• Fully narrated whale watching tour through the scenic San Juan Islands (Guaranteed whale sightings or your next cruise is 1/2 off)
  • Experienced wildlife guides on board each cruise
  • Enjoy a shore visit in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island
  • Includes our free Northwest wild salmon & BBQ chicken lunch, rice pilaf, cole slaw, freshly baked biscuits with honey butter, and brownies for dessert
  • Deluxe 100′ tour vessel with indoor and outdoor seating on two levels
  • On-board snack bar
  • Full bar with a wide selection of Northwest beers, wines and cocktails
  • Committed to responsible whale watching since 1987


May 5 – May 20

(Saturdays & Sundays)

May 26 – September 30


Depart Bellingham: 9:30am
Arrive Bellingham: 5:30pm


Adult : $109
Youth (6 – 17) : $54.50
Child (Under 6) : FREE

$5 Off Each Adult Fare By Booking In Advance! (Promo Code: W5)
Guaranteed whale sightings or your next cruise is 1/2 price!


Welcome aboard! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the incredible marine wildlife that live in the scenic San Juan Islands on our Deluxe Whale Watching cruise. Join us as we look for Orca whales, bald eagles, seals, porpoises, sea lions, Humpback whales, Minke whales and more, as the captain tells you about the history, wildlife and geology of the area. We are part of a local whale spotting network, which helps us find whales and other local wildlife on each and every trip.

Start your day with a scenic cruise through the heart of the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor, where you’ll have ample time to wander around this vibrant seaside port. The town is filled with interesting shops, artist galleries, brewpubs, and the largest whale museum in the Northwest. We’ve also complied a list of fun things to do while in Friday Harbor (PDF – Click to download).

After our visit we’ll get underway and you’ll enjoy our delicious, complimentary Northwest wild salmon and BBQ chicken lunch, with a variety of side dishes and dessert. Our freshly prepared salmon, caught locally, has earned rave reviews for years. You won’t find a more scenic lunch spot in the San Juan Islands than aboard the Victoria Star 2.

While you dine we’ll be making our way towards prime whale watching waters. We’ll be looking for resident and transient Orca whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales, and on rare occasions Gray and Fin whales. Our captain will talk in detail about the wildlife we’re viewing, in an informative, yet engaging manner. With incredible scenery, a shore visit in Friday Harbor, a delicious meal and consistent whale sightings, no other cruise in the Northwest offers so much!

Location / Directions

Cruises depart from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal / Alaska Ferry Terminal in Bellingham, WA. Please check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure at our ticketing office inside the terminal. (Map / Driving Instructions).

One Way & Overnight Trips

You can also take this tour to travel one way from Bellingham to Friday Harbor, or from Friday Harbor to Bellingham. If you wish to enjoy an extended stay in the San Juan Islands, you may take this tour out to Friday Harbor one day and return at a later date. There is a great selection of hotels and B&B’s in Friday Harbor – for more information we recommend visiting the San Juan Islands Visitor’s Bureau website.

We depart Bellingham at 9:30 am, arriving in Friday Harbor at about 11:00 am. The return trip departs Friday Harbor at approximately 1:00 pm, with arrival in Bellingham at 5:30 pm. One-way fares can be reserved by calling our office at 800-443-4552.

Group Rates / Discounts

Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more – please call for details. The best way to find out about new cruises & discount offerings is through our e-newsletter or our Facebook page.

Deluxe Whale Watching Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect gift for friends or family? We have gift certificates available – give us a call at 800-443-4552 or stop by our office.

Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation, or change it to a different date, please give us a call at least 24 hours prior to departure. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable. When you make a reservation, we will send you a confirmation letter detailing our cancellation policy.


“Finally after 30 years of cruising we saw numerous whales. San Juan Cruises was by far the best we have experienced and the lunch of salmon and chicken with numerous side dishes was excellent. The Captain was very knowledgeable regarding whales and the islands. Well worth the money. We will do it again next year.”


“My family and I went on a Whale Watching Cruise this Summer and it was a wonderful experience. We were thrilled to have a great view of an orca pod on our trip, that in and of itself would have made the experience for me. I wasn’t expecting very much from the food so I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a feast! The food was delicious, quality, and the portions were generous. The atmosphere was very nice and the customer service was all you could ask for.”

-Brier Hadley

“We had a great time! My daughter who has had extensive education in marine biology was impressed with the captain’s ability to stay far enough way from the feeding whales, while giving their patrons a close view. I appreciated the captain’s knowledge and history of the area. The food was great, the crew respectful, the boat spotless and we saw at least 15 whales.”

-Crystal K.