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“The best of the whale-watching charters”

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters
Ranked #2 of 20 Tours in Orcas Island
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We depart at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock for Whale Watching and Light House tours. 56 foot "Orcas Express"U.S.C.G. lic. 48 seats, heated cabin with restroom and upstairs, downstairs outside. Professional naturalists, under water hydrophone system, listen to the Orca . We serve small or large groups. We host weddings and parties. Our vessel has hydraulic stabilizers for a more comfortable ride. We pride ourselves, on our well maintained vessel and our educational environmental awareness program . We run with b20 bio diesel.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I've been whale-watching on Orcas multiple times, and with several different charters. Eclipse stands out in several way. Their boats are very comfortable with lots of window and platforms, and Captain Dan and his wife Denise are both knowledgable and truly welcoming. They're kind to all kinds of folks-young and old, local and international, and their naturalists are top-notch. I always choose them for our guests.

Thank Gwen B
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"whale watching"
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"sea lions"
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"see whales"
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"his wife"
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"open water"
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"canadian waters"
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"comfortable boat"
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"knew where"
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"great viewing"
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"snacks and drinks"
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"the upper deck"
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"available for purchase"
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We chose Eclipse Charters for a whale watching trip in mid-September and were not disappointed in any way. The description of their boat is very understated. We were surprised to find comfortable, nicely upholstered seats with tables for all the passengers inside the cabin. The weather was perfect so most of our time was spent outside either on the upper or lower decks. They provided binoculars which allowed each of us to have our own set. There were two very knowledgeable naturalists with one on each level of the boat. They had identification books which enabled them to tell us which members of the Orca J-Pod we were seeing and their family lineage. When there was a report of a group of Orca males some distance away, the captain took us to that location for another viewing opportunity.

We also viewed many forms of wildlife such as seals, sea lions, porpoise, eagles and numerous sea birds.

We highly recommend Eclipse Charters! Don and Denise have years of experience and it certainly shows. Their employees are first rate. What more can be said!

Thank ColoradoFlyers
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

My husband and I went on this excursion. We were hoping to see whales and we did. A mom orca and her calves and several young orca males swam within viewing distance. We were also privileged to see a minke whale. Also viewed were an eagle, sea lions, seals, and a porpoise as well as numerous varieties of water birds. The two naturalists aboard were so helpful and really enhanced the trip. It was great to have them spotting for us and answering all of our questions. Captain Dan was so nice. My husband enjoyed riding with him and swapping stories while cruising in the open waters. Captain Dan was so careful around the whales and other sea critters. He wanted his passengers to have a great trip but he respected and honored the animals' need to be unfettered. All in all, a fantastic trip!

1  Thank Maureen M
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Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

Captain took us all the way to Canada for some Orcas. T-19 I think. That's getting er done! Two awesome experts shared more than our brains could hold. ;)

Thank cjahola
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

This was the highlight of my trip. The crew was so nice and knowledgeable. They went above and beyond. I would highly recommend this trip. It was perfect day seeing, and hearing, whales. I will go back.

Thank Colby B
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