Seattle, WA – May 8, 2017 – Orca whale watching season has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and there is no better way to view these magnificent mammals than on a Clipper Vacations’ Seattle to San Juan Islands Whale Watching and Sealife Search Day Trip. Departing from Pier 69 on Seattle’s waterfront, the San Juan Clipper is the only whale-watching vessel to depart from Seattle. The vessel makes a brief stop in Friday Harbor to drop off ferry-only passengers before departing on the optional 2.5-hour whale-watching excursion.

With three viewing decks, both indoor and outdoor, passengers are offered unmatched views of both local wildlife and the scenic San Juan Islands. Whether in the open air or behind the large windows on the enclosed decks, passengers enjoy 2.5 hours in search of orcas, minkes, humpbacks and more. Clipper’s experienced naturalists will educate passengers throughout the trip and instill upon them a greater appreciation of local marine wildlife.

“After a long, gray Seattle spring, the summer forecast is strong and the San Juan Islands are the perfect relaxing outdoor adventure to see our region’s amazing orca whales in action,” said Jason Mihok, a veteran Captain of the San Juan Clipper. “The trip makes for a great summer day trip to get out on the water, learn about some amazing wildlife and enjoy a beautiful stopover in Friday Harbor.”

Following the whale watching excursion, passengers have the opportunity to explore Friday Harbor during a two-hour stop on picturesque San Juan Island. Here they can visit the whale museum, explore shops and art galleries, or grab a quick bite to eat before heading back to Seattle. For those who would prefer not to dine in Friday Harbor, there are a variety of food options available on the San Juan Clipper. Those wishing to see more of the island should consider booking a Clipper hotel overnight package.

The Whale Watching and Sealife Search package is $99 pp for adults and $25 for children 11 and under when booked at least one day in advance. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 800-888-2535 or visit

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Clipper, operator of Clipper Vacations, is well known as the travel experts for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Since 1986, Clipper has provided transportation, tours and accommodation packages for more than eight million customers. Clipper offers opportunities to experience picturesque and popular destinations, such as: cosmopolitan Seattle or Vancouver, walkable Victoria, the peaceful San Juan Islands, vibrant Portland, and the beauty of Vancouver Island.

Whale Watching Trip Itinerary:

  • 8:15 am – Depart Seattle, Pier 69
  • 11:45 am – Arrive Friday Harbor
  • 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Whale and Sealife Search
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Free time in Friday Harbor
  • 5:00 pm Depart Friday Harbor
  • 7:45 pm Arrive Seattle, Pier 69

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