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“Best whale watching day ever!”

Outer Island Expeditions
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Orcas Island Whale Watching
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Eastsound
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 30 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips. Our Small Fast Boats get you up-close and personal with the region's famous Orca Whales! We see whales on about 97% of our tours! Join us for a group trip or you can customize your own private charter and add fishing, kayaking, island hopping, and more.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Bellingham, Washington
1 review
“Best whale watching day ever!”
Reviewed 8 October 2011

My wife and I have been on whale watching trips several times over the past 5 years and no prior trip was in the same universe as this one. This was a late season trip on a boat (Triton) that my wife and a friend had taken a few weeks earlier with success. This trip was very different. We were guided into Orca Whales in less than an hour after leaving the dock and were almost constantly within sight of multiple Orcas for nearly 4 hours. The very informative and delightful captain; Joe, extended the time on the water as we were in a fabulous viewing position that lasted and lasted. The day ended with a fast, smooth ride back to the dock as the sun was getting low in the west. Great crew, great boat and a truly memorable day with several outstanding photos for memories. My wife is a photographer and the stable platform provided by this particular boat was much appreciated.
Thank you to the Outer Islands Expedition folks! We will be back.

Visited September 2011
Thank John D
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“Most enjoyable day!”
Reviewed 30 September 2011

Spent half day with our adult children and we loved our time with Beau. He is an ex park ranger and knows the waters and wildlife and it made for a memorable day. We did some fishing and kept one which was cooked for dinner that night! Beau is a very knowledgable young man with a very calm and friendly demeanor. This is our second time using OUTER ISLAND EXPEDITIONS and we will be back each time we visit the island. Thank you Beau!

Visited September 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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“Wonderful kayak trip with a terrific guide”
Reviewed 24 September 2011

Our trip was a full day guided kayak during which we ferried out to Sucia Island, from Orcas, and then circumnavigated Sucia. We lucked out with the weather, sun and calm waters, and our guide, Paul, who was quite pleasant and knowledgeable about the island’s history, flora and fauna. Definitely recommend Outer Islands for a great kayak trip. They also do whale watching tours and we are thinking about that for our next trip to Orcas.

Visited September 2011
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

This was our first whale watching trip and we had a great time. Thank you Beau, and Joe for a great experience. This is the way to go. Stay off the big boats and take this personalized trip with these professionals!

Visited September 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing whale-watching experience!”
Reviewed 16 September 2011

My fiancee and I wanted to go whale-watching on our trip to Orcas Island. Although a slight bit pricier than their competition, Outer Island Expeditions boasted a more personalized experience by way of a smaller group so we chose to book with them. Beau, our captain Joe, and the rest of the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the part of nature we were there to explore. The trip was engaging and fun for a nautical novice like myself and we were fortunate to not only see numerous Orca whales in their natural habitat, but also seals, sea lions, and even an elusive Minkee whale. The experts at Outer Island Expeditions used their vast knowledge of marine life behaviors to give us an experience that exceeded our expectations. Our small ship (two other couples along with ourselves and the captain) allowed us more socialization and one-to-one discussion with Joe who answered all of our questions with expertise and conviviality.

We highly recommend this 3-4 hour trip as an addition to anyone's San Juan Islands itinerary. Thank you Outer Island Expeditions for a great time!

Visited September 2011
Thank smcnally22
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