We grew up in the Puget Sound area and have taken boat tours (including whale watching) all over the world. We had explored Puget Sound in our own boat, but we had never gone on a whale watching tour in our own backyard. Talking to other customers, it appeared many were from western Washington too. Now we're wondering why we waited so long. We went for the scenery of the San Juans, and the whales were a bonus. The weather was perfect - we waited for the for 5 day forecast and then booked a nice day.
The cruise was very professional with good narration on the animals and also on the history of Bellingham and the San Juans. Okay, so they stopped to view seals and eagles for the out of town folks, but even though we locals see them all the time, it's always pretty cool.
All the whale watching boats know where to go each day and we were not disappointed. We ended up in the middle of one of the orca pods and saw plenty of whales - also a minke whale on the way back.
The food on the boat was a bit expensive $5 for a plain hot dog or $7 for a hamburger. Some of the customers brought their own lunches or snacks. There were 2 restrooms - both were clean even at the end of the day.
Even though it was a hot day on the land, it was pretty cold on the water. Customers who started out on the top (open) deck moved to the enclosed lower deck - especially if they were wearing shorts. We were lucky, the day after our tour the weather turned cooler and windy.
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