This Classic Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour is great for families! Go in search of orcas, humpback whales, seals, eagles and more aboard the 55-foot Sea Lion vessel. With marine naturalists on board, all of your curious questions will be answered. Plus, there is a field guide library and children’s books on board so kids are sure to be entertained.
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This Classic Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour departs from Roche Harbor located at 248 Reuben Memorial Drive, Roche Harbor, WA 98250.Is the tour appropriate for children?
Yes, it is great for all ages. There are also children's books on board for the kids. Parents of children under 2 years of age are asked to stay in the windowed, heated cabin or use a "wear on" baby carrier for safety reasons.Is there a bathroom?
Yes, the Sea Lion vessel has a large marine restroom on board.What should I wear?
Temperatures are significantly cooler on the water so warm layers and flat shoes with a rubber bottom, such as tennis shoes, are recommended. Other recommended items include a hat, rain jacket or windbreaker, and gloves (ideally for spring and fall tours).What should I bring?
The following items are recommended: sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, water bottle (no glass please), and snacks. Alcohol, tobacco and marijuana products are prohibited.Will the vessel accommodate a person in a wheelchair?
Due to safety reasons, the vessel can accommodate the person but not the wheelchair because all seats must be anchored to the boat itself. If the person can stand, walk up two steps on the outside of boat, then one on the inside, the tour operator will do their best to pre-board them. If you need assistance, please note your request in the comment section above when booking your reservation.What is the best month to see the whales?
Peak season is considered the summer months of mid-June through early September. During this time, you will see whales (orcas, humpbacks, greys and/or minkes) on over 90% of these tours. There are whales in the San Juan Islands year round, but much less predictably outside of those summer months.What will I see on this tour?
This tour offers breathtaking scenery and marine wildlife as you cruise in search for orcas, whales, seals, bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises, and much more.Are whale sightings guaranteed?
While sightings of marine wildlife are guaranteed, whale sightings are not guaranteed. However, 20 years of sightings data shows that you will have a 90% chance of seeing whales during the peak months of June – September.How do you get to San Juan Islands?
San Juan Island is accessed via the Washington State Ferry that departs from Anacortes, WA. Anacortes is an easy 2-hour drive north of downtown Seattle. The ferry schedule changes seasonally and the ferry departs at specific types typically around 9 am.