I’ll admit that when we showed up, my expectations were a bit low. We’ve been on plenty of excursions and it’s rare that they live up to the lofty expectations. Stepping off the boat 3 hours later, it has lived up to the hype!
We got to the wharf about 20 minutes before the boat left. A nice perk was that they picked us up from the hotel – it was only about 5 minutes from downtown but it was a nice nonetheless.
Once there we had about 15 minutes to burn. A number of the businesses in the area offered a 10% discount for people in the tour, so we went and grabbed a coffee. Quick jaunt up a ramp and caffeinated we went!
The trip varies from 3-4 hours depending on what you see and where. We got super lucky and saw some beautiful animals almost right away! Over the time we saw a couple of types of Orcas, Humpback whales, Harbor seals, a Steller Sea Lion, Elephant Seals, and a couple of Eagles. It was seriously as good as we could have hoped for! The water was calm and the boat very comfortable. It’s pretty chilly on the water so consider wearing pants and bringing a light jacket.
Inside the boat, there was indoor and outdoor seating for roughly 55 people in total. They provided coats, hats, and mittens for everyone who wanted them. Snacks and beverages were available for $2 each. There were 4 or 5 naturalists on the boat who kept us up on everything that was going on and gave great information about the species we were viewing.
In addition to sea life, the views of Mt. Baker, the Olympic Mountains, a number of islands and the coast were spectacular! On a nice day, there’s nowhere better than the NW and being on the water elevates it.
This tour blew us away! The whole thing was spectacular and really surpassed our expectations – Keep up the great work!