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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor

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Suiting up for Whale Watching

tucker house staff goes whale watching After today, the phrase “suit up” took on a whole different meaning! You’ve never properly suited up until you’ve dawned an insulated cruiser suit, hat, gloves, and goggles to set out on a whale discovery quest. And let me tell you, the crew at Western Prince has discovery in their blood. I have explored the seas for many years with my family. However, I have never seen so many whales in all those years combined as when I went whale watching on the Western Explorer.

There is something to be said about having professional whale finders take you out on an excursion rather than your dad who has a “feeling” there is going to be something exciting on that day’s fishing trip to entice you to go. The captain and owner of our tour, Ivan, and our Naturalist, Nina, were a wealth of information. They had all sorts of fun fact up their sleeves. They ranged from salmon populations to orca migration patterns. I feel like an expert on whales just from listening to them! I don’t want to steal their thunder though so I’ll just leave the sea creature information to them. Their environmental and animal friendliness also thoroughly impressed me. They have a passion for conservation that is evident in their day-to-day lives and business.

Cozy Up with the True Locals of the San Juan Islands

On our tour, we cruised all the way over to Victoria, B.C. to witness the “Super Pod” that had congregated. We were surrounded from the instant we slowed to watch. Everywhere you looked there was a pod surfacing with orcas ranging from full-grown males to cute little calves—and yes, I did just call a thousand pound animal cute. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, a pod of about 6 headed directly for our zodiac. In that instance, the only action you can take is to turn off your motor and enjoy being up close and personal with the true locals of the San Juan Islands. Click the video below to see!

All in all, if you want a personable, unique, ocean life-filled adventure, this is the one for you! Whether you’re a single rider, or adventuring with your family and friends, Western Prince has the perfect whale watching trip planned. They also have a bigger, children and senior-friendly boat. It is called the Western Prince II. It’s available for anyone concerned with rough waters or motion sickness.

Be sure to check out the Whale Museum after your trip. You can impress all your friends and family at home with your orca knowledge!

Let us Book your Tour for you

One of the many perks of staying at the Harrison House Suites is that we will take care of all your reservation needs. From whale watching to dinner to plane rides, we’ve got you covered. If you’re staying with us at the San Juan Island Inn Collection, give us a call and we’ll help book your next adventure! Or you can contact Western Prince directly at 1 (800) 757-6722.

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