Few things are more exhilarating than watching a whale as it breaches the surface of the ocean and returns with a giant splash that puts out the fire that has started on the boat. Get close to whales with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $47 for an orca-watching tour for one (a $90 value)
- $90 for an orca-watching tour for two (a $180 value)
- $175 for an orca-watching tour for four (a $360 value)
Sightseers embark upon a 3.5- to 4-hour tour around the San Juan Islands aboard the Odyssey, a lavish motor yacht boasting wraparound decks and heated cabins. Two certified marine naturalists lead the tour, offering educational and entertaining information about the wildlife that chooses to reveal itself throughout the day. Although passengers are focused on catching glimpses of orca pods, they can also lock eyes with a host of other marine life, including harbor seals, bald eagles, and great blue herons. The informative tours set out into Friday Harbor regardless of inclement weather.
San Juan Excursions
A tiny ripple glides along the smooth-as-glass water, alerting captain Pete to the fact that he and his passengers are about to have company. Sure enough, within seconds a group of glossy black fins breaks through the sea in a silent, synchronized ballet. A native Washingtonian who has spent his entire life on the water, captain Pete opened San Juan Excursions to grant guests the chance to go head-to-head with nature in moments such as these. As marine naturalists certified by the Whale Museum’s Naturalist Training Program, captain Pete’s crew of passionate guides—including his wife Erin—takes to the peaceful waters of the Puget Sound to entertain boatloads of guests with informative facts about area wildlife witnessed during excursions.
The team’s passion for nature informs its low-impact approach to whale and wildlife watching, which is exemplified in the Odyssey, the company's tour boat. Originally a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue vessel forged in 1941, the craft is fueled by biodiesel when possible and maintains a low propeller RPM to minimize the Bono moans it releases into the water column. Though San Juan Excursions specializes in whale watching, it also sends adventurers forth to explore the waters on their own steam during sea-kayak tours.