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Anacortes Whale Watching

Highlights
  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Anacortes, home port of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
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Anacortes Whale Watching
From US$ 117.83
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11 AM Guaranteed Whale WatchMost Popular
Check in at 10:30 for 11 departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
US$ 117.83
3 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Check in at 3 for 3:30pm departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
US$ 117.83
1 PM Guaranteed Whale Watch
Check in at 12:30 for 1 pm departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
US$ 117.83
Overview
Get up close with the killer whales of Anacortes, the home port to the San Juan Islands, on this guided, 3-hour whale-watching cruise. 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
This Anacortes whale watching tour departs from Skyline Marina and cruises out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. Great pride is taken in this fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups - never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish fleet are the fastest in the region: the newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first marine ambulance in Washington state.

On this Anacortes tour you will often pass by local landmarks including Cattle Pass Lighthouse, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, Deception Pass Bridge, Patos Island 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, search for orcas, humpbacks, grays, and more. You may encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well. You will most likely see bald eagles, and frequently see common murres, black oystercatchers, rhinoceros auklets, surf scoters, ancient murrelets, and many diverse marine species. Occasionally you will find tufted puffins and even endangered marbled murrelets. Seasonally, hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.

You are guaranteed whale sightings on tours from April through early September. In 2015 there was a 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.
Reviews (66)
1 - 5 of 62 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Knowledgeable Crew, Fun trip

Ive gone out with them twice. Once for their sunset watching and once during the afternoon. Each crew was exceptionally knowledgeable about the whales and their behavior as well as the local area. I would highly recommend them, and will likely go out with them...More

Thank DrsCompanion
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great crew and trip!

I was very happy with my trip, the captain and crew were great. The captain took us out farther than the other whale boats and we were rewarded with over an hour of watching 2 big old mail Orca whales. We also saw puffin birds,...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 4 September 2018
Best Excursion EVER!

Been on a lot of excursions and this hands down has to be the best one we have been on. They met every expectation and than some. The team definitely has a love for the animals. Kudos to you all and Thank You so much...More

1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 26 August 2018
Whale Watching

I have been whale watching many times, but never to see orcas. We saw 4 and stayed with them for the entire trip. The naturalists on board were knowledgeable, approachable and fun. I would recommend this organization.

Thank MelissaShay
Reviewed 26 August 2018
Total Fiasco

Went on the expedition August 5...No Whales, nothing, the crew said is the first time in the season that they do not see whales. they gave us a voucher to come back for free within 12 months.. here is the catch, if you want to...More

Thank MIGUEL R
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Tina D
12 September 2018|
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Response from Ateusa S | Reviewed this property |
You may see some whales as there is a pod in residence. But none of the companies will guarantee which type of whale you will see. It could be a humpback, or an orca or a grey... it will likely be pretty cold on the sound... More
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SunseekerKD
22 August 2018|
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Response from Sonja M | Reviewed this property |
We were there around that time last year. It was pretty chilly on the water so hat, Gloves and coat...warm on shore so layers are important. About 3-4 hours.
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