Port Townsend Bird Watching Tours

Port Townsend is home to two National Marine Wildlife Refuges, providing amazing access to world-class bird watching opportunities.

Just off of Port Townsend are Protection Island and Smith Island Wildlife Refuges. Nearly 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Straits nest here, including one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world as well as the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington. The area contains one of the last 2 nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area.

Whether you are a “lister” or an explorer, the marine environment near Port Townsend offers tremendous birdwatching opportunities. Puget Sound Express offers the Pacific Northwest’s only birdwatching tours dedicated to getting you out to see marine birds.

3-day Audubon Bird Watching Cruise

April 15-17

Join the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society on an amazing bird watching and wildlife cruise in the San Juan Islands. Enjoy days on the water, and evenings at Roche Harbor. (Departs from Sequim; 30 minutes east of PT)

Puffin and Bird Migration Cruises

April – December

In partnership with The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, join us to look for Tufted Puffins, as well as Spring and Fall Bird Migration Cruises. Whether you are a lister or an explorer, these cruises are for you!

3-day San Juan Islands Wildlife cruise

October 1-3

Selected by National Geographic as one of the World’s Top 3 destinations; The San Juan Islands offer whales, wildlife, and a dizzying array of seabirds. Enjoy days on the water, and evenings on San Juan Island.

The Hanke Family

from our family to yours

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.