Above photo of Granny (J2) taken by Sara Hysong-Shimazu.
We are committed to education and conservation while advocating responsible whale watching.
The Pacific Whale Watch Association consists of 28 dedicated whale watching and ecotourism businesses committed to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing. Member companies depart from 19 different ports in Washington State and British Columbia, educating and inspiring nearly half a million visitors every year.
Each one of our member operators provides a unique experience. Whether you’re looking for an exciting Zodiac-style boat, the comfort of a larger family-friendly vessel, or something in-between, there’s a PWWA member company that’s just right for you!
All members of the PWWA have a great respect and admiration for the Pacific Northwest and its magnificent wildlife. Many of our captains and naturalists are marine scientists and educators, and we consider our boats to be floating classrooms. We're committed to direct conservation, using our extraordinary access to marine mammal populations in order to help protect them for generations to come.
Our operators often get asked by guests, other boaters, and shore-based observers whether our activities affect the whales. We love these questions because they allow us the opportunity to address the many precautions we take to ensure that the wildlife we love is not disturbed.