San Juan Islands Whale Watching

Mainland Charters and Outfitters

San Juan Excursions San Juan Excursions

Orca sightings 90% of the time, Heated cabins, padded outdoor seating, Certified Naturalist Guides. 800-80-WHALE

If you want to go whale watching among the San Juan Islands as a day trip from elsewhere in the Puget Sound region, look for an operator departing from the city or town you will be visiting. Those ports are listed alphabetically below. On the other hand, if you are staying overnight on one of the Islands, you may want to use a local charter or outfitter. Also, some operators have departures from both the islands and the mainland.

In addition to whale watching opportunities, each of these ports offer a variety of accommodations from bed and breakfast lodging to hotels and motels should you wish to make an overnight trip and enjoy your whale watching outing at a more leisurely pace. To learn more about each port, just click on the city name.

For more on whales and whale watching, see our related links page.

Remember, whale watching is a popular activity and it is a good idea to call ahead and make reservations in advance of the date you might want to join a whale watching cruise.

Island Adventures, Inc. 1801 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Phone: 360-293-2428; Toll-free: 1-800-465-4604; Fax: 360-299-8708 E-mail

Island Adventures welcomes you to an outstanding whale watching experience! Anacortes is the ideal departure point as there is no need to hassle with the ferry! On our 5-6 hour Island AdventuresGUARANTEED whale watching tours you have to opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. You can expect many including a full time naturalist on every trip, free binocular use, a 64 page wildlife viewing guide, on board food service, two spacious bathrooms, full walk around viewing decks, and a large indoor heated cabin. This tour was voted the #1 whale watching tour in western Washington three years in a row!


Anacortes Kayak Tours. 2201 Skyline Way, Suite 203, Anacortes, WA 98221. Phone: 360-588-1117; Toll-free: 1-800-992-1801. E-mail

Island Adventures, Inc. 1801 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Phone: 360-293-2428; Toll-free: 1-800-465-4604; Fax: 360-299-8708 E-mail

Mystic Sea Charters. Homeport, Anacortes, WA. Ticket Booth and boarding at Cap Sante Marina, Dock A, Anacortes, WA. Mail: 819 Commercial Avenue, Suite E, Anacortes, WA 98221. Toll-Free: 1-800-308-9387. E-mail


Island Mariner Cruises. 5 Harbor Esplanade, Bellingham, WA 98225. Phone: 360-734-8866; Toll-free: 1-877-734-8866; Fax: 360-734-8867. E-mail

San Juan Island Shuttle Express. 355 Harris Avenue, #105, Bellingham, WA, 98225. Phone: 360-671-1137.

Victoria-San Juan Cruises. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Suite 104, Bellingham, WA 98225. Phone: 360-738-8099; Toll-free: 1-800-443-4552. E-mail


Mosquito Fleet. 1724 W. Marine View Drive, Everett, WA 98201. Phone: 425-252-6800; Toll-free: 1-800-325-ORCA (6722); Fax: 425-339-8353. E-mail

La Conner

Viking Cruises. PO Box 327, 109 N. First Street, La Conner, WA 98257. Phone: 360-466-2639; Fax: 360-466-2124. E-mail

Port Townsend

Captain Jack's Sea Charters. PO Box 214, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Phone: 379-4033; Toll-free: 1-866-OrcaJack (672-2522); Fax: 360-385-6967. E-mail

Puget Sound Express. Point Hudson Marina, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Phone: 360-385-5288; Fax: 360-732-0448. E-mail


Adventure Associates. PO Box 16304, Seattle, WA 98116. Phone: 206-932-8352;

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