Whale Watching in Washington’s San Juan Islands Includes Kayaking with Orcas


Whether you’re visiting the Pacific Northwest or a local, if you’ve ever wanted to go whale watching in the San Juan Islands, Washington, we’ve got a treat for you. This tour is not only cheap, but a bucket list item because it actually lets you kayak with Orcas!

Sea Quest Expeditions offers kayaking adventures in Lime Kiln Point State or “Whale Watch” Park and San Juan Island National Historical Park – aka Heart of Orca Waters from April to October.

You can choose from a list of trips ranging from a few hours to intense 5-day expeditions that allow you to camp on isolated islets. All of their canoes are for two people, so you will have company.

A 3.5 hour tour that starts at 8 am will set you back $89. It even includes fiberglass kayaks, gear, life jackets, and biologists to guide you through your journey.

Although no previous experience is required, you’ll still get a brief lesson before shooting in the cool waters and paddling around two to four miles to see otters, seabirds and the star of the show, whales .

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Don’t forget to bring a camera and snap some Instagram-worthy snaps to document this once-in-a-lifetime adventure where you’re surrounded by Mount Baker, waterfalls, the Olympic Mountains and orcas.

The company’s most popular tour is a 6-hour trip that will cost $99.

It will take you on some of the best roads in the United States for spotting killer whales. (Over 470 of them have been sighted, imagine that!)

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering if you can see the Underwater Giants on ALL of your tours. It really depends if they’re home.

While high season runs from June to September, you can see the best months to visit here.

Since all tours take you to the main whale feeding and travel areas, you are more likely to spot a pod swimming nearby.


According to the website, as exciting as this activity is, it is also safe. And whales never collide with your kayak.

While the law requires your raft to be 200 to 300 meters from the giants, orcas have their own rules: sometimes you can even spot them 10 feet below you!

Either way, if you like adrenaline-pumping adventures and are looking to add things to your Pacific Northwest bucket lists, this should probably be right at the top.

Sea Quest Expeditions: Kayaking with Orcas

Price: $89 for a 3.5 hour tour; check other trips here.

When: April to October

Address: 2 Front St. S., Friday Harbor, WA

Why you need to go: You can kayak with real killer whales on this must-do adventure.

We strongly advise you to check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, safety and animal rights before visiting a location. If you plan to visit a place, respect the environment and the animals.


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