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Whale Research EcoExcursions

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Whales up close

We loved this tour! You can see whales from the shore, but the tour gets you up close and personal... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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10am whale watching trip

Excellent trip, smaller boats than other companies in Depoe Bay meant a better view and more... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul A
Preston, United Kingdom
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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234 South East Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved this tour! You can see whales from the shore, but the tour gets you up close and personal with the whales. We were on Carrie’s boat and she knows everything there is to know about the resident whales. So not only were you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent trip, smaller boats than other companies in Depoe Bay meant a better view and more informative from the captain. Saw 6 or 7 whales in 90 minutes

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was very good, we liked being in the small boats, and we saw several whales. I disliked that the first sentence from the boat driver was an ask for tips, and I disliked being told that we should tip the volunteer on the...More

4  Thank KDR2014
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

If you enjoy learning about whales and seeing them then I highly recommend you make reservations. You watch a short film then Carrie shares information about the resident whales. After the film you walk down steps to the boat you are assigned to and then...More

4  Thank mmbluejay
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Depoe Bay is all about the whales, and though it isn't really necessary to take a whale tour ( we were closer to whales just sitting on the rock wall watching them in the bay, in most instances!) , the tour was informative, fun, and...More

3  Thank JenSc
Reviewed 1 July 2018

I grew up in Oregon and have seen grey whales from shore for years in and around Depoe Bay but this morning I decided to venture out into the bay itself with this terrific company. It really is all about two things: the whales and...More

1  Thank kleic
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Carrie knows her whales! That's the best part! Very knowledgabe and super friendly. Oh how I wish I could've met Kida. I was lucky enough to ride in the boat named after Kida. Thanks Carrie! I sure felt her spirit! And the whales...so many whales...More

1  Thank wbl512
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Our friends took us on this excursion during our visit to Depoe Bay. Carrie runs a first class operation. She's so passionate about the whales and at one point emotional while talking about a particular whale injured by boat propellers. The excursion itself was outstanding!...More

1  Thank Mike R
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Saw numerous whales in our one and a half hour excursion. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Our granddaughters, ages 10 & 12 loved the experience.

Thank HermistonNana
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The short educational film was enough to let us know that this company and Carrie are the "real deal." My husband, myself and our two teenagers are vegan. We love animals and are careful not to participate in the captivity or exploitation of animals. We...More

1  Thank kekrista
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Rick H
22 March 2018|
Response from krschoen |
I would call to verify for sure, but it seemed she said this morning that they often times travel through until mid-April.
Megan S
24 January 2017|
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Response from Clarksheryn | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I'm not sure. There were a few children on another boat (8-12 years old). I'd call to verify. Must be able to wear a child's life vest. It's very enjoyable, staff is amazing& you feel their passion in the service they... More
21 November 2016|
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Response from Bret G | Reviewed this property |
Hi! That is right during the eclipse weekend. The coast will be inundated with visitors. The boats are most likely completely reserved on the 21st.