The San Juan Islands are located about 60 miles north of Seattle, WA, in the Puget Sound. The waters are characteristically very calm and home to orcas, making the spot a great place to see killer whales in their natural habitats.
One family-owned company, known as San Juan Excursions, is a particularly good choice for people of charitable mindsets. The organization reportedly gave more than $40,000 to charitable organizations last year. They also help educational programs in the Pacific Northwest teach children and adults about ocean preservation.
The trip leaders are certified by the United States Coast Guard and have a working familiarity of the local waters, so you can expect a safe and informative journey. Visitors will be able to enjoy the whale watching tour on the “Odyssey,” which was built in 1941 as a U.S. Navy search and rescue vessel that is now converted into a beautiful yacht.
On your whale watching tour you have a chance to see orca whales, sea lions, and porpoise. San Juan Excursions even has a guarantee that if you don’t see an orca whale they will give you a free pass to come again. For the highest chance to see orcas, take the tour sometime between May and September.