Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as we embark on a journey to Hurricane Ridge and the San Juan Islands from July 30th to August 4th, 2023. From breathtaking mountain vistas to pristine waters teeming with wildlife, this trip by OregonWest Excursions promises to be unforgettable. Here are five types of wildlife you’re likely to see on our trip to the San Juan Islands.

Orcas (Killer Whales)

The San Juan Islands are famous for their resident orcas. August is an ideal time to witness these magnificent creatures as they frequently visit the area in search of salmon.

Bald Eagles

The San Juan Islands are home to a healthy population of bald eagles. These iconic birds of prey can often be seen soaring through the skies or perched on tall trees, keeping an eye out for their next meal.

Harbor Seals

As you explore the shorelines and rocky areas of the San Juan Islands, keep an eye out for harbor seals. These marine mammals are commonly spotted lounging on rocks or swimming gracefully near the water’s edge. You might hear them before you see them. Keep a distance to avoid disturbing them.


If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of tufted puffins during your visit to the San Juan Islands. These distinctive birds with their colorful beaks and striking appearance typically nest in remote areas. Their populations have been declining in recent years, so if you spot one, know that it is a rare sight.

Dall’s Porpoises

The Dall’s porpoises are known for their playful nature and remarkable speed. These porpoises often accompany boats and create bow waves as they swim alongside. They are sometimes mistaken as orcas due to their black and white coloring.

OregonWest Excursions’ trip to the San Juan Islands in August offers a wonderful chance to witness some truly remarkable wildlife. Prepare your binoculars and camera, and get ready for an unforgettable wildlife adventure in the San Juan Islands!