Our whale watching tours have been very successful, with sightings of transient orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, and a few gray whales so far. The resident orcas are back as well, and with the weather becoming more and more summerlike each day, now’s a great time to join us on one of our tours! (The chart above shows the locations of our sightings so far this season)
Two more great days of whale watching in the San Juan Islands. Sunday we saw our L-22 friends just west of San Juan Island, then today we found a larger group from L-pod – about 10 Orca whales up by Battleship Island. With plenty of whales and plenty of sun in the forecast, we hope you’ll join us for a cruise soon!
Lots and lots of Orca whales today – all of L pod was spotted just off Kellett Bluff on San Juan Island. Lots of breaching and feeding activity, all on flat calm and sunny skies. What a fabulous day in the islands – can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow on another Whale Watching Adventure!
The past two days we have taken school groups from throughout Western Washington on whale watching field trips aboard the Victoria Star 2. We were thrilled to find a Humpback whale (BCY-0324) on Thursday off Lime Kiln Park, on the west side of San Juan Island. Then on Friday we spotted a group of 6 transient Orca whales near Beaumont Shoal, out in the waters between San Juan Island and Vancouver Island.
We’re back out today (Saturday) on a public Whale Watching Adventure cruise, with another cruise to follow tomorrow.
We’re still underway on today’s Whale Watching Adventure cruise, but we were able to find a group of Orca whales (J-pod) out on the west side of San Juan Island. We’re now making our way towards Friday Harbor for today’s 2 hour shore visit. We’re still running weekends only, so hopefully you can join us next weekend.
We were one of the first boats out in the islands yesterday, so without any early whale sightings from our spotting network, we decided to head north to the most likely place to find them. We cruised out between the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands, finding groups of Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises and seals, but no sign of Orca whales. After a bit of rain in the morning, the weather improved throughout the day and overall it was a beautiful day in the San Juan Islands.Â We dropped into Friday Harbor for our 2 hour shore visit, then made our way back to Bellingham. At that point we began to hear reports of Orca whales on the west side of San Juan Island. Unfortunately, it was too late for us to see them, so all of our passengers received 50% off passes for a future cruise with us.
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than a cruise in the San Juan Islands? It may have been raining a bit in town, but the San Juans, being in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, were dry, and we even got a bit of sunshine in the afternoon. The highlight though was the wildlife! We started the day up near Sucia and Patos Islands, and eventually made our way towards the Canadian Gulf Islands. We spotted Stellar sea lions, Harbor porpoises, seals, Bald eagles and lots of different sea birds. Orcas were a bit elusive during our morning cruise. However, after our 2 hour shore visit in Friday Harbor we caught up with a group of 6 transient Orca whales, just north of town. It was definitely the highlight of what was already an amazing Mother’s Day.
It was a bright, beautiful day in the San Juans yesterday. After hearing a few reports from our spotting network, we headed north towards Sucia and Patos Islands. Although we searched and searched, we were unable to find whales. However, we did see LOTS of other wildlife, including seals, Bald eagles, Stellar sea lions and porpoises, plus a wide variety of animals on Speiden Island (in the 70’s the island was used for big game hunting, with animals imported from throughout the world. That only lasted for a short time, but many of the species of animals imported still live on the island today). Since we didn’t find whales we gave all of our passengers “bummer cards”, which can be used for 50% off a future Whale Watching Adventure cruise with us.
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:
It’s that time of year again – King 5 / Evening Magazine in Seattle are running their “Best Northwest Escapes” contest. If you’ve taken one of our cruises in the past, we’d really appreciate your vote! Here’s the link: