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  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Set out on a whale-watching cruise from Seattle to see gray whales then visit the picturesque fishing community of Coupeville on Whidbey Island. This cruise will take you through the Puget Sound in search of the whales that migrate along Washington’s coast every year. The catamaran’s viewing decks offer excellent vantage points to spot the whales and an expert naturalist provides informative commentary. With hundreds of whales passing through these waters during the seasonal migration, there are sure to be plenty of sightings and great photo opportunities!

Highlights

  • Full day whale-watching cruise and visit to Coupeville on Whidbey Island, from Seattle
  • Experience the great migration of gray whales through the Puget Sound and Salish Sea
  • Be thrilled by fantastic whale-watching opportunities from multiple viewing decks on board the catamaran ferry
  • Learn from your enthusiastic naturalist about the whales
  • Have two hours to explore Coupeville, one of the oldest towns in Washington, located next to a National Historic Reserve
  • Try the famous fresh mussels and clams in Coupeville and take in its historic architecture
  • Enjoy the picturesque sights of Seattle’s harbor and Whidbey Island

What You Can Expect

Gray Whale Watching from Seattle Including Whidbey Island

Whale Watching from Seattle Including Whidbey Island

Experience the awe-inspiring migration of gray whales and their calves as they journey northward through the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Alaska, reaching peak numbers around Seattle during April and May.

After departing from Seattle, you’ll cruise the protected waters of the Puget Sound looking for whales and learning about marine wildlife in its natural habitat. Your onboard naturalist will share informative commentary about the marine environment, in addition to pointing out places of historical and cultural interest. In many cases, the naturalists know and can identify individual whales by their distinctive markings. The magnificent mammals can reach 50 feet (15m) in length and 35 tons (31,751kg) in weight.

At the naturalist’s station on the main deck, you can examine a variety of field guides, nautical and animal identification charts, children’s books, and specimen samples. Watch the naturalist taking water samples with plankton, the tiny creatures that form the foundation of the Puget Sound food chain. The samples will be shown on video screens located around the boat, or grab a closer look through the microscope at the naturalist’s station.

Once you have been whale watching in the Puget Sound for about two hours, you’ll dock at the historic town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Spend a couple of hours at your leisure exploring, perhaps having lunch at one of the excellent restaurants (own expense) and trying a famous local favorite, Penn Cove mussels. Stroll about town looking at the varied architecture of the original pioneer homes, including Queen Anne, Saltbox and Block House styles. Be sure to check out the red wharf building, with displays of the skeletons of a gray whale, sea lion and porpoise.

After appreciating the natural beauty of the Puget Sound, you'll return to Seattle to end your tour.
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