Port Townsend is a great port to hop on board a vessel and travel the water in search of seabirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, shellfish and marine invertebrates, and marine mammals including seals, sea lions, harbor porpoise, Orca whales and occasional gray and minke whales. Orca whales inhabit the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands and many captains offer special trips during migration season.

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Puget Sound Express- Whale Watching & Wildlife Cruises

Guaranteed Whale Watching and passenger ferry service, Port Townsend to San Juan Islands. Orcas, humpbacks, gray whales and more. Daily trips, and 3-day wildlife cruises, as well as custom charters & group events for up to 70. PS Express also offers birdwatching cruises with Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Family-run, with 32 years and 3 generations of experience taking people out on the water for a memorable experience.
Phone: 360-385-5288
Fax: 360-732-0448; Email
Point Hudson Marina
227 Jackson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Peninsula Sportsman Guide and Outfitting Service

Family activities in the area are numerous including fully guided boat tours to view nearby Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge sea birds, sea ducks and other marine wildlife. Offshore adventures to set "pots" for the locally abundant Dungeness crab and spot prawns, dig for steamer clams and explore tide pools on the low tides.
Phone: 360-379-0906
Fax: 360-379-0906; Email

Port Townsend Marine Science Center - Wildlife Cruises

Cruise with the PT Marine Science Center to Protection Island to view thousands of nesting birds. It is for a glimpse of the elusive tufted puffin that many visitors make the trip. It could be your lucky day!
Phone: 360-385-5582 / Toll Free: 800-566-3932
Home Port at Point Hudson
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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