The Ultimate Guide to
No trip to the Pacific Northwest is complete without a glimpse of our revered orca whales. Learn when to visit, where to go, and what to bring.
Let's dive in!
Spring Grey whales migrate from March to May
Summer Minke whales can appear in the Salish Sea in summer
Summer / Fall Humpback whales are visible from May to October
Year round Southern Resident Orcas are present and visible year-round
Though not the best place in Washington to whale watch, there are ways to get creative without going far.
We've evaluated the best tours in the area with expert guides, frequent sightings, and solid reviews.
Must-haves: rain jacket, rubber-soled shoes, seasickness meds, and a camera. See our road-tested picks on the blog.