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PS Express Cruises (Puget Sound Express)

227 Jackson St., Port Townsend

$44 for an All-Day Island and Whale-Watching Tour from Puget Sound Express in Port Townsend ($88.50 Value)

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Highlights

Naturalists lead tours into habitats of 88 resident orcas; Friday Harbor port call lets sightseers browse museums and seafood restaurants.

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Amber
3 ratings1 reviews
February 15, 2018
Such an amazing time with a super friendly, knowledgable staff. And great coffeecake. I'll be back!
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Christina
6 ratings2 reviews
February 14, 2018
The crew was AMAZING! Very polite and knowledgable
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ShendorahTOP REVIEWER
10 ratings8 reviews
February 14, 2018
It was great to see an all female crew. Great info, saw plenty of wales and other sea animals, far exceeded all of our expectations. We will be going back!
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Judith
2 ratings2 reviews
March 10, 2020
They were very prompt Andy helpful in getting the reservation set up. All my questions were answered. This is a great company.
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JenniferTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
21 ratings18 reviews1 photos
March 8, 2020
Always a wonderful experience as repeat loyal customers, we have a magical experience that is always unique time after time. We are fortunate to live close enough to be able to visit a few times a year.
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Cassandra
3 ratings3 reviews
March 2, 2020
Whenever I have guests from out of town, this is our go-to trip. It’s always a wonderful experience! The all day trip to Friday Harbor is the best!
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Ashley
1 ratings1 reviews
June 29, 2019
This was such an incredible experience! We saw Minke, Orca, and Humpback whales! We also saw sea lions sunbathing on rocks. Whale watching has always been a dream of mine and this surpassed all of my expectations. We even brought our kids (ages 7, 5, and almost 1) who enjoyed every minute. Highly recommend this tour if in the Seattle area!
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Elaine
1 ratings1 reviews
June 23, 2019
Very helpful and easy to book using Groupon. The experience was unbelievable. Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful captain and crew. Whales are promised and they mean it. Have taken this trip 3 times. Brought my grand kids (teenage) last time. They loved it
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About This Deal

Many scientists believe that whales will eventually leave the ocean, whether by squeezing into rivers or evolving into blimps. See the ocean's biggest stars while you still can with this Groupon.

$44 for an All-Day Island and Whale-Watching Tour ($88.50 Value)

For the company's signature tour, sightseers board the Glacier Spirit at 9 a.m. to travel across the San Juan Islands and into the habitats of orca whales. An onboard naturalist narrates the ocean-bound adventure, dishing out facts on the area's 88 resident orcas. Then, the boat docks at Friday Harbor. There, passengers can browse local shops, learn more about orcas at the town's whale museum, or lower their mouth's anchor into ocean cuisine such as clam chowder. Finally, boats leave port in search for more marine animals—including sea lions and humpbacks—before arriving back at Port Townsend by approximately 4:30 p.m. Tours begin May 11.

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Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. 48hr cancellation notice required. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Puget Sound Express

For the Hanke family, it seems like Puget Sound Express has always been part of their lives. Raised in the Puget Sound his entire life, Pete Hanke honed his seafaring abilities alongside his father, Pete Sr. Together, the two started leading weeklong sailing adventures across the Pacific Northwest in 1981 and eventually started whale tours. Today, the business still remains a family affair, with grandparents, children, and grandchildren working side by side. Sherri Hanke, Pete’s wife, feels this is the company's biggest feature. "We have three generations of captains, so there is a wealth of knowledge there."

In addition to their family members, Puget Sound Express's crew is well acquainted with the area's menagerie of whales, which naturalists can identify based on their markings and slick leather jackets. Tours also pass into the habitats of other wildlife, often spotting humpbacks, sea birds, and bald eagles. The Hankes' most popular voyage tours the San Juan Islands, pausing at the fishing village of Friday Harbor. According to Sherri, this region is well known for its weather. "We refer to it as the Blue Hole, because it is like this circle of sunlight. It could be raining in Seattle and extremely sunny here."

The Hankes take adventure-seekers out on the M.V. Glacier Spirit, a modern, 70-seat vessel with open-air viewing decks and large windows allowing sightseers unencumbered views. Additionally, an on-board hydrophone listens in on whales' vocalizations to see which songs are currently stuck in their heads.