Please note: Whale sightings are not guaranteed.
Everything and more we expected
Really had a nice time. The sea is calm in the sound, so no motion sickness. The views are great and the crew was knowledgeable about local history and whale behavior. Saw a humpback breach - twice and learned that you can guess where the whales are by the birds behavior - very cool. Friday Harbor was a typical tourist area - cute, great for lunch after whale watching, but I would not have known what to do had we been there much longer. I didn't try the shipboard food, but it seemed adequate.
Tour was great. The boat was comfortable and nice. Best of all, we saw the orcas that we set out to see! Get there early to get the exact seat you want as seating is first come first serve. To speed up the boarding process, print your boarding pass ahead of time, not just your ticket confirmation. I thought I would be boarding with the confirmation I received, but had to wait in line to get a boarding pass at the terminal.
Wonderful! Enjoyed the boat ride too! My husband and I bought snacks and played cards. The island is so peaceful. Just like in the movies!
Whales were so close! One whale swam right next to our boat. We saw three pods, approx. 60 whales!
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. AND we saw Orcas! Many Orcas. It was a LONG day, and colder than I expected of course I wanted to be on the top deck the entire time. Having time to explore Friday Harbor was an added plus. For the price of the tour, it is the BARGAIN of our Seattle trip! When I come back to the area, I will be doing it again, for sure!
The naturist on the boat was very helpful. Though we did not see Orca whales, we did end up watching a humpback whale do its thing fairly close up. We actually did see a rogue orca pod on the way to the watching grounds. The boat was comfortable and the stop in Friday Harbor was educational.
A wonderful tour! The crew is knowledgeable, and kept us informed us of all whales, sea lions and other interesting sights. It is so fun to sit on top, but bring a heavier jacket and a hood for the winds. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Seattle!
Great trip, on the way back we could see a good view of the mountians.
It was great, they pushed the tour by an hour to make sure we would be able to see the whales, which worked out perfectly.
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