- 3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free.
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Small group ensures personal service
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Family friendly
- Multiple departure times and locations available
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Professional guide
- High Speed Vessels
- 3-4 hour tour
- 8.1% Washington State sales tax and applicable fees. The taxes and fees are required by the governing authority and not within local supplier's control
Our Orcas Island Whale Watching tours depart from Eastsound and cruise out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with our knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. We pride ourselves on our fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups- never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish Fleet are the fastest in the region: our newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first Marine Ambulance in Washington State!
On our Orcas Island tours we will often pass by local landmarks like Patos Island Lighthouse, Sucia Island,Turn Point Lighthouse, Monarch Head on Saturna Island, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca! While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, we search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, and more. We often encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well! We almost always see Bald Eagles, and we frequently see Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Ancient Murrelets, and many diverse marine species. We occasionally find Tufted Puffins and even endangered Marbled Murrelets. Seasonally hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.
We are proud to guarantee whale sightings on our tours from April through early September. We are so confident in our ability to find whales because the numbers speak for themselves: In 2015 we had 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours! We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Great trip we got to see a humpback whale, a pod of 5 orca whales, seals and a few dolphins. All of the sea creatures were needed to be seen by binoculars for the animals safety, which is understandable. We could see them with the naked eye but from a distance of at least 100 feet. We were the last to get on the boat and so sat on the sides of the boat which was very cold and windy. We were given a very large warm jacket to wear which was a life saver. Without it I think I would have had hypothermia. The naturalist was not in a position where we could hear him but did spend some time to answer our questions individually. It was a memorable experience. Its always a mixed adventure going out on the open sea. Both the naturalist and driver were personable and helpful.
I wish we had known about the rule that we couldn't get any closer to the whales. I was disappointed that we could only see them as small black and white fish with fins in the distance. There was a lot of hype about which ones we were going to see---how could anyone identify them? Perhaps a Kayak trip would have been better and I would consider that next time.
However, I did enjoy our naturalist Bobby's education of us and felt he was very knowledgable and entertaining. The pilot was a bit curt with some of the passengers, but the boat trip was comfortable.