Welcome to the Wild West of whale watching in Washington.
Port Angeles is a premier whale watching destination located just outside the popular Olympic National Park. In recent years, the surrounding waters have become one of the leading destinations for viewing humpback whales in North America. Both mammal-eating and salmon-eating orcas are often seen in the area as well.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca has been home of the famed "Humpback Comeback" of the Pacific Northwest, with hundreds of humpbacks now choosing these cold, nutrient-rich waters as their summer feeding grounds. After facing extinction in the early 1900's, protective measures have since helped humpback whale populations rebound. Despite their size (40 feet long and weighing 40 tons), humpback whales have the reputation of being the most acrobatic of the whales. Few things compare to seeing a trademark humpback breach!
From Port Angeles, our tours can head west into the Strait of Juan de Fuca or east toward the San Juan Islands. The variety of wildlife seen on our Port Angeles tour is second to none.
Port Angeles Tour Times and Pricing
A premier whale watching destination located just outside the famed Olympic National Park. In recent years, the waters surrounding Port Angeles have become one of the leading destinations for viewing humpback whales in North America. Orcas are often seen feeding in the area as well. From Port Angeles, the comfortable Island Explorer 4 can head west into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, east toward the San Juan Islands, or north toward Race Rocks Ecological Preserve - no passport required! Best location for guests coming from Tacoma and the Olympic Peninsula!
2020 Port Angeles Rates and Dates
May 22nd - July 31st: 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM
Adults: $99 | Discounted Adults: $89
August 1st - September 7th: 11:00 AM
Adults: $109 | Discounted Adults: $99
September 8th - October 17th: 10:30 AM
Adults: $99 | Discounted Adults: $89
Children (ages 3-17): $69 | Children under three: $1
Summer Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours
11:00 AM Departure
August 1st - September 7th, 2020
Our summer tours depart at 11:00 AM. The long daylight hours allow for plenty of time to explore the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula after your tour!
Fall Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours
10:30 AM Departure
September 8th - October 17th, 2020
There's no better way to start your day than with a memorable whale watching encounter! Our 10:30 AM departures will highlight the wildlife and scenery of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Don't miss out on the #1 whale watching tour in the Pacific Northwest!
$30 for 30
Big savings for booking in advance!
Adults save $20 when you book 30+ days in advance and an additional $10 with military ID, AAA, AARP, seniors 65+, or college student ID. This deal cannot be combined with promotion codes or other discounts and is valid on whale watching tours only.
Save $20 for booking 30+ days in advance + Save $10 with adult discount = $30 Savings
What Vessel Will I Be On?
Island Explorer 4
The Island Explorer 4 is 85' long, 22' wide with many of the same great features: large heated cabin, full walk-around lower deck, and huge upper viewing deck. Island Explorer 4 is the favorite boat for many of our guests; she is quick, very maneuverable, and can go places that other larger vessels cannot. Experience the unplugged version of the San Juan Islands aboard the spacious Island Explorer 4!
- Outside rail viewing space on one side of the boat for all guests
- Indoor heated seating with restaurant-style booths
- Two viewing decks for an incredible vantage point over the water, great for photography
- Galley with breakfast and lunch, featuring Nathan's Hot Dogs and Ivar's Clam Chowder!
- 84 foot monohull with speeds capable of 16+ knots, perfect for the San Juan Islands
- AED defibrillator onboard with highly trained/qualified staff and crew
Port Angeles Check In Procedures
For our Whale Watch tours from Port Angeles, please check-in at the Landing Mall ramp ½ hour prior to departure. A crew member will come to the top of the ramp to check you in and guide you to the boat. It is imperative for you to be on time, the boat will leave the dock promptly at the scheduled departure time. Get directions to our Port Angeles departure location.
Parking can be found across the street at 150 E Front Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Check In Tips
- Recommended parking is at 150 E Front Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
- No need for paperwork
- Bring layers and sunscreen
- Remember your debit or credit card
- Bring your camera
Port Angeles sees considerably less rain than other areas in Western WA. In the summer months, the temperature averages between 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit. Even though the weather can feel warm on land, we always recommend bringing layers – sweatshirts and jackets – as it feels 10-20 degrees cooler on the water. Rain doesn't have a negative impact on our tours as our excursion vessels are set up to go out in the elements and have lots of indoor space and cover.
Continue Your Marine Education in Port Angeles
Port Angeles offers some of the Northwest's best wildlife, and there outlets to learn more about the area's diverse population. Swing by the Feiro Marine Life Center to learn about nearly everything living underwater, all collected within 20 miles of Port Angeles from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Pop into the NOAA Olympic Coast Discovery Center for information about where to experience shore-based wildlife viewing after your tour!
Feiro Marine Life Center
The Feiro Marine Life Center showcases sea stars, crabs, scallops, anemones, fish and a giant Pacific octopus, all collected within 20 miles of Port Angeles from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Get a hands-on view at the microscope station and check out some of the area’s natural history through displays of whale bones and shells, sculptures and murals, and three touch tanks.
The Marine Life Center is a fun, safe and easy way for people of all ages and physical abilities to experience the marine waters of the North Olympic Peninsula.
NOAA Olympic Coast Discovery Center
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has a total area of 3,188 square miles - it's kind of hard to miss. But your first stop should be The Olympic Coast Discovery Center, on the Port Angeles waterfront. It's a great place to begin your learning adventures on the Olympic Coast.
Find out what makes National Marine Sanctuaries so important in our efforts to protect the oceans, marine ecosystems and marine wildlife. And because each National Marine Sanctuary is a unique world of its own, you'll discover why the Olympic Coast is so important. You'll meet its marine mammals, seabirds and its habitats, including tidepools and deep sea canyons.