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Puget Sound Express - Day Trips
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Port Townsend
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Owner description: Guaranteed whale watching tours from Port Townsend (Olympic Peninsula) and Seattle/Edmonds direct to the San Juan Islands. Group tours and education trips available. Our business is family-run, with three generations on the water. Our boats are the fastest, greenest, and most comfortable in the fleet. And our customer service is unmatched - when you come with us, you're part of OUR family!
San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Average Trip”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We went on the all day trip that gave 2 hours in Friday Harbor as well as whale watching over Labor Day Weekend. If I had to do it again I would do the 4 hour only whale watching tour. The crew was really nice and friendly. The boat was not really good for whale watching. There was only room for about 5-6 people outside up front to sit and a couple of people sat there the whole time so others couldn't. There were a couple of plastic chairs in the back but if you were there you had to smell the boat exhaust. They also assigned you seats inside and we were stuck in the back so we had the vibrations of the motor the entire trip to endure. Also, again we could smell the exhaust. Outside there was not enough room to move around easily. The blueberry buckle they served was very good and reasonably priced. We only had 2 hours in Friday Harbor which wasn't enough time. After finding a place to eat and eating lunch we only had about 45 minutes left so didn't get much time to explore the stores or the whale museum. We only saw 2 Minke whales and some sea lions and porpoises. I don't blame them for the lack of orcas but it was disappointing. We had a good time but I would not recommend the all day trip.

Visited September 2012
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Tacoma, Washington
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Up Close and Personal”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

The 4 hour Whale watching tour was incredible. It took a little more then an hour to get to the Orcas. There where already a number of tour boats on the seen. They where all watching the whales from about a 1/4 mile away. Once we arrived our Captain's experience really showed, He keep maneuvering us into great view points. One of the big male Orcas came right up to and under the boat. We stayed and watch for a good long time. On the way back we looked at sea lions as well. The 1st mate was very knowledgeable. We will return with the kids next summer.

Visited September 2012
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Bremerton, Washington
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great trip”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

The trip was very enjoyable. Skipper and first mate were very knowledgable. The orcas decided to go on a vacation when we went out to sea but we did see dolphins, sea lions and birds...lotsa birds. The weather was beautiful...granted chilly for the season but the water was just so calm. It was more of a relaxing boat trip than nature gawking. Overall, wonderful trip and if they have tours just to wander the water.....we'd go for it.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Barbara
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147 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great, family run operation”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We enjoyed the Puget Sound Express very much.

Maybe it's not fair, but the only reason I gave it four rather than five stars is that it was presented to me as a "nature voyage," not specifically a whale watching trip. So on our return from Friday Harbor they explained that they had decided to go whale watching in the middle of the large bay rather than take a more scenic route.

I would have preferred the scenic route. But, it's important to note that they did indeed find whales and so delivered a very good experience. No legitimate complaints. These are nice folks delivering a good product.

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great day viewing Orca Whales”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

My wife and I were visiting Washington State from England and wanted to do a whale watch. We liked Puget Sound Express' website and booked. It was a Sunday and there were 17 passengers and 2 crew (The informative and friendly Captain Matt, and the lovely and friendly Amy). We left at 10am and spent about 1.5 hours getting to the Orca viewing area.

Over the next 1.5 hours we saw a number of Orcas and a couple of calves. I was a little disappointed that most were some distance away and were only visible fleetingly which made photography quite difficult but Matt explained that they were required by law not to get too close to the whales. It seems that photos I've seen on Google Images of whales with boats close by are private boats not tour boats.

We visited several other spots and saw various sea birds and Steller Sea Lions and harbour seals. We over-ran our 4 hours and got back to the dock at 2.45pm. A nice trip with nice crew.

Visited August 2012
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