Whale & Wildlife Watching
Magnificent orca (or killer) whales live in the San Juan Islands year round, and this is the best place in the world to see them. You can also view humpbacks, minkes and even gray whales. Three pods, J, K & L—the “Southern Residents”—are typically in the area from spring through fall, while "Transients" can often be seen year round, as well as Steller sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and much more. You'll find a variety of whale and wildlife tour operators to choose from in the listings below —departing from all three islands, in large or small boats. Find out more about the whales when you Follow the Whale Trail.