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Whale Watching Near Sequim

Whale Watching on the Olympic PeninsulaThe Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is known for its pristine natural habitat, and it’s enthusiastic nature-loving population.  Home to charming towns such as Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend, the peninsula is famously home to the ruggedly beautiful and wild Olympic National Park, in addition to miles upon miles of untouched beach habitat.  Just off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula is the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which leads from the Pacific Ocean into the Puget Sound.  Now is the perfect time to go whale watching near Sequim, where you can learn all you ever wanted to know about the incredible ocean-going giants beneath the surface. Book your room at our private oceanfront cottages, and experience the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Whales in the Pacific Northwest

The Olympic Peninsula is one of the premiere whale watching destinations in the country, and we’re just entering the best time of year for it.  Whale watching is generally good from March through October, with the peak being late spring & early summer.  During this time, a variety of whales are migrating from the warmer waters off Mexico to their summer feeding and breeding grounds off the coast of Alaska. Some whales also stay in the waters of the Puget Sound, which offers unprecedented sheltered habitats for the whales, with prime breeding and feeding grounds.  The most common types of whales seen here are Orcas, Humpbacks, Gray Whales, and Minke Whales.

Whale Watching Tours

There are a few excellent whale watching tour companies that operate in the area. Puget Sound Express, which leaves out of Port Townsend, is the most popular. They have been offering whale watching excursions in the area for over 30 years. Tours begin in March with the advent of the Gray whale migration, followed in April by four-hour guaranteed whale sighting tours, as well as an all day tour that includes a stop in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Puget Sound Express is well-Whale Watching in Sequimacquainted with the Orcas that reside in our local waters, and they know where to find them.

You can also catch whale watching tours out of Port Angeles from May – October with Island Adventures Whale Watching.  Their 4-5 hour whale watching excursions have an unmatched success rate, and they have been voted the #1 tour for several years in a row.  The Water Limousine is another tour company, which leaves out of Sequim’s John Wayne Marina.  It’s a private charter service offering whale watching excursions from May through September.

You can also occasionally spot whales swimming just off the coast in front of the Dungeness Bay Cottages. Come join us this summer for a relaxing getaway, and a sensational whale watching adventure. Book your room at the Dungeness Bay Cottages today.