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Island Adventures

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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
+1 800-465-4604
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Really good trip with a cool crew

We took our first ever whale watching tour with this group and were happy with the trip. The boat... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RamblingBadger
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Green Bay WI
Wonderful day on the water!

We went out of Anacortes, the new (3 months old) boat was very comfortable, with plenty of views... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
HappyGirl2578
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Las Vegas
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We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour - but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! They boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 4100 days with the whales, and have led excursions for over 80,000 satisfied customers.
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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+1 800-465-4604
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our first ever whale watching tour with this group and were happy with the trip. The boat was new and the three man crew was friendly and talkative. It was breezy and chilly so it was nice to have heated indoor decks available....More

Thank RamblingBadger
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to share your experience. Our crew really enjoys what they do and it's reflected in their work. We have just as much fun out there watching wildlife as our guests! Every day is different, with some days providing whales right...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went out of Anacortes, the new (3 months old) boat was very comfortable, with plenty of views from any angle on any of the three decks. The first deck was the eating deck, the second was heated indoor seating, without outdoor seating in the...More

Thank HappyGirl2578
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate you taking time to write such a thorough review! All of our vessels, but especially the new Island Explorer 5, have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options and as you learned, we encourage guests to move around and utilize all aspects of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the last minute on a short visit to the Seattle area, wife and i decided to do a whale watching trip. I found Island Adventures on the net, along with OK reviews. Wow are we happy we went with these folks. Great friendly crew...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We take a lot of pride in our vessels and crew. We're just as passionate about whales as our guests and it shows. I'm glad to read that the long journey paid off with plenty of orcas! We appreciate...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the new tour from LaConner and were blessed with great scenery and an informative guide and boat captain. We were accidentally late and they waited for us and were still very kind. This is my second time to go on a tour with...More

Thank Cormick026
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We did a morning tour with Scott, Eric, and Tyson. Our group went out on the new Island Explorer 5. The staff was awesome and entertaining and the boat was spacious. There are restrooms, indoor seating, and a cafe on board. Prices were reasonable. We...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your experience. It looks like you had a great tour with plenty of variety, and those humpbacks that were found on the way home were a great bonus find! We love showing our guests as much wildlife as...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Had a great time with the crew of the IE5 new whale watching boat. Would highly recommend this trip for any nature lovers. The crew was really knowledgeable and friendly!

Thank Elan K
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Elan, Thanks for joining us on the new Island Explorer 5! It was great to have you join us.

Reviewed 13 September 2017

We were on the Island Explorer boat 5. Brand new and wonderful accommodations! 3 staff members were excellent in their presentations.

Thank Naomi N
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Naomi, Thank you for joining us on the brand new Island Explorer 5! It was a pleasure to have you join us during her first season on the water!

Reviewed 9 September 2017

As another reviewer said...We saw Orcas! We also saw harbor seals and steller sea lions. We were on Island Explorer 5, a very comfortable large catamaran. Our captain always kept us informed about what we were doing, where we were headed, and why. The on-board...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour with us. We are quite happy with the new Island Explorer 5. She was built specifically for whale watching in this region and we couldn't be happier with how she turned out. I'm glad you...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

Definitely a "must do" experience whether you are a tourist or a visitor to the Northwest. The boat is beautiful, the crew is top notch, and the area this tour visits is amazing. The crew knows how to find whales, and we were lucky enough...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you, Kathy, both for joining us and for reviewing your experience! The Pacific Northwest is by far one of the best places on the planet for whale watching. It sounds like you really lucked out with four different pods of orcas! Watching just one...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had an amazing time on our whale watching tour with Island Adventure! We had the opportunity to spend over an hour watching a pod of transient Orca whales as they fed and played. It was an awesome experience! We also saw a bald eagle,...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you for taking the to review your tour. There's really no place like the San Juan Islands to watch wildlife, especially when you're lucky enough to spend an hour watching orcas do what they do best! We appreciate your kind words!

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Jvierling
21 June 2017|
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Response from Bill B | Reviewed this property |
double check with Island Adventures but they used to have two cruises one in the morning one in the afternoon it does take several hours though
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jkraker
19 July 2016|
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Response from Kat S | Reviewed this property |
I don't tend to be seasick, but the boat was fairly steady and the waters pretty calm. I didn't notice anyone having any problems.
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Jacqueline L
8 April 2016|
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Response from srac573 | Reviewed this property |
Boats are only allowed within so many feet of animals...but by watching the swim path...the crew can often put themselves in a position to allow them to get closer with the engine off. As a passenger...I was very impressed... More
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