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Orcas Island Whale Watching

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  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
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Orcas Island Whale Watching
From US$ 107.02
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11 am Guaranteed Whale WatchMost Popular
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Departs daily from Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA. Check in at 10:30
US$ 107.02
3 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Departs daily from Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA. Check in at 3 pm.
US$ 107.02
1 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Small group whale watching tours on the fastest boats in the region with Guaranteed Whales! See whales with us or come again for free. Check in at 12:30.
US$ 107.02
Overview
Get up close with the killer whales off Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands near Seattle, on this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Eastsound. Led by naturalist guides and captains, climb aboard a Blackfish fleet vessel and travel through some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest searching for orca, humpback and gray whales. Along the way, see ocean wildlife in their natural environment, like seals, porpoises, sea lions and otters — plus a wide variety of birds and more. Sightings are guaranteed from April through early September.
What to Expect
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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Reviews (161)

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Orcas galore and great crew!

Our September afternoon tour was awesome! Captain Paul and team not only found humpbacks and a huge group of orcas, but they gave us great insight into the whales and the ecosystem of the Sound. I appreciate the respect they have for these beautiful and...More

Thank Navigator84947
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nice Boat, Whale sighting ++

The boat and the guide are nice the boat ride is more than half the fun. Carry some layers of protective clothing and don't worry of the spray. We saw many Orca whales but due to whale protection rules, the boat have to maintain a...More

Thank tman2008
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Whale Watching Tour Not What We Expected

Paul our tour guide was very nice as were the girls at check in. We definitely saw Orcas and followed them for about an hour! Amazing! But beware.....we were TOLD we we would be on a comfortable tour boat of 30 people. That was not...More

1  Thank readytotravel12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing experience!

What a wonderful day we had with Benson as our captain and Lindsay our naturalist. We had a rare and thrilling encounter with a male killer whale who was incredibly curious about our boat. He played with us and treated us to his whale song...More

2  Thank travelinterry2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Trip was absolutely amazing!

This outfit gets an A++. Everything was terrific. It started with a friendly welcome and short introduction and wait at some picnic tables while all passengers arrived. (This May not be on everyone’s radar but even the outhouse facilities were super clean!). The outfit is...More

1  Thank lynnetop1
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