Washington State Nature Guide
Nature by Charter Boat
Boat Trips Recommended by Sunny
Boat Trips Recommended by Others
Charter Boat Trips I Have Personally Enjoyed
Whale and Bird Watching
by Charter Boat
- Puget Sound Express (PSE)
Point Hudson Marina, 431 Water
Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Daily boat trips from Port
Townsend to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor to see Orcas, seals,
seabirds and other wildlife.
Adventures Bad URL 6/12!
(probably out of business)
Box 157, Sekiu, WA 98381-9728
Puffin or 888-305-2437 or 360-963-2744
boat tours out of Neah Bay to see gray whales, Dall and harbor porpoises,
white-sided dolphins, both Stellar and California sea lions, harbor seals,
and sea otters.
Nature-Oriented Jet Boat
- Coho Charters
2501 North Nyhus, P.O. Box
1087, Westport, WA 98595
Gray whale boat tours out
- Columbia River Journeys
303-D Casey Ave, PO Box 26,
Richland, WA 99352
Jet boat tour up the Columbia
River to see the White Cliffs of the Hanford Reach; pelicans, osprey, great
blue herons, mule deer and other wildlife; historic buildings.
- Box Canyon Resort
8612 Hwy 31 - between Ione
and Metaline, WA
Jet boat tour of historic
"Z" Canyon to see wildlife, waterfalls, Boundary Dam; seasonal white-water.
- Beamers Hells Canyon Tours
1451 Bridge St., Clarkston,
Jet boat tour up the dramatic
Snake River Canyon to see bighorn sheep, mule deer, and other wildlife;
historic Kirkwood Ranch; ancient Indian petroglyphs; white-water.
Charter Boat Trips Recommended by Others
Coastal Wilderness Adventures
Recommended by Gary Luhm
- Home Shore, a kayak mother
(explore SE Alaska's wild ocean margins and sheltered passages, visited
by no cruise ships and few boats.
Hot springs, glaciers, whales, brown bear, tidepools, and more.)
- Gary Luhm Photos
(click on "In the Field")
New URL 8/10!
by Len Steiner, East Lake Washington Audubon Society:
Watching Charter Boat
- Viking Cruises
by Ken McDonald
109 N. First St. Po.
Box 327, Laconner, WA 98257
Year around cruises in Puget
Sound - bird watching in the fall and winter;
whale watching in summer;
extensively used by Audubon groups.
by Janet O'Mara, Skagit Audubon Society
- Island Adventure Whale
1020 Q Ave., Cap Sante Marina
/ P.O. Box 1718, Anacortes, WA 98221
or 800-465-4604 or 360-293-2428
Daily trips in the San Juan
island to see Orcas and other marine mammals; marine biologist, on-board
whale and wildlife library; 5 - 6 hour tour.
to Protection Island National Bird Refuge
- Westport Seabirds Pelagic
Float #8, Westport, WA
All day trips to Grays Canyon,
a submarine canyon which lies 35 nautical miles due west from the mouth
of Grays Harbor, to see black-footed albatross, fork-tailed storm-petrel,
and many seasonal offshore bird species.
Project SeaWolf Endorsements and Recommendations
- Port Townsend Marine Science
532 Battery Way, Port
Townsend, WA 98368
Island or 360-385-5582
Saturday cruises during
spring and fall migration to see loons, puffins, phalaropes, merlins, bald
eagles, oystercatchers, mergansers, murrlets, etc., and eight mammal species,
Tour Boat Operators
Washington Nature Weekends by Sunny Walter and Janet O'Mara,
was published in August, 2001.
The following chapters discuss
where and when to experience seasonal
Charter Boat Trip events:
Gray Whale Migration off Westport
Coastal Raptor Migration at Cape Flattery
Earth Day Celebration in the Tri-Cities
Wildflowers of the Blue Mountains
Osprey Chicks on the Pend Oreille River
Orcas in the San Juans
Offshore Birdwatching at Westport
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