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Whales & Wildlife Report – Orcas, Humpbacks & Minkes! 7-24-16

It’s been a great week of whale watching, with lots of whales seen, and we finally have great summer weather, with sun and temperatures in the low 80’s. A perfect time to be out in the San Juans! This week we’ve seen a great variety of whales, resident and transient Orcas, playful Minke whales, and today a group of very active Humpbacks. While we didn’t see them ourselves, there were even reports of a Fin whale and some Gray whales in the area recently. The photo below was taken by out of our passengers this week (Mary Lou – Nooksack, WA) – thank you for sharing this great photo!


End Of Season Report – Lots Of Whales & Sunshine All Summer Long!

What an amazing season this was – the weather was close to perfect with lots of warm sunshine, but this was topped by the number of whale sightings. With the season over we saw whales on just over 95% of our cruises, and there was a great variety of whales to be seen as well. In addition to the three resident pods of Orca whales (J, K and L pods), we saw lots of transient Orcas, Minke whales, Humpback whales (especially in May and September), Gray whales and towards the end of the season we even saw a Fin whale a few times.

This season also saw the resident group grow by 5 – 4 of these babies just received names (Scarlet, Nova, Sonic and Windsong) and a fifth (L-122) was just born a few weeks ago and will be given a name soon.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on a tour this season – we’re already at work getting ready for next summer!

Whales & Wildlife Report: June 19-21 Beautiful Days In The San Juans

We have really enjoyed all of the sunshine we’ve received this spring – it’s been absolutely gorgeous just about every day we’ve been out this season. It’s now summer, and this weather is set to continue for the next 7-10 days or so. We’ve seen lots of wildlife on recent tours – Minke whales have been plentiful, and yesterday we saw a group of Orca whales on the west side of San Juan Island. Saturday was the best though – transient Orcas (T-69’s) on the outbound trip to Friday Harbor, and a different group of transient Orcas (T-65’s) on the way back to Bellingham. If you want to join us on a whale watch this summer, more information can be found here: https://www.whales.com/Cruises/San-Juan-Adventure-Full-Day-Cruise.aspx

Whales & Wildlife Report: June 6-8 – Sunshine & Whales

There have been all sorts of whales active in the San Juan Islands over the last few days! Our boats have seen the local Orca pods, transient Orcas, Humpback whales and Minke whales as well. The combination of great wildlife viewing and spectacular sunny days has shown that summer is already here! Passengers have also had some great views of Bald Eagles, otters, seals and sea lions with Mt. Baker in the background. Join us out on the water and see for yourself! We are operating our Deluxe Whale Watching Tour that includes a northwest salmon lunch and a 2-hour port call in Friday Harbor every day.

Whale & Wildlife Report – July 25-27th – Orca and Minke Whales

It’s been absolutely amazing out in the San Juans the past few days, lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s. Orca whales were a bit elusive the last couple of days, but we were fortunate to find Minke Whales. Our luck changed today though – we found Orca whales up to the northwest of Roche Harbor. There is lots of sun in the forecast all week long – hope to have you out there with us!

Whales & Wildlife Report – August 12th, 2013

Orca whales are back in abundance now! This past weekend we had sightings of all 3 pods of resident Orca whales – so great to have them all in the area once again. Today we spent time with K-Pod just south of Lopez Island, then found a Minke whale a little later. Overall a great day of sightings.

Whales & Wildlife Report – June 30, 2013

Under bright blue skies, sailing through calm waters, we toured through the islands before finding a group of Minke whales near Hein Bank, SW of San Juan Island. Passengers enjoyed non-stop sunshine throughout the day, and with temps in low 80’s (cooler on the water though). Looks like this beautiful weather is supposed to last throughout the week!

Whales & Wildlife Report – June 12 & 13, 2013

There weren’t any Orca whales to be found on the 12th or 13th, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t whales out there. On Wednesday we found a group of 3 Minke whales out on the west side of San Juan Island. That was topped by a rare sighting (for this time of the year) of a Humpback whale, just south of the San Juans.

San Juan Explorer 3-Day San Juan Islands Cruise June 10-12

Are you looking for a fun, scenic, multi-day trip exploring the San Juan Islands? If so, we’d love to have you aboard for our 3-day, 2-night San Juan Explorer tour, happening June 10-12.

Cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways aboard the Viking Star, view Orca whales and other wildlife, talk with our knowledgeable captain and crew about the biology and geology of the area, and enjoy two nights in the town of Friday Harbor, the heart of the San Juan Islands. Your tour includes most meals, including our famous Cracked Crab Lunch aboard the Viking Star, a stop in historic Roche Harbor, an organ concert in the Moran Mansion / Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, a beach walk and picnic on Sucia Island, three days cruising throughout the San Juan Archipelago, and two nights in Friday Harbor.

Trip Overview

  • Lodging: 2 nights at the Earthbox Motel & Spa in Friday Harbor.
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches included
  • Whale Watching
  • Afternoon shore visit in Roche Harbor
  • Organ concert and tour at Rosario Resort
  • Beach walk and picnic on Sucia Island
  • All taxes and port fees

2013 Season Package Pricing

$795 per person, based on double occupancy

$995 per person, based on single occupancy

For more information, and reservations, please call our office at 1-800-443-4552.

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa / San Juan Cruises Whale Watching Package

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa and San Juan Cruises have teamed up for a great overnight hotel & whale watching package. Enjoy a night or two in one of Bellingham’s finest hotels, with an amazing view of Bellingham Bay, Lummi Island and the San Juan Archipelago. Then hop aboard the Victoria Star 2 for a fabulous day cruise that includes whale watching, a 2 hour shore visit in Friday Harbor, and our delicious NW salmon lunch. Get all the details on the Chrysalis’ website: