$44 for an All-Day San Juan Island Whale-Watching Tour from Puget Sound Express ($88.50 Value)

Port Townsend

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117 Ratings

Amazing, fun wonderful, we only saw two whales, but the captain made up for it with views of eagles, water birds and other fun stuff. It was a rare calm day on the sound. Fantastic.
Shannon L. · April 3, 2016
Erica L. · June 28, 2014
The trip was great and the guides were awesome!
Sanford G. · June 4, 2014

What You'll Get

The Deal

  • $44 for an all-day Port Townsend and San Juan Island whale-watching tour ($88.50 value)

For the company’s signature tour, sightseers board the Glacier Spirit at 9 a.m. to travel between the San Juan Islands and into a pristine marine habitat. 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, where passengers can browse local shops, learn more about orcas at the town’s whale museum, or lower mouth anchors into ocean cuisine such as clam chowder. Finally, the ship leaves harbor in search for more marine wildlife—including sea lions and humpbacks—before arriving back at Port Townsend by approximately 5 p.m. Tours begin May 10.<p>

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Subject to weather conditions. Valid for travel 5/10-6/20. 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.

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