Whale Watching In the Beautiful San Juan Islands

Our passenger-centered approach and reputation for going the distance assure you the best whale watching experience possible. Our whale & wildlife tours are fun, informative and interactive. Great for family groups and guests of all ages, we focus on small group tours so there’s no competition for the best view.

  • The San Juan Islands, just north of Seattle, Washington, is the best place in the world to view orca whales in the wild. Our tours depart from two convenient locations: Snug Harbor on the west side of San Juan Island, and Friday Harbor, within walking distance from the ferry. For more detailed directions, please visit our location page.
  • Spend more time with wildlife and less in transit! Enjoy and experience our regional wildlife with the maximum amount of viewing time.
  • Offering whale watching tours and private charters for small groups assures the most authentic and personalized experience available.
  • We go the distance – In the event whales are outside the common viewing area, we have a reputation for getting you there. We have often seen whales when other local companies have not.
  • Every tour is hosted by two knowledgeable and personable guides, dedicated to helping make the most out of your time on the water. We’ll take great care of you.
  • Extras on board to enhance your experience; quality binoculars, blankets, and hydrophones so you can hear whales too!


June 1 – Sept 30 $129 per person
Oct 1 – May 31 $119 per person

* Rates include all taxes and port fees.


Our whale watching and wildlife tours are two and a half to three hours in length. We operate year round and offer two to three departure times daily. Please contact us for specific times and availability.

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Whale watching and private charters leave daily from San Juan Island. Click below or call 360.378.7996.

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About Our Whale Watching Tour Boats

Our whale watching boats are the newest and fastest vessels departing from San Juan Island. We offer tours from two excellent departure locations, aboard two different types of vessels.

All of our tours, no matter which point of departure, or vessel you choose, have a combination of location, speed & range needed to get you to whales. Each of our vessels has excellent outdoor viewing from the bow and stern decks, as well as unparalleled visibility from large cabin windows. You are never seat-bound, and can move freely between the cabin and all viewing areas. Our boats also have a head, or marine bathroom, for your convenience.

Peregrine Boat
Imagine whale watching boat

Peregrine and Imagine are our two power catamarans that depart from Snug Harbor Resort Marina, on the west side of San Juan Island. Catamarans have two hulls and are known for their stability and seaworthiness. Imagine and Peregrine are smaller boats, offering comfortable whale watching tours for small groups of six passengers or fewer per tour.

J1 whale watching boat

J1, named in honor of the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale, is our newest vessel. Tours on board J1 depart from downtown Friday Harbor next to the ferry landing. J1 is luxurious, smooth riding and very fast. These small group whale watching tours have 12-15 passengers or fewer per tour.

Preparing For Your Whale Watching Tour

What Will the Weather Be Like?

Weather is typically mild in the San Juan Islands, with an average of 247 days of sunshine and about half the rain of Seattle.

high temp (F)
low temp (F)
precipitation (in)
January 47 36 3.29
February 49 36 2.49
March 53 38 2.33
April 58 41 1.89
May 63 45 1.80
June 67 48 1.29
July 71 51 0.80
August 71 51 1.06
September 67 48 1.33
October 59 44 2.97
November 50 38 4.82
December 46 34 3.54
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As members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we practice responsible and respectful whale watching.

photo of a family on bow of the Legacy

What Do I Wear?

In the Pacific Northwest, we believe in layers! For summer adventures, bring lighter layering options such as t-shirts, sweatshirt or light jacket and pants. For early Spring, Fall and Winter tours, bring heavier layers; a heavier warm jacket and close-toed shoes. With an average of 247 days of sunshine, we always recommend that you bring sunglasses.

What Do I Bring?

In addition to your sunglasses, we suggest you bring your camera, sunscreen, and a hat. and your favorite binoculars. We do keep multiple pairs of binoculars on board and some spare items for your comfort and convenience. There’s no need to worry if you’ve forgotten something.

 What If It Rains?

Our tours go out rain or shine, but they are weather dependent. We do not go out in excessively heavy rain, big seas or thick fog. We are inland from the Pacific Ocean and in a rain shadow, so we rarely need to cancel tours.

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