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Orcas Island Whale Watching

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  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
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Orcas Island Whale Watching
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11 am Guaranteed Whale WatchMost Popular
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Departs daily from Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA. Check in at 10:30
US$107.02
3 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Departs daily from Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA. Check in at 3 pm.
US$107.02
1 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Check in at 12:30.
US$107.02
Overview
Get up close with the killer whales off Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands near Seattle, on this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Eastsound. Led by naturalist guides and captains, climb aboard a Blackfish fleet vessel and travel through some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest searching for orca, humpback and gray whales. Along the way, see ocean wildlife in their natural environment, like seals, porpoises, sea lions and otters — plus a wide variety of birds and more. Sightings are guaranteed from April through early September.
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Orcas, orcas, and more orcas!!!

Went on this lovely excursion with my grown daughter, her husband and 2 grand kids ages 9 and 11. Everything was superb. The weather, smooth water, and the numerous orcas. We saw some humpbacks, too. Heather, the naturalist, was chatty and full of info. I...More

1  Thank alicerabbit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
🐳🐳Whales!!

I actually did two activities with this outfit and they were both great. The first day I did the Whale watching. We had a full boat of about 30 passengers. There was one large group who were locals with some out of town guests celebrating...More

Thank Rucklvl
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
BUYER BEWARE!

There is no doubt they knew where to find the Orcas. However, included in the $600 family outing was an hour and a half going to and from another island in the opposite direction from the Orcas in order to pick up more passengers. Three...More

2  Thank R1509GJrobertf
CaptainBeau, Manager at Outer Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the pit stop at Lopez Island. Its a cool little spot in the islands that we enjoy visiting. It is only 20 minutes there from our home port not an hour and a half. Our tours are...More

Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Great time on the water!

A beautiful day & watched whales for a long time diving & surfacing in the distance by the boat. Such beautiful scenery. Loved the small group size -30- and the captain Andrew & staff were exceptional. Very knowledgeable & freely answered questions & made the...More

1  Thank Alleta B
Reviewed 24 June 2018
NOT SO Happy

We made reservations via phone calls months earlier to go on the “non-ferry” tour, out of Anacortes. The morning of our trip, we found out that the representative with whom we’d made the reservations put us on the “ferry” tour, out of Orcas Island. An...More

1  Thank pbattle2018
CaptainBeau, Manager at Outer Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

We have a tour from Orcas Island. It does take a ferry to get there. We also have a tour from Anacortes. It does NOT require a ferry. Certainly for anyone not staying on the island Anacortes is far more convenient. If you make a...More

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