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Deer Harbor Charters

#3 of 15 Tours in Orcas Island Features Animals
Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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First Rate!

We took the off-season mid May tour and as a result, we had mixed expectations of whale sightings... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bernadette Z
Colorado Springs
We loved it.

Extraordinary experience. We were lucky the Orcas were very nearby and thus we had several hours to... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Gabriel G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the off-season mid May tour and as a result, we had mixed expectations of whale sightings. We were very pleasantly surprised! Besides finding humpbacks, elephant seals, harbor seals and several bald eagles fishing for their lunch, our crew went above and beyond to...More

Thank Bernadette Z
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Extraordinary experience. We were lucky the Orcas were very nearby and thus we had several hours to watch them and then go find other wildlife (rather than having to travel great distances looking for whales). The crew was exceptionally welcoming, e.g., they didn't make us...More

1  Thank Gabriel G
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Tom and Trey worked hard to make sure everyone on our boat had a great experience watching orcas. They communicated with other boats to find a pod, and Trey kept things moving with fascinating commentary. Trey clearly knows an immense amount about the ocean and...More

1  Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Very informative! It was cold out but they provided a warm blanket and binoculars to make the trip more comfortable. We got to see a eagle carry a seagull to land to feast with his little buddies. It got about 10 feet close to the...More

Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

First of all it goes with out saying I was disappointed we didn't see any Orca pods- especially as the tour a few days before saw the K pod and some transient Whales. With that being said it was still a beautiful, relaxing day spent...More

1  Thank Katie L
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We scheduled an off-season whale watching tour with Deer Harbor. Apparently I can't read because we went the day before we were scheduled. Natalie was very kind and was able to put us on that tour anyways. While we didn't see any whales that day,...More

1  Thank mt3dogday
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My sister-in-law and I take a girls trip to Orcas Island every other year in September. We go whale watching with Deer Harbor Charters every time because they are the very best. The guys make the trip fun and informative. We have never been disappointed,...More

1  Thank Diane226
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had a great trip! Be mindful that laws prevent boats from getting closer than 200 yards to the orcas, so you will not be very near the orcas. Good binoculars are supplied at no cost to everyone on the boat. Blankets are supplied as...More

Thank _whmorrison
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We booked the tour from the Rosario marina since it was closest to our Bed and Breakfast. Because of the location of the whales (and probably because they didn't have enough people, but didn't say that), they asked us to come to the main location...More

1  Thank StaceyM
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoyed our whale watching trip today with Nate and Trey of Deer Harbor Charters. Both are knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat ride was comfortable and casual. We saw many whales as well as other wildlife. It was a great way to see more of...More

Thank Janet B
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Coming in mid July - wondering if I will see any wildlife (like eagles or dolphins) on the sailing trip, or only on the whale watching trip
21 June 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.
Ken K
is mid April a good time to take this tour?
3 January 2015|
Response from deerharborcharters |
Mid April is still considered the off season. We do see whales occasionally that time of year but not as consistent as the months from May to October. April is a great month though with lots of other wildlife sightings... More