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Whale Watching In The San Juan Islands Washington Includes Kayaking With Orcas

Whether you're visiting the Pacific Northwest or are a local, if you've ever wanted to go whale watching in the San Juan Islands, Washington, we have a treat for you. This tour is not only cheap, but it's a top bucket-list item because it actually lets you kayak with Orcas! 

Sea Quest Expeditions offers kayaking adventures on Lime Kiln Point State or “Whale Watch” Park and at the San Juan Island National Historical Park — aka the heart of Orca waters from April through October.

You can choose from a list of trips ranging from a couple of hours to intense, 5-day expeditions that allow you to camp on secluded islets. All their canoes are two-person, so you'll have company.

A 3.5-hour excursion that starts at 8 a.m. will cost you $89. It even includes fiberglass kayaks, gear, life vests, and biologists who'll guide you on your journey.

While no previous experience is required, you'll still get a brief lesson before shooting out into the cool waters and paddling for about two to four miles to see otters, sea birds, and the star of the show, whales.

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Don't forget to bring a camera and take some Insta-worthy snaps to document this once-in-a-lifetime adventure where you're surrounded by Mt. Baker, the Cascades, the Olympic Mountains, and the Orcas.

The company's most popular tour is a 6-hour trip that'll cost $99.

It'll take you to some of the best routes in the U.S. to spot the killer whales. (Over 470 of them have been sighted, imagine that!) 

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If you're anything like us, you're probably wondering if you can see the underwater giants on ALL your tours. It really depends if they're home.

While peak season is from June through September, you can see the best months to visit here.

Since all the tours take you to the whales' main feeding and travel zones, you're most likely to catch a glimpse of a pod swimming nearby.

According to the website, as thrilling as this activity may be, it is safe too. And the whales never collide with your kayak. 

While the law requires your raft to be 200 to 300 yards away from the giants, the orcas have their own rules: Sometimes, you can even spot them 10 feet below you! 

Either way, if you love adrenaline-pumping adventures and are looking to add things to your Pacific Northwest bucket-lists, this should probably be right on top.

Sea Quest Expeditions: Kayak With Orcas

Price: $89 for a 3.5-hour tour; check other trips here.

When: April through October

Address: 2 Front St. S., Friday Harbor, WA

Why You Need To Go: You can kayak with real Orca whales on this bucket-list adventure.

We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.

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