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Whale Watching Tours Near Sequim, Washington

Two Orca Whales Spouting Off in blue water on a sunny daySummer may be coming to an end but the whale watching season continues in the Pacific Northwest. Sequim locals know that this is the best time to catch an exciting whale watching tour without the summer crowds. Just a 30 minute drive north of Sequim, Port Angeles has two excellent touring companies. Both offer tours into the fall months and guarantee whales or the next tour is on them. While this pledge is reassuring, their whale tracking networks combined with the sheer number of whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, make almost all tours a success. Plan an awe-inspiring day trip from Sequim to the open waters teaming with these amazing giants.

Port Angeles Whale Watching Tours

Humpback whale breaching in blue water with coastline in the backgroundYour whale watching adventure begins in the charming Victorian city of Port Angeles just north of Sequim. Here the tour ships head out to the deep waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and visit the San Juan Islands, the Race Rocks Ecological Preserve, or Smith Island. Orca pods are seen on almost every tour but humpback whales are also making a big come back to the region. Other whales have been spotted too, such as Bigg’s killer whales, minke whales and the rare grey whale. Dall’s porpoises also travel in the same waters as Orcas and have very similar coloring. Sea lions, seals, otters, tufted puffin and other wildlife can be seen on rocky islands and beaches along the way.

Island Adventures Whale Watching has an great track record for successful cruises. In fact they’re the only company that posts daily whale reports. Their 4 to 5 hour tours head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, then go east to the San Juan Islands or north to Race Rocks Ecological Preserve. The preserve has elephant seals, Steller sea lions, and sea otter viewing opportunities. The two tour ships have comfortable, heated cabins, viewing decks and galleys. Everything needed for a great day out on the water.

Steller sea lion on the rocks that lie on a small islandPuget Sound Express tours are truly an all day excursion. The 8 hour, roundtrip journey leaves Port Townsend then travels to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Along the way a trained marine naturalist will talk about the natural history of the area and point out wildlife. Once in Friday Harbor, stretch your legs, do some shopping and grab lunch during the 2 hour stop over in this quaint town. Visit The Whale Museum here for even more information about the majestic animals. The return trip includes swinging by Smith Island to view more sea mammals, sunbathing on the rocky shores. You will be blown away by the variety of whales, seals, birds and other wildlife you see on your travels. 

The striking black and white markings of Orcas has become a symbol of the Washington coast. The connection to the wildlife and the beautiful coastline draws people to Sequim and why many make it their hometown. We understand this attraction at Schwab Realty and why our brokers would love to show off our beautiful region on Washington. Contact us today and discover Sequim.