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36th anniversary family business

Three generations of our family have helped visitors have life-changing experiences with some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. We’re blessed to live in what’s been called “the American Serengeti,” with some of the highest concentration of whales and dolphins and sea life anywhere in the world — including our totem species, the orca. Few people know these waters like we do. Our experience and dedication makes it possible for us to guarantee that you’ll see whales on your trip — or we’ll give you another trip absolutely free.

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    Peter Hanke

    Grand Dad


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    Sue Hanke

    Grand Mom


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    Pete Hanke


    Captain & Boss Man

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    Sherri Hanke


    Boss Woman

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    Sarah Hanke


    Sales Director

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    Christopher Hanke


    Operations Manager

Our Commitment to Health & Safety

From all of us here at Puget Sound Express, thank you for visiting our website and sharing your interest for the wildlife that call this area home. We are open and resuming whale watching tours. We feel the positive energy customers have shared with us in their eagerness to join us again and thank you for your continued support! This lifts our spirits and encourages us to stay connected to the goal of serving you.

As a third generation family business it is paramount to all of us that we get this right so that your journey is both memorable and safe. In order for that to happen we have created new measures on-board to help keep our community and guests healthy.

Social distancing & limited capacity provided on all our vessels.

This is a moving target per vessel and reservations as we plan to seat family’s together, couples together and so forth.

Deck space is still possible for every one and labeled appropriately.


We have enhanced cleaning protocols in place; our boats have bathrooms for handwashing.


As of May 14, 2021, the CDC and the WA Department of Health recommends that unvaccinated individuals wear masks to prevent COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks.

Thank you again for your trust, support and desire to join us out on the water. We humbly respect your personal decision to join us and are eager to share this area and wildlife that call this place home.

The Hankes


  • 3 generations on the water
  • Our Guarantee - see whales or go again free
  • Inside seats for everyone
  • Fun Knowledgeable Crew
  • Responsible Wildlife Viewing
  • 2 Convenient Locations