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Orca Watching Day Trip to the San Juan Islands

If you're looking for a fun day trip to the San Juan Islands, but don't want to deal with the traffic and the ferry lines, hop on a Victoria Clipper for a stress-free journey and a chance to spot some whales!

Leave your car behind in downtown Seattle as your cruise on the Victoria Clipper III through Puget Sound and Deception Pass. You'll arrive in Friday Harbor, where a trained on board naturalist will take you on a search for whales and sea life. You'll have a chance to spot Orca, Minke and Humpback whales, as well as bald eagles, seals, otters and other wildlife. The San Juan Islands were recently named one of the top five islands in the U.S. and Canada by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and they're consistently ranked as one of the top spots for whale and wildlife watching.

After your excursion, you'll have a few hours to enjoy the quaint seaside town of Friday Harbor. Grab a bite to eat or stroll through locally owned boutiques and shops and pick up a souvenir, before returning to the Clipper and departing for Seattle. The entire trip takes only a day, but packs plenty of action for even the most seasoned of travelers.

If you'd rather explore the island, instead of partaking in the whale and sea life search, that option is available. Skip the crowded ferries and take the high-speed Victoria Clipper to Friday Harbor. Spend the day at your leisure or even plan an overnight stay at one of the quaint local hotels and then enjoy a relaxing return trip to Seattle.

Do yourself a favor and plan a stress free trip to the San Juan Islands this summer! Whether you want to spot a breaching Orca, or simply spend some time exploring Friday Harbor and San Juan Island, Clipper Vacations makes it easy to book everything - transportation, hotel & activities.