Whale Watching in the Salish Sea

Photo Courtesy of the Victoria Clipper

52 Getaways 2019: Spring

The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and most biologically rich areas. For visitors to Seattle, that means a prime opportunity to spot some of the world largest marine mammals―orca, humpback, gray and minke whales. But to see them, you have to get out on the water and go where the whales go.

Clipper Vacations is the only whale watching tour operator that leaves from downtown Seattle, making an excursion ultra-convenient for guests at downtown hotels. Tour passengers not only are likely to spot whales, but also get an education about local wildlife and conservation from an expert naturalist.

In March and April, gray whales visit the Salish Sea on their 10,000-mile migration up the West Coast from Mexico to Alaska. Clipper Vacations passengers board the San Juan Clipper for an all-day excursion north of Seattle where gray whales are known to feed. Guests also enjoy a shore stop in the charming waterfront village of Langley on Whidbey Island, where they can browse the shops and learn even more about cetaceans at the Langley Whale Center.

Between the end of April and mid-October, Clipper Vacations sails guests throughout the Salish Sea to spot orcas and humpbacks. One route goes between Seattle and the San Juan Islands with a stopover in the town of Friday Harbor. Another route includes a day or overnight excursion between Seattle and Victoria, B.C., with time to explore B.C.’s timeless capital city.

To book a whale-watching tour from Seattle, go to clippervacations.com.