The water around the San Juan Islands and Anacortes Washington is the best place in the world to view wild orca whales. Situated in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and protected from the weather of the Pacific Ocean, whale watch tours departing from Anacortes experience calm water and clear skies that the whole family can enjoy.
Our Southern Resident Orca communities are among the most studied whales on the planet. Each member is named and numbered and the expert naturalists here in Anacortes spend enough time with them to identify individual whales and their family-trees.
In addition to Orcas it is common to see a variety of other
wildlife including, Minke whales, Gray whales, Humpback whales,
Dall and Harbor porpoise, Sea-lions, Seals, Eagles, and much
more. A whale-watch trip from Anacortes is also rewarding for
serious bird watchers. Add to your life on the way to a terrific
whale watch experience. Two of the top whale-watch companies
in Washington call Anacortes home.