour Spring and Fall Bird Migration Cruises coincide with annual migrations of loons, phalaropes, mergansers, merlins, bald eagles, oystercatchers, harlequin ducks, murrelets, auklets, and more.
Naturalists from the Marine Science Center serve as on-board interpreters and provide commentary on local birds, mammals, geology, history and weather.
Produced in partnership with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, our three-hour Protection Island Cruises head just outside of Port Townsend for summer evening visits with thousands of rhinoceros auklets, glaucous-winged gulls, pigeon guillemots, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, black oystercatchers.
The prize of the trip, however, is the chance to see pairs of pairs of tufted puffins.