In addition to its role as the southern home port of the Alaska ferry
, Bellingham Cruise Terminal (BCT) is home port to a diverse fleet of charter vessels offering unique, on-the-water experiences. From BCT, you can:
Vessel Charter Operators
- Reserve a seat aboard one of several charter vessels cruising the San Juan Islands
- Sail on the Zodiac, a historic wooden sailing schooner, around Bellingham Bay or through the Islands
- View wildlife and Pacific Northwest orca whales in their natural surroundings on a whale-watching cruise
The Bellingham Cruise Terminal is also home port to a number of charter businesses offering boat trips in/around the San Juan Islands including Friday Harbor. These trips range from a half day to weekly excursions. Contact the businesses below for more details.
Bellingham’s close proximity to the San Juan Islands makes it the perfect location to set off on a whale-watching adventure. The San Juan Islands, which are just a short, scenic ride away, are known for their picturesque views of wildlife, including orca whales (Orcinus orca). Many orcas, living in groups called pods, make the islands their year-round home. View them in their natural setting aboard local charter vessels operating daily during the summer months.