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Top reviewed whale watching tours in and around Seattle

Whale watching tours during the months of June through September see peak activity in the Seattle area. Here are some of the top spots to see them for yourself.

A humpback whale breaches the water in the Puget Sound

Watching a humpback whale breach the water makes for a stunning photo op.

Photo by Amber S., submitted via SEAtoday’s Photo Contest

Wanting to see some of Puget Sound’s marine marvels for yourself? These whale watching tours in the Seattle area have glowing Google reviews from tourists and locals.

Clipper Vacations | 4.3 (1,000+ reviews)
Embark on this half-day journey across the Salish Sea that starts from Seattle Waterfront’s Pier 69. Reviewers mention seeing humpback and minke whales, porpoises, and views of the San Juan Islands.

Puget Sound Express | 4.8 ☆ (1,000+ reviews)
Departing from Edmonds, the aptly named “Swiftsure” takes marine enthusiasts on a ~5-hour tour to top viewing spots for orcas and humpbacks. Reviewers suggest bringing binoculars to get even more up-close and personal with the breaching wildlife.

Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours | 5 (800+ reviews)
Ready for something a little extra? Take a seaplane flight to Friday Harbor, then board the Western Explorer II for sightings including orca whales, sea lions, seals, eagles, and the occasional humpback or gray whale.

Seattle Orca Whale Watching | 4.9 ☆ (18 reviews)
With a staff of marine naturalists, this tour has a 90% success rate of peak season whale sightings + offers on-board concessions during the trip. Reviewers recommend asking for a window seat to really take in the views during your expedition.

Interested in seeing what else Seattle has to offer? Check out our city’s tours exploring history, food, nature, and more.

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