Tours & activities by Travora Media from Viator

  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
From USD $103.40

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Enjoy whale watching and a San Juan Island day trip from Seattle! This is the only cruise that leaves directly from downtown Seattle, allowing you to skip the traffic and get out on the water. With the guidance of a trained onboard naturalist, you will be taken to an area world-renowned for wildlife, where you will be on the lookout for orca, minke and humpback whales as well as Dall’s porpoise, seals, otters, bald eagles and more! Afterwards, you will have a stopover in Friday Harbor for a chance to grab a bite to eat or explore.


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Depart at 8:15 am from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and cruise through Puget Sound toward the San Juan Islands - Seattle's secret playground! The roomy seats have plenty of leg room for a comfortable trip. Step out on the deck for a breath of fresh air and take in the beautiful views or enjoy an onboard meal and beverage at your seat (meals and beverages are not included). On this 3.5-hour scenic route through deception pass, you'll enjoy beautiful island vistas and a multitude of marine wildlife.

Upon arrival in the San Juan Islands take a 2.5-hour Whale & Sealife Cruise and continue your cruise through the waters of the San Juan Islands. The whale watching tour departs Friday Harbor at approximately 12:00 pm and returns at 2:30 pm. This 2.5-hour wildlife adventure is great for viewing orcas and other sea life in their natural habitats. The islands are home to 3 whale families, or pods, that migrate to the island waters for the summer months. You'll then have approximately 2 hours to spend in town shopping and sightseeing from 2:30-4:30 pm. At 5:00 pm you'll begin your trip back Seattle and will arrive at Seattle's Pier 69 at approximately 7:45 pm. Please note: Whale sightings are guaranteed.  If you don’t see whales on your trip, you are given a free trip to come back. 

Please note: Whale sightings are not guaranteed.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pier 69
Departure Time:
  • Depart from Seattle: 8:15 am
  • Arrive at Friday Harbor: 11:45 am 
  • Whale and Sealife Search: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (included) 
  • Free time in Friday Harbor: 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Depart from Friday Harbor: 5:00 pm 
  • Arrive at Seattle: 7:45pm 
Duration 12 hours (approx.) 

Returns to original departure point
12 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Friday Harbor Day Trip & Whale Watching from Seattle

Ferry Service from Seattle

  • Same-day round-trip ferry service
  • 2.5-hour guided cruise on the Whale and Sea Life Search
  • Food and drinks
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This is a passenger-only ferry service. Autos, bikes, etc. are not allowed
    • Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. 
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    Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: SIMIN H, September 2016

    I have a great experience with this trip. The crews are friendly and have shown us different wildlife during the trip.

    Reviewed by: Kelly H, September 2016

    Seeing orcas in the wild was on my bucket list. This tour did not disappoint, We saw a number of orcas, way more than I expected to see. This was the highlight of my three week trip to the USA.