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 transient orca killer whales as well as humpback, gray and minke whales breach, splash, feed and play in their natural habitat.

Our popular half-day Seattle whale watching tour runs May – October and is a great option (and the most convenient!) for those visiting Seattle looking for a fun day on the water whale watching. If you’re visiting Seattle in March and April, our Seattle gray whale watching tour provides a unique opportunity to view the gray whale seasonal migration to Alaska. Have a group of 10 or more? Contact our Group Travel team for a discount!

All FRS Clipper 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 Gray Whale Watching Tour

Mar - Apr, 2024

Share the Sound with some 35 ton visitors on a Seattle gray whale watching tour aboard the San Juan Clipper departing direct from downtown Seattle’s Pier 69! With the guidance of FRS Clipper’s expert onboard naturalist, you will be on the lookout for these huge special whales as they migrate north. A unique, limited time opportunity!

Seattle Whale Watching Tour (Half-Day)

May - Oct, 2024

Experience the ONLY half-day Seattle whale watching tour that departs directly from downtown! Embark on a 3-5 hour (depending on sighting locations) adventure aboard the San Juan Clipper fast ferry as an expert naturalist helps you spot transient orcas, 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 the 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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