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Orcas Island Whale Watching

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    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!
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    I chose Outer Island Excursions for whale watching off Orcas. They really know what they’re doing: small fast boats, lots of chances to interact with the very informative naturalist (go Katie!) and a knowledgeable captain (Paul!) who kept in communication with all the other boats...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank bayouphile
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    When we boarded our whale watching vessel we sat outside with our 5 and 6 year old children. I asked twice about life jackets for the kids, and both times my question was met with almost confusion, telling me they had life jackets in case...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jacki J
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Drew, Beth, and Dawn were incredible guides for yesterday's whale watching. They were incredibly informative and chock full of facts and info on the whales. We got to see 3 different families of Orcas meet up for a "party" which was a once in a...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank samanthajzerbe
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    My experience was amazing! The views of the ocean and the whales were breathtaking and indescribable when put to words. The naturalists were informative of the whales and the other animals that we saw during the boat tour. I recommend this tour and seeing for...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank annacelineguilas
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Great time on Orcas Express with Drew, Beth and Audrey. Got to see a transient pod of about 5 orcas together. Fun time, but would not recommend bringing children under 10, as it’s a long trip and the whales would be hard to spot for...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank AimeeRae23
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    Ferry out of Anacortes, WA or you ,can take a float plane from Kenmore Airline.
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