Port Townsend – San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour
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 ferry route between Port Townsend and Friday Harbor; we are the only company on the Olympic Peninsula that offers a day-long tour combining whale watching with a port of call on San Juan Island. One way passenger ferry reservations are also available, which is great for arranging for longer stays on San Juan Island.
Our round trip tour departs Port Townsend at 9am and heads across the magnificent Strait of Juan de Fuca, to the San Juan Islands. Along the way, the natural history and wildlife are pointed out by our trained marine naturalist. Usually, about ninety minutes into the cruise, orca whales are sighted along the western flanks of San Juan Island.
Once everyone has had a wonderful encounter with the orcas, it is time to move into the islands and our port of call, Friday Harbor. This was once a small fishing village that has now grown into one of the Pacific Northwest’s top destinations. Here passengers can browse the many shops along Spring Street and enjoy great local cuisine that the many restaurants have to offer.
- Heading to San Juan Island for a kayak tour? No problem. We are happy to transport your kayak on the boat for a small fee..
- Planning to bike around San Juan Island? No problem. For a small fee, we can take your bicycle too!
After a two hour layover, it is time to head out for more wildlife. Besides the orcas, there are many other species of whales and marine mammals to show you along the way home. It is not uncommon to see minke whales as well as gray and humpback whales all in one day. Stellar and California sea lions dot the many coast lines we pass by. Dall’s porpoises are often found in close proximity to the orca whales and can be seen playing in the bow wake.
We make it back to Port Townsend by 5pm, making this a great way to combine; your vacation on the Olympic Peninsula, a day in the San Juan Islands, plus a whale watch experience.