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Enjoy breathtaking sights of humpbacks, minke and orca whales and more on the Clipper III’s Seattle to San Juan Islands Whale Watching & Sealife Search day and overnight trips. (Image: Ron Norwood)

The 5 best things about a Victoria Clipper whale watching trip

The San Juan Islands are consistently ranked as one of the top spots in the country for whale and wildlife watching. In fact, this area of the world is renowned for its resident pods of orca whales. If you want a chance to spot some whales, we recommend hopping on board the Victoria Clipper III for stress-free journey without all the traffic and ferry lines. There are other benefits to a Victoria Clipper whale watching trip as well--check them out!

Whales and Sea Life

Last year, Clipper had whale sightings on 97% of their trips--incredible odds! Guests regularly spot orca whales, minke whales and even humpback whales. Yet, that doesn't even include the other wildlife to be seen. Be on the lookout for migratory birds like bald eagles, Dall's porpoises, seals, otters and other animals as well. There is plenty to see.

Onboard Naturalist

The onboard naturalist and the captain are experts at finding whales. The whales move around from day to day in search of food, so having someone onboard who knows the whales' patterns and how to spot them is a big bonus. The trained naturalist on your tour will be a wealth of information and will educate you about the whales' habits and other marine and bird life seen in the area and surrounding islands.

The Beauty of the Journey

The Victoria Clipper III takes a scenic route through Washington's Deception Pass and the San Juan Islands in search of whales. You'll pass stunning coastlines and deep green forests. Hopefully the sun will even come out to play--turning the waters of the San Juan Islands into a glittering play land.

Food and Fun

It's fun to be on the Clipper--plain and simple. No ferry lines, no traffic and no stress. All you have to do is sit back and relax. Play a card game with your friends and family or watch the scenery pass by. Traveling on the Clipper is quick and easy and there are even snacks, drinks and fresh light meals on board to enjoy.

Friday Harbor

Your journey to the San Juan Islands on the Clipper includes a stopover in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This charming seaside village is a great place to go ashore at the end of the whale-watching excursion for a little shopping, a late lunch or to pick up a souvenir. Enjoy the town for a couple of hours and then hop back on the boat for the journey back to Seattle! Or, if you'd like to explore more of San Juan Island, you can stay overnight and catch the Clipper home the next afternoon.

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