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Island Mariner Cruises. This long-respected tour company conducts whale-watching, nature, and sunset cruises around Bellingham Bay and on out to the San Juans. 360/734-8866 or 877/734-8866. www.orcawatch.com.
San Juan Cruises. This popular whale-watching excursion company sails around Bellingham Bay and out to the San Juan Islands, where there's a stop for lunch and exploring in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Under the right conditions, the views of whales and sunsets cannot be beat. 360/738-8099 or 800/443-4552. www.whales.com.
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