Summer 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.
Out in the Salish Sea, between Sequim and Discovery Bay, is a wild place named Protection Island. After years of damage from farming, development and even artillery practice this island wildlife refuge is recovering and thriving. The Shoreline, grasslands and bluffs are the breeding and nesting grounds to a wide variety of bird species. In fact it’s one of only two Puffin breeding grounds left in the Salish Sea. While the island is closed to visitors, boat tours are permitted 200 yards off the shoreline. Booking a summer boat tour is your best chance to view the elusive puffin. The Puget Sound Express offer 3 hour Protection Island Puffin Cruises all summer long. Cruises depart at 6:00 PM from Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan a summer adventure touring the Salish Sea and spotting rare wildlife.