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“Great ride & guides but support staff bad”

Deception Pass Tours
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Oak Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Scio, Oregon, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great ride & guides but support staff bad”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

The boat ride and guides on the boat were great. Awesome experience going under both bridges and they provide many photo opportunities. If you have the time and can afford the cost it is great.

Unfortunately the people in the store were rude and obnoxious. We are from Oregon and they REFUSED to waive the sales tax, which we don't have to pay with proof of Oregon residency. "We don't do that" she said, because they don't want to. On a very expensive (to us) side trip the sales tax was a lot. If there were options, just because of her attitude I would have gone to a competitor but there were none. I also asked to be on the last boat ride of the day and she refused to book us on it. This would have been a 5 star review were it not for the girls in the store.

Also, as others have mentioned, you will have to park in the state park area. This will cost you an additional $10. (Which she mentioned as we were walking out the door in a tone that bugged me.) Get a late ride as late in the day that you can get to get a great sunset and use the park pass early in the day to go to other parks like Fort Ebey or other state parks in the area.

Visited August 2013
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Tacoma, Washington
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Fun ride, great information, terrific staff”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

The one-hour tour through Deception Pass on the jet boat was fun, entertaining and enlightening. The captain was skilled in navigating the fast currents during peak flood tide when we were there. The scenery, even on a foggy day was stunning. We saw harbor seals with their pups up close, bald eagles, deer, and other wildlife. We learned about the history of the area, its discovery and use for mining and prison activities. The guide was extremely well-informed and personable, and the kids on the trip enjoyed it as much as the adults. The distance traveled isn't far, but the changing viewpoints makes the views extremely variable, so no boredom at all. The boat is much alrger than expected, with bus-like seating on the top open deck. take a jacket even on warm days, because the narrow strait is cooler than other parts of the islands.

Visited August 2013
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Blaine, Washington
1 review
“A great adventure”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We were on the first boat out this year, on a March Sunday 2013. An extremely well run operation from safety to actually seeing whales.

We got to see a large gray whale and so very much more.

The craft they use wastes no time getting you where the whales are reported.

Visited March 2013
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New York City
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246 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“If you have 50 minutes and spare cash - worth the ride”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

This is another wonderful perspective of Deception Pass Bridge- a naturalist is on board and shares some history, biology, ecology- and wild life spotting. It is a bit pricey for the time frame- $10. park fee can be applied to visiting any of the other pay parks on the island plus an additional $25. per person for seniors, $2.00 more for under 65 and a child's rate. Take a light jacket as it is always a little colder on the water.They do have extra coats on board.
In terms of the wild life- seal spotting, eagles, and other birds.
a we do not have the opportunity to be on the water in such a beautiful environment, I gave the trip a very good rating but still did feel it was expensive for what you got.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Susan K
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Pulaski
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241 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Fun Boat Ride”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

This tour was not only a very fun ride, but it was also very informative. We saw sealions, porpoises, and bald eagles on this tour. We tasted bull kelp right out of the water. The scenery was gorgeous.

Visited July 2013
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