J22, Oreo, breaches in Rosario Strait

Thank you for your interest in whale watching tours on the Olympic Peninsula!

One of the most popular activities for visitors to the Olympic Peninsula is whale watching. The waters in between Port Townsend and San Juan Island are home to a group of orcas – or killer whales – called “The Southern Residents.” Visiting these creatures and watching them in the wild is a special treat – and a visitor favorite! Depending on the time of year, we may also see humpback whales, minke whales or even gray whales.

Port Townsend is a 45-minute drive from Olympic National Park, and is perhaps the best single departure point for whale watching in the continental United States. In a short period of time, we can go to wherever the whales are, whether points north, south, east, or west.

“This was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen! What a fun fun day – thanks to Pete and Sarah for a great time on the water.” – Kate

The Hanke Family

The Hanke Family

Puget Sound Express is a family-run whale watching business. We’ve been taking visitors to the Olympic Peninsula out on the water for 33 years – and we have three generations of knowledge that helps us guarantee you’ll see whales, or we’ll take you out again for free.

We offer Spring Gray Whale tours, day long whale watching trips to San Juan Island and Friday Harbor, as well as 4 Hour Whale Watching trips.

You can reserve online right now, or call us at (360) 385-5288 to make a reservation.

What’s the ride like?

In a word? Comfy. Our boats are the envy of the whale watching fleet, and are crews are devoted to your comfort and safety.

Glacier Spirit

The Glacier Spirit is considered by many in the Pacific Northwest, the most beautiful and relaxing boat in the whale watch fleet. Passengers love the comfortable inside seating, and the large viewing windows. There is a snack bar, a full certified galley, two restrooms, and an outside viewing deck around the entire cabin. She is also equipped with fully modern navigation equipment and indoor and outdoor speakers. Seats 70

Red Head

The Red Head is the little sister of the Glacier Spirit. She seats 40 quite comfortably, but is faster than the Glacier Spirit making it well suited for our 4 hour tours. Red Head has inside seating for everyone, large windows, full walk around deck, two restrooms, and a hydrophone. She is 56ft long and has two large Lugger diesels allowing her to cruise quietly at over 19 knots.

Port Townsend

While in town, don’t miss all that Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community has to offer. With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste. Learn more at the City’s tourism website – EnjoyPT.com.

Have a great time, and we look forward to seeing you on the water!