Clipper Vacations departs from Pier 69 at 2701 Alaskan Way. On the San Juan Islands Whale Watching & Sealife Search Day Trip, the high-speed passenger vessel travels north through scenic Deception Pass to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, arriving at 11:45. Passengers may disembark or, from mid-May to early October, stay aboard for a 2.5-hour sea life and orca whale-watching excursion complete with onboard naturalist. Whales are sighted more than 90 percent of the time. The trip back to Seattle departs at 5, arriving at 7:45 p.m. Other tour packages also are available.
Note: Passengers should inquire beforehand about payment policy and where to park.
Guided tours are available.
Ferry round-trip fare mid-June to early Sept. $100; mid-May to mid-June and early Sept.-early Oct. $94. Ferry and whale watch round-trip fare mid-June to early Sept. $143; mid-May to mid-June and early Sept.-early Oct. $104. Child ages 1-11 $25 with paying adult; otherwise half price. Listed fares require a minimum 1-day advance purchase. Reservations are recommended.
Station: Seattle Center
Hours: Departs daily at 8:15 a.m., mid-June to early Sept.; Thurs.-Mon. at 8:15 a.m., mid-May to mid-June; Sat.-Sun. at 8:15, early Sept.-early Oct. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.