San Juan Island
The orca whales feed on a diet that is more than 85% Chinook salmon. They travel with their family groups their entire lives, and demonstrate complex social behaviors. In addition to resident orcas, the nomadic or "transient" mammal-eating killer whales are sometimes seen.
Passengers can scan the shorelines for eagles perched in trees, harbor seals and Steller's sea lions, and look for murres, auklets, guillemots and cormorants fishing in open water. Porpoises and minke whales are frequently seen here, and humpbacks are becoming a more common visitor to the Salish Sea as their population increases.
Address: 40 Spring st, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (800) 809-4253 / (360) 378-6636
why you should book: Experience premiere whale watching with San Juan Excursions aboard the 64-foot, twin-engine, classic motor yacht the 'Odyssey'. The largest whale watching boat in the islands, the ‘Odyssey' offers guests excellent, comfortable indoor and outdoor viewing with heated cabins, lounge-style seating, a snack bar, two restrooms, padded outdoor seating, and wrap around decks.
Address: P.O. Box 2424, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (360) 378-5767 / (888) 589-4253
why you should book: Join a "Kayak Quest for Whales"! Our specialty is finding orca whales while kayaking. Sea Quest was selected for National Geographic’s "10 Best Trips in the World for 2011" and for USA Today’s "World's Top 10 Adventure Bargains". Visit our website now to watch fantastic videos made for National Geographic TV and ABC News.
Address: 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (800) 888-2535
why you should book: The only San Juan Islands whale watching tour departing Seattle! Our onboard naturalist will be your wildlife guide to the San Juans— a world-renowned destination for orca whale watching. Day trip and overnight getaways are available. Book today!
Address: 248 Reuben Memorial Dr., Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Phone: (866) 810-1483 / (360) 378-1962
why you should book: San Juan Island Outfitters offers guided Kayak Tours and Whale Watch and Wildlife Tours that depart from our exclusive location at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island – just paddle strokes from Orca Whale territory. Protected waters let kayakers and whale watchers experience marine life in a fun and unique way!