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Orcas Island Whale Watching

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    What to Expect
    Our Orcas Island Whale Watching tours depart from Eastsound and cruise out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with our knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. We pride ourselves on our fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups- never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish Fleet are the fastest in the region: our newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first Marine Ambulance in Washington State!

    On our Orcas Island tours we will often pass by local landmarks like Patos Island Lighthouse, Sucia Island,Turn Point Lighthouse, Monarch Head on Saturna Island, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca! While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, we search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, and more. We often encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well! We almost always see Bald Eagles, and we frequently see Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Ancient Murrelets, and many diverse marine species. We occasionally find Tufted Puffins and even endangered Marbled Murrelets. Seasonally hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.

    We are proud to guarantee whale sightings on our tours from April through early September. We are so confident in our ability to find whales because the numbers speak for themselves: In 2015 we had 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours! We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Orcas Island
    3h 30m
    • Professional guide
    • High Speed Vessels
    • 3-4 hour tour
    • 8.1% Washington State sales tax and applicable fees. The taxes and fees are required by the governing authority and not within local supplier's control
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Great boat ride. Saw humpback whale. However, my experience with the “naturalist” put a damper on the whole trip. The “naturalist” didn’t say much other than: “do you have any questions.” When I did ask her relevant questions she had a really bad attitude, seemed incredibly
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    I chose Outer Island Excursions for whale watching off Orcas. They really know what they’re doing: small fast boats, lots of chances to interact with the very informative naturalist (go Katie!) and a knowledgeable captain (Paul!) who kept in communication with all the other
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    When we boarded our whale watching vessel we sat outside with our 5 and 6 year old children. I asked twice about life jackets for the kids, and both times my question was met with almost confusion, telling me they had life jackets in case of an emergency and "no one ever falls
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    Drew, Beth, and Dawn were incredible guides for yesterday's whale watching. They were incredibly informative and chock full of facts and info on the whales. We got to see 3 different families of Orcas meet up for a "party" which was a once in a lifetime opportunity! We also saw
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    My experience was amazing! The views of the ocean and the whales were breathtaking and indescribable when put to words. The naturalists were informative of the whales and the other animals that we saw during the boat tour. I recommend this tour and seeing for yourself!
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