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Outer Island Expeditions

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“saw orcas”(19 reviews)
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...more
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54 Hunt Rd, Smugglers Villa Resort, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9734
+1 360-376-3711
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Reviewed 2 days ago

TLDR: My girlfriend and I were denied entry to the whale watching tour and had to purchase tickets for the next day. We were promised a refund then ghosted. I purchased tickets for the wrong day. I consider this an honest mistake. I was made...More

Thank Adventure42736496224
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best orca experience; lot of orcas to see up and close. The boat filled up too quick and it was raining; So there was a bit struggle with toddler to sit away from other family members; They should have one row per family so that...More

Thank AlwaysReadytotrip
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First off let me start out by saying I absolutely fear the ocean! It’s scary to think that we (as humans) know more about space then we do the ocean! With that being said I’ve done a few things to over come my fears by...More

Thank Itsg06
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed Orcas watching twice. First time with kid and second time with the whole family. Both times we saw Orcas. Sadly they are not that comfortable in a harbor anymore. But company ( boat captain) didn't break any rules when approaching Orcas, and turned...More

Thank Olga_CA2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good trajectory, friendly staff, knowledgeable guide/captain. Lots of orca whales and other sea creatures to see. Just make sure to carry warm clothes even in peak summer.

Thank Ranjan P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very professional staff and business...which leads to safety and fun.Would recommend this company to anyone regardless of age or ability..

Thank best1onthebeach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had such an exceptional whale watching trip, I've scratched whale watching off my bucket list!! We watched 2 California Orca pods teach their babies how to hunt sea lions. For 45 minutes we were in awe of these beautiful ocean mammals. The Captain and...More

Thank GrammaFun2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Orcas very late in the whale season. I would have felt fortunate to see some resident Orcas, but we were lucky enough to spend some time very up close and personal with two beautiful humpback whales. They even swam under the boat. One...More

Thank I1536RYchristinep
Reviewed 11 October 2018

I've used Outer Island Excursions many times in the past four years. When guests come from out-of-town, whale watching is always high on the list of things they want to do. With Outer Island, you can leave from Anacortes or Orcas Island - we prefer...More

1  Thank revkevhop
Reviewed 8 October 2018

On September 25, our family of six chartered a boat with Outer Island Excursions. Captain Jake was an excellent guide. Everyone caught Coho Salmon and we saw an Orca. It was many firsts for our family and made for an memorable trip. When we arrived...More

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Alfred G
5 August 2018|
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Response from TroySea | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't, but since you are from Florida you might want to layer with thin windbreaker and/or long sleeve shirt that can be removed as you warm up especially if you are starting early in morning.
shrija n
25 July 2018|
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Response from Dixie W | Reviewed this property |
We left the dock at 10 and they picked us up on the island at 3.
Roberta J
31 May 2017|
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Response from Adeline K | Reviewed this property |
There are no buses but if you are just going for the day there is a cab service. It is not walkable from the ferry.
27 September 2016|
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Response from CaptainBeau | Property representative |
Hello, We offer the Sucia Ferry from Orcas Island to Sucia Island from April through October, but if we do not have a regular ferry scheduled on the date you want to go we can always run a private water taxi for you. Please... More
Nancy M
5 September 2016|
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Response from etardray | Reviewed this property |
At times we were seeing two different pods (one at a distance) on either side of the boat. We saw over 25 whales (orcas) on our trip. First saw the ladies, then the males. (I guess the travel separately?) And saw two... More