Guaranteed
Humpback Whale watch tours from
Port Angeles WA
5 – 6 hour tours, August 23 – November 30

Humpback underbelly (Photo by Michael Colahan — www.picturepangea.com)

(Photo by Michael Colahan — www.picturepangea.com)

(Photo by Island Adventures Staff)

(Photo by Island Adventures Staff)

(Photo by Island Adventures Staff)

(Photo by Island Adventures Staff)

(Photo by Bart Rulon — www.bartrulon.com)

(Photo by Bart Rulon — www.bartrulon.com)

As the summer starts to fade into fall, many whale watching companies call it quits and prepare to hibernate for the winter. Not us! Starting in August, we move one of our whale watching vessels from Anacortes to Port Angeles for the next big round of whale watching. Port Angeles is the best departure point in Washington State for Humpback sightings.

It would be crazy to call it a season just as the “big guys” were showing up…

By “big guys” we mean Humpback whales, the massive baleen whales that have helped make Maui so famous. The great heard of North Pacific Humpbacks has been growing in numbers in recent years. As their numbers grow they are returning to the rich feeding areas of the Strait on Juan de Fuca creating the best cold water Humpback viewing in Washington State. They often reach over 50’ in length and weight over 30 tons. In other words…big guys! Their pectoral fins are as long as many recreational boats! These animals are by far the most charismatic of all the baleen whales.

This is also the time of year when chances are highest to see all four types of whales on one tour (Orcas, Minkes, Humpbacks, and Grays)! The resident and /or transient Orcas are in the area on most days, Minke whales are still feeding on the banks in the strait, and even a few gray whales make their way back into the sound on their southerly migration to Baja. Also in the fall, we’re seeing the huge Stellar sea lions, Elephant seals, harbor seals, Dall’s and harbor porpoises, and many types of seabirds now in winter plumage — all make for great photo opportunities!

The Island Explorer is the best whale watching boat in the area. She has a huge upper viewing deck, large heated cabin and a state of the art sound system that will enhance your whale watching experience. There are 100s of feet of outside rail viewing space, so everyone gets a front row view of the whales!

We always suggest to dress warm. Although the Island Explorer is very comfortable, you’ll want to spend lots of time outside. There are hot food and drinks available for sale onboard, free binocular use, and a free wildlife viewing guide on every tour. We also suggest you bring your camera! Check out our 2014 photo contest and our Flickr Group.

Port Angeles is on the Northern Coast of the Olympic Peninsula, right on HWY 101. Many guests visit Olympic Peninsula to see the Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent, and Hurricane Ridge, but more and more are going out west to see Humpback whales. If you are already on the Olympic or Kitsap Peninsulas, this tour is a MUST DO; if you’re in Seattle or Tacoma, it is a popular day trip. Many whale watchers will spend the night and go two days in a row — this trip is that good!

Our route each day is determined by the morning’s whale information from our sighting network, other wildlife in the area, and the weather. It’s not determined by a ferry schedule or pre-determined route. Our goal is to show our guests as much wildlife as possible every day. View larger map.



































August 23 – September 1
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$79 for adults
$29 for children

Prices

$109 Adults
$99 Discounts*
$49 Children ages 3–12
FREE Children 2 & under
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September 2 – November
Check schedule for dates and availability.

$69 for adults
$29 for children

Prices

$99 Adults
$89 Discounts*
$49 Children ages 3–12
FREE Children 2 & under
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*Discounts for seniors over 65, active military, groups of 10+, AAA, students with ID.

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