Orcas Island Whale & Wildlife Watching
When “Free Willy II” was filmed in the San Juan Islands, one of our local whale watch operators played the Coastal Marine Patrol and took the cast and crew out for a whale watch tour to see orca whales in their natural habitat.
Whatever tour you choose, you’ll have the chance to see orcas, minke whales, harbor seals, Dall’s and harbor porpoise, bald eagles, ospreys, cormorants, great blue herons, and other seabirds; seasonally, look for Steller and California sea lions, gray whales, and elephant seals. Check with the tour company for reservations and to find out what marine life should be in the area during your Orcas Island vacation.
Professional guided whale and wildlife tours. Boat departs next to the Orcas Island ferry landing. See abundant wildlife and 172+ islands. 56-foot Orcas Express offers heated cabin with seats and tables inside, and top and lower viewing decks. Historic guided lighthouse tours, too. [more...]
Outer Island Expeditions offers whale watching tours -- see whales or ride again free! -- from Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island and the Bellingham area. Last year we saw orcas on over 95% of our summer tours, and whales on 97%. [more...]
Enjoy an informative, narrated cruise through the San Juan Islands in search of orca whales and minke whales. The thrill of seeing one of these majestic creatures will be an unforgettable experience. Discover the other abundant marine life and wildlife that call these waters home. You'll pass by unspoiled, pristine islands and historic landmarks. Established in 1988. [more...]