Fully Narrated Afternoon San Juan Islands Tour


  • 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
  • Free lasagna lunch (meat or vegetarian) with Caesar salad and dessert
  • Deluxe tour vessel with plentiful indoor and outdoor seating
  • Full bar with Northwest beers, wines and cocktails
  • Wheelchair accessible vessel
  • Committed to responsible whale watching since 1987


June 16  – September 9

(Saturdays & Sundays)

Depart Bellingham: 12:00 noon
Arrive Bellingham: 5:00 pm


Adult : $99
Youth (6 – 17) : $49.50
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!


Come aboard for a half-day whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands aboard one of our deluxe tour vessels, the Salish Express or the Chinook. Departing Saturdays and Sundays, this tour gives you an excellent opportunity to see Orca and Humpback whales in their natural environment, take in incredible scenery, and feast on a delicious lasagna and Caesar salad lunch.

Departing at 12 noon from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, we’ll be in the heart of the San Juan Islands within minutes, making a beeline towards locations that have the best chance of seeing whales each day. We are part of a local spotting network and in communication with other vessels throughout the Salish Sea – combined with the knowledge of our experienced captains, we are able to find whales nearly every trip.

The Salish Express & Chinook have two levels of indoor and outdoor seating, a snack bar, a full bar including Northwest beers, wines and cocktail service, and three restrooms.

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).

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.

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.


“The Captain was wonderful, the food was wonderful and it was a relaxing, sunny day with family. What more could someone ask for? Seeing the 5-6 Orca whales was “icing on the cake”.


“We went on the day whale watching trip with San Juan Cruises based on the good Trip Advisor reviews. We are so glad we did, we had a fantastic day. The weather was good, the scenery was beautiful and we got to see some humpback whales up close. We spent about an hour watching the whales, the captain was great about turning the boat so that everyone had a chance to view the whales.”


“We had travelled from Australia and were desperate to see some orcas. Our morning was extremely foggy so I was a little worried that we wouldn’t see anything (& the skipper said it as the end of the season). However, the weather cleared and we had a beautiful day on the water. We saw so many Orcas I lost count! We also saw a Humpback, seals, lots of birds and magnificent scenery. It was extremely relaxing to sit back in the sun, ocean air on your face and enjoy nature.”