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Island Adventures

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We saw a lot of whales. It was worth making the trip. The crew was fantastic and was very... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Cheryl J
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We have gone on several trips with Island Adventures. Their boats are comfortable and... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Coni J
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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...more
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We saw a lot of whales. It was worth making the trip. The crew was fantastic and was very informative

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Cheryl, Thanks so much for taking time to review your tour! We will pass your review on to the rest of our staff!

Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We have gone on several trips with Island Adventures. Their boats are comfortable and well-equipped; staff friendly and knowledgable. They make every effort to give you a great experience on the water. They gaurantee you will see whales, if not your next trip is free!More

Thank Coni J
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Coni, We so appreciate your loyalty to Island Adventures. We work very hard to ensure that guests that first choose us continue to choose us year after year for their whale watching adventures! We hope you see something new and fun each time and look...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018

We always talked about a whale watching trip and finally this was it. We boarded the Island Explorer 5 and were immediately impressed. This cruiser is only a year old and pristine. All the amenities you could want, large washroom(very clean), yummy lunch (chowder in...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thanks for choosing Island Adventures for your first whale watching tour! We work very hard to keep our boats looking their best so it's always nice to hear that our efforts are appreciated! Glad you had such a great tour with a variety of wildlife....More

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Newer to Skagit County WA. We love to explore the beauty and nature all around us. We had booked a whale excursion out of Bellingham, WA last year. Spent 5 hours on an older vessel. Stuffy and narrow inside cabin area, bench seating only on...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

What a thorough review! This will be very helpful for guests planning a whale watching tour. We really try to make sure we provide a memorable experience from the moment you check in until the moment you leave the boat and we're glad to see...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

This was our third time on a whale watching trip and by far the best. The amenities on board the ship (Island Explorer 5) were great. Plenty of comfortable seating inside and outside, with food and a bar, and clean and spacious restrooms. We saw...More

Thank Kelly E
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Kelly, Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We are so thrilled with the new Island Explorer 5! All of our vessels are great, but she really takes it to the next level! We'll definitely pass your comments on to your crew from...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018

Had a wonderful experience on this tour. Captain Carl, first mate Naomi and naturalists Erin and Emma (hope I got all the names right), were professional, stressed safety and answered all our questions. And then- we found whale #44, DubNuk (I think his name) and...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We heard about that tour and saw all the spyhopping photos - very neat! We will pass your comments to all the crew (and yes, you got the names right!). Thanks again for coming back to share your experience.

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Incredible! We had the most fabulous time on our tour this morning/afternoon. We saw harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and...a pod of orcas. The crew could not have been more pleasant and informative and the boat was in pristine condition-plenty of room on three...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thank you for taking time out of your day to share your experience. We love the new Island Exporer 5 and work hard to keep her looking her best. It sounds like you had a great time and saw a nice variety of wildlife. It...More

Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful boat, excellent staff. Tyson was our naturalist and he didn’t disappoint. His jokes were even on point! We were fortunate enough to witness an Orca family swimming, which was amazing! The whale watching process is slow, not much to see or do until you...More

Thank Canarons
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Thanks for sharing your experience and yes, we agree, Tyson is fantastic! Every tour is a little different - sometimes we find whales right off the dock, other days it could take a while - but sounds like your whale encounter was worth the wait!...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018

Today I went out on the 11:30 am whale watch from Anacortes and it was the experience of a lifetime. The Captain made all the right moves and sure enough found us (and all of the other whale watch boats in the San Juan Islands)...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to review your tour with us! We work very, very hard to provide unforgettable experiences for our guests and we're thrilled to read that we delivered such an experience for you. I will pass your kind words on...More

Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We are currently on the 10am tour out of Everett. We have seen 4 grey whales, 3 bald eagles ( 4 if you count the one I missed), and a bunch of sea lions! We debated about going, and so glad we did. Crew was...More

Thank Paula K
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Paula, Thank you so much for writing about your Everett tour. We operate our tours rain or shine because whales don't mind getting a little wet! We're so glad that you decided to hop on and join us and saw a great variety of wildlife....More

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Yes. Plenty of parking
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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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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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