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See up to 5 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!

Welcome to the Wild West of whale watching in Washington.

Port Angeles Tour Information and Times

4-5 Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours

9:30 AM Departure

Our AM departure from Port Angeles is one of our most popular tours.  This departure time allows us to maximize time with whales and gets back early enough for a late lunch/early dinner in downtown Port Angeles before heading on to your next adventure. Don't miss out on the #1 whale watching tour in the Pacific Northwest!

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3:30 PM Departure

There's nothing like ending your day on the water with whales!  The 3:30 PM departure from Port Angeles is most popular with groups of two, professional photographers, and locals. The lighting tends to soften in the afternoon, making it absolutely incredible for photographs!

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Which Tour Should I Choose?

We can confidently say that there isn't a tour time that's better for whale sightings than the other. There are subtle differences between both tours, making them both world-class.

We recommend choosing the departure time that works best in your schedule as both tours have the same whale sighting success rate. The benefits of morning versus afternoon come into play on the human side! Morning tours are great because you're first out on the water and have the rest of the afternoon to do as you please. The afternoon tour is great because you don't have to get up early, and you end your day with whales and some pretty incredible lighting for photographs.

Both tours are great, so choose the one that works in your schedule best!

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$30

$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

Port Angeles Tour Range

When whales are in the center of the map, most companies do see them – we just get more time.  When the whales are up north or out west, the Island Explorer fleet are often the only American boats watching whales

Because of our vessel speed, size, and duration of our tour, we're able to guarantee whales.  Often times, whales can move up to 100 miles in a 24 hour period.  Every day is a new adventure, but rest assured that you're choosing the company with the highest whale sighting success rate in the area.

Whales have been spotted on 6,431 of 6,630 tours since 2002.   No other company compares.

What Vessel Will I Be On?

What's the Weather like? How to Prepare

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.

Online Reservations

Make a reservation online with our secure system and receive an immediate email confirmation.

Online Reservations

Whale Report

See what we've seen on the water. There's a detailed account from every tour since 2002!

Whale Report

Prepare for your tour

It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.  See our tips, suggestions, and frequently asked questions.

How to Prepare

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!