Seattle Whale Watching Tours

Check out the ONLY Seattle whale watching tours that leave direct from downtown at Pier 69! The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and biologically rich areas teeming with an array of spectacular wildlife. One of the best places to see orca whales as well as humpback, gray and minke whales breach, splash, feed and play in their natural habitat.

Our popular full-day Seattle to San Juan Island whale watching tour includes a pass underneath historic Deception Pass bridge as well as a stopover in beautiful Friday Harbor, WA located in the San Juan Islands. Our half-day Seattle whale watching tour is a great option for those visiting Seattle who have limited time and want to only do whale watching.

Both whale watching tours feature an onboard expert naturalist who guides and educates passengers about local wildlife and whale conservation throughout the trip. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll be offered a free trip. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Seattle Whale Watching as well as frequently asked questions to learn more about our tours and and we look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Seattle to San Juan Island Day Trip with Whale Watching

APR - OCT 2022 | Fri - Mon

Spend a day with orcas, humpback, minke whales and our expert naturalist as you cruise through the waters of the Salish Sea aboard our high-speed San Juan Clipper vessel on a San Juans whale watching adventure. Cruise under historic Deception Pass Bridge and enjoy a stopover in charming Friday Harbor on San Juan Island following your time spotting whales. Return to Seattle having enjoyed the perfect Pacific Northwest day!

Seattle Whale Watching Tour (Half-Day)

MAY - OCT 2022 | Tue - Thur

Experience the ONLY half-day Seattle whale watching tour that departs directly from downtown! Embark on a 4-6 hour (depending on sighting locations) adventure aboard the San Juan Clipper fast ferry as an expert naturalist helps you spot orca, humpback whales and other sealife. Whale sightings are guaranteed! The perfect PNW summer adventure on the Salish Sea! Departs and returns from Pier 69 on Seattle waterfront.


"What a great time! Saw orcas, a humpback and minke whales and loved every minute of it. Very professional staff."

- Marty B., Olympia, WA TripAdvisor


"This was wonderful. Our naturalist kept us informed during the total excursion… We have taken many tours in many countries, and this was the most enjoyable one yet."

- Deborah K., North Dakota TripAdvisor

"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. Facebook

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