San Juan Islands

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  • Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    1. Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. An informative crew will tell you about the history of the area and about the marine wildlife. Board the Salish Sea Freedom, a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside, and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.

    Whale watching is something I’ve always wanted to do but having a fear of boats and the ocean has prevented me in the past. My partner and I were only 8hours drive away so I decided to bite the bullet and do it. I booked a hotel, booked the trip, bought ginger gravol and pressure bands for my wrists and off we went! No sea sickness; the water was smooth and the boat just glided over it nicely than a car on the road! The whole experience was an enjoyable and positive one that I will always remember and to see these wonderful creatures in real life was just breathtaking!

  • Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

    2. Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

    The Olympic Peninsula is home to a number of Northwest ecosystems. You'll find remote beaches littered with tide-scoured cedar logs alongside the country’s oldest forests and one of the state’s most dramatic mountain ranges. It's a true feast for the senses. Start the morning with a ferry ride through the waterways of the Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. Connect with the Olympic Peninsula via the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal Bridge, and once there, let your guide lead you on a naturalist experience best suited to the time of year and conditions of the day. Drive up to Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting), a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the Park’s exceptionally jagged peaks. Take in a superb 360-degree view from the summit that encompasses the surrounding mountains, the Strait of Juan da Fuca, and San Juan Islands.

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    I visited Seattle without a car, so this tour was a great way to see some nature without personal transportation. We hit a lot of different spots in the park, so we got a nice feel for how diverse the Olympic Nat’l park is. We saw waterfalls, the tops of mountain peaks, lake shore, and dense rainforest. This is a good tour for any nature lover wanting to see a lot in one day, even with the long travel times.

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What people are saying about San Juan Islands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Whale watching is something I’ve always wanted to do but having a fear of boats and the ocean has prevented me in the past. My partner and I were only 8hours drive away so I decided to bite the bullet and do it. I booked a hotel, booked the trip, bought ginger gravol and pressure bands for my wrists and off we went! No sea sickness; the water was smooth and the boat just glided over it nicely than a car on the road! The whole experience was an enjoyable and positive one that I will always remember and to see these wonderful creatures in real life was just breathtaking!

The boat was absolutely immaculate! The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. It is always so nice to see people loving what they do. We saw orcas, humpback, seals and amazing birds. We also really enjoyed the water ride- I was very surprised at how smooth it was, even when going fast. My husband and I and our two young boys were very happy. Thank you!

We enjoy it! The staff was awesome. Everybody was friendly, helpful and super informative. The ship was great, super clean and well maintained. We watched whales as promised and other while life that I wasn’t expecting.

It was a great experience with a very friendly and knowledgeable team. I really appreciate and respect the crew of professionals

great experience overall. saw orcas and a humpback. friendly and knowledgeable staff