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Washington State Whale Watching

Washington State whale watching is considering among the best in the world. Visitors and residents are treated year-round to sightings of orca whales (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, and humpback whales.

Some of the best sightings are made from whale watching cruises that set out from several Washington waterfront destinations and communities. San Juan Island whale watching is the best known in the region, but whale watching tours also operate from Orcas Island and Anacortes as well as Bellingham, Everett, and Port Townsend.

Some of these companies guarantee sightings on every tour, and in part, that's thanks to three resident pods of orca whales that live in the waters around the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound - one of the best studied orca populations in the world.

However, whale migration also makes the Washington state coast great for spotting minke whales, humpback whales (which produce the renown whale songs), and gray whales, which are found only off the coast of Korea and the West Coast of North America as they migrate from Alaska to the Baja Peninsula in Northern Mexico.

While Washington State whale watching is one of the most popular attractions in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, Washington coast vacations also provide stunning looks at many species of birds and marine life, including seals and sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles, albatrosses, pelicans, and other seabirds.

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There are currently 19 listings related to this category.

American Camp

Friday Harbor, WA

U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines spent 12 tense years on San Juan Island before Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany…

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Anacortes Kayak Tours


1801 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA, 98221

Anacortes Kayaking Tours offers sea kayaking adventure trips leaving from Anacortes and heading into the beauty of…

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Deception Pass Tours

(360) 679-7222

41229 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA, 98277

Learn about Deception Pass, the Bridge and surrounding area on this amazing tour aboard the “Island Whaler.” Enjoy…

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Discover Sea Kayak

(360) 378-2559

185 First St., Friday Harbor, WA, 98250

The San Juan Islands are best known as a vacation destination for sea kayak tours and whale watching. Discovery Sea…

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Elakah Expeditions

(360) 734-7270

Bellingham, WA, 98228

Elakah offers guided sea kayaking tours in Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. Their half-day, full-day and…

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Emerald Isle Sailing Charters

(360) 376-3472

202 Blanchard #8, Eastsound, WA, 98245

Discover the hidden side of the Pacific Northwest coast while sailing the San Juan Islands, Great Bear Rain forest,…

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