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Address: 1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
Phone Number: +1 800-465-4604
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We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated...

We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour - but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! They boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 4100 days with the whales, and have led excursions for over 80,000 satisfied customers.

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Their whale guarantees work

My trip in April resulted in no whales. Great boat ride, but no whales. But I was able to make use of their guarantee, and this trip today was fabulous. Captain Scott really went... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
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Kenmore, Washington
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255 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My trip in April resulted in no whales. Great boat ride, but no whales. But I was able to make use of their guarantee, and this trip today was fabulous. Captain Scott really went the distance. Literally. We sailed from Anacortes and went as far as slightly west of Port Angeles to see orca. There were probably five, quite spread... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

We're so glad you were able to take advantage of our lifetime guarantee and see not just one, but three different types of whale on your return visit! Every member of our crew has a passion for wildlife which is why they don't mind "going the distance" to get a great sighting for our guests! We hope we will indeed... More 

Fredericksburg, Texas
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This tour was top notch from beginning to end. When checking in, the staff could not have been more friendly & knowledgeable. We saw all sorts of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, etc. The boat was perfect with a nice little lunch counter with Ivar's Clam Chowder - YUM! The only thing I would suggest is they... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your tour and saw quite a bit of wildlife! We appreciate you letting us know about the speakers as well, we'll certainly look into it. We take responsible viewing practices very seriously, so it's good to see that our reputation precedes us! Thank you once again for... More 

Rimrock, Arizona
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Great Crew, we Had a good time, the kids loved the adventure. We saw Porpoise, Sea Lions and YOGI the Humpback Whale! Also the crew spotted a paddle boarder out pretty far and went to check on them, turned out to be 2 people whose small boat had capsized.

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to review your trip! Sounds like quite an adventure indeed! We've seen more humpbacks this year than in any year on record. We're so glad you got to be a part of this very special season! More 

Atlanta
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was the highlight of our trip to Seattle. We saw orcas, seals, river otters and even a great gray whale! The ship was roomy and comfortable with snacks and beverages for sale. The crew was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and surrounding area. Will do this again next time we're there!

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Thank Nicole G
AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Nicole, Thanks for joining us! We're happy to hear that we were the highlight of your visit to the area! That out-of-season gray whale was a fun surprise. Every trip is very different, so we hope you will indeed join us next time you're in the area to see what other fun wildlife we can find for you! More 

Westport, Massachusetts, United States
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44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Sailing out of the busy port of Anacortes into the San Juan islands is a trip in itself, throw in sea lions, porpoises and orcas and you have a trip to remember. The captain and his crew did a great job pointing out seabirds: puffins, murres, awklets and (new to me) peregrine falcon. And we had awesome sightings of 5... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're glad you got to check some new-to-you animals off your list. We have one of the most experienced crews in the business and they're great at finding the best spots for all types of wildlife, not just whales. It was a pleasure having you aboard and we hope we'll be able to see you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We went on a whale watch tour out of Anacortes while on vacation. This tour far exceeded my expectations. We saw several orcas, a gray whale, otters, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, and lots of birds. The staff was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of pointing out where to look to get the best views. We have... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour with Island Adventures! There's nothing we love more than reading that we've exceeded a passenger's expectations. It looks like you saw a great variety of wildlife, including that surprise out-of-season gray whale! Happy to read that you and your boys enjoyed the tour. Thanks again for joining us! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

After a lot of research, I chose Island Adventures for the size of their ships and their itinerary and we were not disappointed. We went on the afternoon cruise and they made a beeline for the areas the orcas were seen earlier in the day and sure enough they were still there. All the boats out that late afternoon circled... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Deb, Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour! Just seeing whales in the wild is special, but it sounds like you got to see some pretty incredible behaviors on your tour! We take a lot of pride in our vessel and in our crew, so we're glad to read you were pleased with both. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We have seen several orcas and some minke whales. Also porpoises, sealions and a bald eagle. 3 great guys that are really enthousiastic and tell you a lot about the animals and the islands, which makes a day like this even better!

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Nicole, Thanks for taking time to write about your trip! Our crew is just as enthusiastic about wildlife as our passengers. While we're of course looking for whales, we're always searching for other animals as well like the porpoises, sea lions, and eagles that you mentioned. We like to fit in as much wildlife and scenery into each tour as... More 

Whiteland, Indiana
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Captain Josh & his first mate were wonderful! We used a groupon so that we all could go. They worked very hard to be sure we seen as many whales as possible. A humpback, orcas, and minkes. Sea lions, cranes, puffins. It was a super time! We left completely satisfied!

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Oregon
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68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I do not typically go on excursions like this, but I am so glad that I did. It is a day that my husband and I will not forget. First, the crew was very positive and informative through out the entire trip. The Capitan, Scott, knew where to go and how to find the various animals. He found a group... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! Captain Scott is one of the best in the business and is great at finding wildlife, that's for sure! We saw the pictures of your encounter with the Pacific White-Sided dolphins! How neat! As far as I know, that's the only time we've seen them so far this year! Every tour is different, so... More 

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