Only 90 Miles North of Seattle, Washington

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Have questions about Western Prince Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours? We have answers to many common questions on our FAQ Page or use the “Request Information” form and a team member will get back to you during business hours. You may also reach us at 360-378-5315.

How to get to Friday Harbor from Seattle:

A day trip (or overnight) to San Juan Island from Seattle is a must for locals and visitors alike. Complete your Pacific Northwest experience by getting out on the water and exploring the incredible ecosystem of the San Juan Archipelago.

To get to Friday Harbor for whale watching most people drive from Seattle to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and take the Washington State Ferry across to San Juan Island. The ferry ride is beautiful and you will see many islands on the way. The ferry to San Juan Island was recently ranked #4 out of the top 10 ferry rides in the world! Half the fun is getting here!

From Seattle, drive North on Interstate-5 to Highway 20 (Exit 230). Take Hwy. 20 west through Anacortes and out to the Washington State Ferry landing 4 miles west of Anacortes. Plan on 1.5 – 2 hours to get to Anacortes from Seattle. If you are coming just for a day trip then park your car and walk on the ferry to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. No hassle. If you are bringing your car on the ferry you must make a reservation with Washington State Ferries. You can also use the interactive Google Map.

Once you arrive in Friday Harbor stop by our office to check in for your whale watching tour. Our office is located directly next to the ferry landing upstairs in the RED building.

Please note: There is only 2 hour parking available in the town core of Friday Harbor. 8 hour parking may be available up by the courthouse at the top of 1st Street and Court Street. It is about a 5 minute walk back down to the harbor.

Want to skip the drive and take a beautiful scenic flight instead? Check out our Seattle Whale Watching Seaplane Flight Packages.

For more information about our whale watching tours, take a look at our  Western Explorer II & Boat Charter pages! If you’re coming from Seattle, read more about our Whale Watching Seattle trips!