San Juan Whale-Watching Cruise & Lunch

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Duration: 8h
Location: Bellingham, United States | Bellingham, United States

Category: Cruises & Water Tour

Viewing of Northwest orca whales from luxurious cruise
Detailed narrative of surrounding wildlife, sites & history
Northwest king salmon & barbecue chicken lunch
Wide selection of Northwest wines & microbrews from cash bar
Visit to the largest town on the San Juan Islands

Boat cruise with commentary
Homestyle salmon and barbecue chicken lunch with sides and dessert
2-hour shore visit in Friday Harbor


Grab your camera and embark on a luxurious 100-foot cruise-ship to spot the majestic Orca whales that are native to the Northwest. This full-day guided tour around the San Juan Islands is completed with a Northwest king salmon lunch, a visit to Friday Harbor, and almost-guaranteed whale sightings.

Cruise the deep-blue waters from Bellingham toward the San Juan archipelago and keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles, and harbor seals basking in the sun on Viti Rocks near Lummi Island. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze as your captain illustrates the San Juan Islands’ history and notable geological features.

Experienced wildlife guides help point out the orca whales in the surrounding waters—with a typical success rate of 80–90% each season. About 90 orcas live in the Northwest year-round, but you may also spot some groups of transient humpbacks or gray whales passing through the area.

With the scenic open water as a backdrop for lunch, enjoy a Northwest king salmon and barbecue chicken feast—including rice pilaf, coleslaw, and freshly baked biscuits with honey-butter. Top off your meal with decadent brownies and your favorite Northwest wine, microbrew, or cocktail.

Arrive in quaint Friday Harbor, the largest town on the San Juan Islands, and explore shops, artist galleries, brewpubs, and the largest whale museum in the Northwest. After a 2-hour visit, re-board the cruise and bask in the sunset’s golden rays on your way back to Bellingham Bay.

Cancellation Policy: 48 hours
Know before you book: Children 5 and younger are complimentary.

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