Whale WATCHING / DINNER CRUISE In The San Juan Islands


  • 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 dinner (meat or vegetarian) with Caesar salad and dessert
  • Deluxe 100′ vessel with plentiful indoor and outdoor seating
  • Bar service with Northwest beers and wines
  • Committed to responsible whale watching since 1987


July 11 – August 31

(Wednesdays / Thursdays / Fridays)

Depart Bellingham: 4:00 pm
Arrive Bellingham: 9:00 pm


Adult (July / August) : $99
Youth (6 – 17) (July / August) : $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!


Welcome aboard the latest addition to our fleet, the Salish Express, for a sunset whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands. Departing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July and August, 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 dinner.

Departing at 4 pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, we’ll cruise into the San Juan Islands, using information from our whale spotting network to find the best locations for viewing whales that evening. You’ll enjoy great views from the outdoor upper deck and along the bow of the boat, enjoying informative and entertaining narration from our captain.

The Salish Express has ample indoor and outdoor seating, a bar with beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase, and a restroom.

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.”