Named “Washington State’s Top Attraction” in the 2017 USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, San Juan Island is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest. Once a mountain range carved out by glaciers, the 100-million-year-old San Juan Islands are now an archipelago home to stunning windswept grasslands and Madrona-filled forests and a flurry of fun activities ranging from hiking and beachcombing to kayaking and sailing.

The area is also world-renowned for wildlife. As you cruise through the channels surrounding the island, you’ll have a chance to meet the “real locals,” which in this case includes amazing orca and humpback whales as well as porpoises. Combine these features with terrific inns and resorts and it is easy to see why the island is such a popular retreat.

Seattle to San Juan Islands Whale Watching & Sealife Search Day Trip

Catch sight of breaching whales and stunning sealife

Get the camera ready as we cruise out of Pier 69 on the ONLY San Juan Islands whale watching day trip departing from Seattle! Soak in marvelous mountain views of the stately Cascade Range as you travel underneath the impressive Deception Pass Bridge along your journey to experience mighty orca whales breach, splash and play in their natural habitat.

Seattle to San Juan Island Overnight with Whale Watching

Feel the rhythm of island time PLUS whale watching

Experience life on “island time” with a San Juan Island overnight getaway in Friday Harbor! This gem of an island offers something for everyone, with a variety of activities ranging from kayaking the sparkling waters of the Haro Strait to hiking through dense forest to of course…fantastic orca whale watching!

"This boat trip was absolutely amazing… The San Juan Islands are a must, aboard the Clipper."

- Jonathan C., Boston, MA
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"Our trip was amazing. We had whale sightings 30 minutes into our trip. We saw 3 different species of whale, porpoises, American bald eagles, and seals the entire day."

- Van Nita S.
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"Very professional staff. Comfortable boat. Beautiful scenery and whales. What’s not to like?"

- Marty B., Olympia, WA
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San Juan Island Overnight Packages

Stay a night or two on San Juan Island with an overnight package and see more of picturesque Friday Harbor. Check out the island’s hidden gems on an overnight stay or use the island as a gateway to Orcas, Lopez and Shaw Island as well as Victoria, BC!

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San Juan Island Day Trips

Easily reachable from downtown Seattle via the San Juan Clipper, the San Juan Islands are the perfect day trip for anyone visiting Seattle. Hop on the speedy San Juan Clipper and spend the day searching for our beloved resident orcas or pay a visit to the quaint town of Friday Harbor.

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