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Puget Sound Express

227 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Ranked #1 of 14 Activities in Port Townsend
Type: Other, Adventure
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Owner description: Orca whale watching boat tours from Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, to the San Juan Islands. Guaranteed whale watching. Group tours and education trips available. Our business is family-run, with three generations on the water.

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Port Townsend, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Puget Sound Express and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center collaborated to host a three day, two night cruise through the San Juan Islands. Our overnight accommodations at Roche Harbor were excellent, very high end for the price. It was the end of summer season, so several dining choices were already closed, but the McMillan Restaurant had an excellent menu,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We had high hopes for this excursion, but we were terribly disappointed. This trip should be called "Lunch in Friday Harbor with little time spent whale watching". In the 8 hours, we saw one whale (from quite a distance) for a grand total of 3-5 minutes. The captain didn't try very hard to search other areas. And keep in mind... More

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Port Townsend, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My name is Adie and I would like to thank the amazing crew that attended to us yesterday on our trip to Friday Harbor. My daughter and I had an amazing time that we will never forget. My daughter is 11 years old and will have this amazing experience to share with her friends and family for years to come.... More

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Redmond, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Pete and Sherri operate a quality, family-owned operation. They are professional and courteous. This time we saw a couple of humpbacked whales. Looking forward to a return visit.

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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Every staff person we met was happy and helpful. We saw Orcas on both legs of our trip. We used the boat to get up to Friday Harbor instead of fighting ferry traffic on a holiday weekend. Worked great for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I live in port Townsend and was hosting two of my oldest friends (longest known) for a week. We had a blast on the Glacier Spirit with Rob as our very informative Captain. We saw whales, sea lions, seals, eagles, and other water fowl. I was completely awestruck by the whales. It was an emotional experience for me and my... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We went out with PS Express on 8/29/14 and they showed us a lovely time. My 97-yr young grandmother was with us and they were wonderful at making sure she boarded and unboarded safely and with plenty of support. We saw lots of orcas and appreciated all the knowledge and experience of the crew.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I've traveled on Puget Sound Express a number of times over the years, and have never failed to sight an orca, and have always been impressed with both the on-board comforts and the professionalism of staff. Today I took two friends with me on the "guaranteed" 4-hour tour. It was a beautiful day. About 45 minutes out we spotted a... More

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I have been on several whale watching cruises but the Puget Sound Express is by far the absolute best. The crew is professional, personable, and knowledgeable. Not only do you get to see whales but you get to visit Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. This is one day trip you do not want to miss.

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Dallas, TX USA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Like being a member of the crew of the Pequod, we launched from Port Townsend with Captain Ahab's great-granddaughter at the helm and Haley as first mate. We were not looking for Moby-Dick but Orca Whales instead. We found Puffins, Sea Lions and no Orcas, but we did find Humpback Whales and trailed a pod for a couple hours. Stop... More

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