Port Angeles Whale Watching Tours from the Olympic Peninsula: Leave from Port Angeles or even Sequim for short transit times and long whale watching times.
Majestic Olympic Mountains soar to the south. Vancouver Island rises to the north and west. The San Juan Islands dot the Salish Sea to the north and east. Calm waters and beautiful scenery make the perfect backdrop in an area known for excellent whale watching and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Here, the beautiful, calm inland waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca play host to five types of whales: gray, minke, southern resident orca, transient orca, and humpback; not to mention a wide variety of marine birds, such as puffins, loons, mergansers, harlequin ducks, bald eagles, and many more. Other marine life thrives here, such as porpoises, harbor seals and stellar sea lions.
The Pacific Northwest resident orca whales can be seen throughout the year, but the best times to spot them are March through November. They can be seen traveling singly, in pairs, mother and baby, or in pods of up to 50 individuals.
Each of the following whale watching tour companies has very good TripAdvisor ratings, experienced and knowledgeable crews, and comfortable amenities.
Port Angeles Whale Watch
Located at Boat Haven, Marine Dr., Port Angeles, WA 98363
Certificates of Excellence from 2012 - 2015
Fares range from $29/children to $99/adults, children 2 and under are free; check the website for current schedules, fares and discounts.
Port Angeles Whale Watch is a subsidiary of Island Adventures Whale Watching.
Evening Magazine voted this Port Angeles whale watching tour company #1 in the Pacific Northwest from 2010 through 2015. With three locations in the PNW, Port Angeles, Everett, and Anacortes, Port Angeles Whale Watch offers a variety of tours between March through November.
Their 85-foot (26 m) Island Explorer 4 is fast enough to get you to where the whales are; has a wrap-around viewing deck with full upper deck, hot food and drinks, restrooms and indoor heated cabin. The company offers 4-5-hour whale watching tours from May to November. See their website for details about their locations in Everett and Anacortes.
Best of all, their success rate in finding the whales is unmatched. If your tour fails to find any whales, they will give you as many free trips as it takes until you have gotten what you came for - whale sightings.
The Whale Trail along the Olympic Peninsula coast is a main thoroughfare for migrating whales. The best viewing spots are Kalaloch, Rialto and Shi Shi beaches. Here's a great reference chart for when and where to spot them: https://thewhaletrail.org/where-and-when-to-see-whales
Enjoy your Port Angeles whale watching experience!
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