‘There is a 96% chance that we’ll see whales today.. and when we’ll have a flute day you can book a new tour with us, for free!’. With that confidence our captain of the Island Adventures boat, spoke to us before we left the shore of Seattle. My parents booked the tour months before we left for the USA, excited as hell to see some killer whales in real life.. or any other whale really.. or dolphins. Anything would be exciting. We’ve seen whales before, during a boat trip in Tenerife. But seeing killer whales in real life? How impressive would that be!
The day of our whale watching tour we left early, driving from the South side of Seattle -where we booked our house for the week- to the North side. The tour we booked took around five hours. In those five hours we sailed through the harbor of Seattle, over the ocean and we even sailed over Canadian waters, which means that I’ve technically been in Canada;-). We saw the most magnificent views, waters and the most beautiful animals – from American Eagles to dolphins and sea lions – but still.. after almost five hours of scanning the water, when every wave started to look like an Orca, we didn’t get the chance to see them. Sadly, as we returned to the shore of Seattle, it was getting more and more likely that we had to return home without seeing whales.
My parents, desperate to see killer whales in real life discussed about whether or not we should make use of the ‘free tour’ offer. We only had one day left in Seattle, before heading to Glacier National Park. And that day was supposed to be reserved for hiking Mount Reinier. However, spending another day at sea (for free), looking for whales with a 96% chance of seeing them? That made the decision a lot harder. Before the boat was back at shore we decided that we wanted to book another tour, and luckily they had still some spots free for the next day: a sunset cruise, departing in the late afternoon – returning after sunset.
The morning after our first day of failed whale watching we returned back to the shore – praying almost, hoping that we didn’t cancel our plans of Mount Reinier for nothing.
After arriving on the boat we were greeted by the same staff as the day before, we sat on the same place as the day before and we ordered the same meals as the day before. The boat seemed like our private Seattle hotel. It sailed away, into the waters of the ocean, directing North, to Canada. We saw some American Eagles, we saw some sea lions chilling on the rocks of the coast and we saw a huge amount of dolphins followed by seagulls, who were looking for a chance to steal fish. The day went by and it got darker and darker. It was at the time of sunset when we realized that we weren’t going to see whales anymore. The tour was over.. including our time in Seattle.
As much as I would have liked to see whales, I still had two awesome days at sea, filled with a sight of dolphins and the perfect sign of America: the American Eagle. The view of Seattle’s ocean was beautiful, and the mountains that defined the coastal line were magnificent. Returning to Seattle to act all ‘Free Willy’ is definitely on my list, and even though this tour didn’t show us whales I will definitely recommend it, as honestly, they DO see whales 96% of the time!