Whale Watching on the Olympic Peninsula
The Pacific Northwest is known for its pristine natural habitat, and it’s enthusiastic nature-loving population. This couldn’t be more true of the relatively unspoiled habitats west of Seattle, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula, home to charming towns such as Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend, is home to the ruggedly beautiful and wild Olympic National Park, and miles upon miles of untouched beach habitat ripe for exploring. Just off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula is yet another wild habitat just begging to be explored and appreciated; the Straits of Juan de Fuca, which connect the Pacific Ocean to Puget Sound. As we enter into these late months of spring and early months of summer, a whale watching adventure is waiting. Head to Sequim, and learn more about these incredible ocean giants just beyond our midst.
Whale Watching Adventures
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the premiere whale watching destinations in the country, and we’re just entering the best time of year for it. Whale watching is generally good from March through October. During this time, whales migrate from the relatively warm waters off Mexico to their summer destination off the coast of Alaksa, though some choose to stay in the waters of the Salish Sea as well. The Salish Sea offers unprecedented sheltered habitats for the whales, with prime breeding and feeding grounds. The most common types of whales seen here are Orcas, Humpbacks, Gray Whales, and Minke Whales.
There are a few excellent whale watching tour companies that operate in the area. Puget Sound Express, which leaves out of Port Townsend, is the most popular. They have been offering whale watching excursions in the area for over 30 years. Tours begin in March with the advent of the Gray whale migration, followed in April by four-hour guaranteed whale sighting tours, as well as an all day tour that includes a stop in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Puget Sound Express is well-acquainted with the Orcas that reside in the Salish Sea, and they know where to find them.
You can also catch whale watching tours out of Port Angeles from May – October with Island Adventures Whale Watching. Their 4-5 hour whale watching excursions have an unmatched success rate, and they have been voted the #1 tour for several years in a row. The Water Limousine is another tour company, which leaves out of Sequim’s John Wayne Marina. It’s a private charter service offering whale watching excursions from May through September.
Come join us this spring or summer, and learn more about these majestic creatures living just off the coast of Sequim. If you’re in the market and interested in moving here, or if you just want more information about the area, contact one of our helpful Real Estate Brokers today.