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Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

#3 of 18 Tours in Orcas Island Features Animals
Pob 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280-0353
+1 360-376-6566
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Whales and Tall Ships, Oh My!

This was my first time whale watching with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters -- we picked a winner... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Langley on Whidbey Island
Whale watching

Crew was very good at their jobs and very knowledgeable. The ship was large enough to make for a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Patrick I
Medina, Ohio, United States
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We depart at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock for Whale Watching and Light House tours. 56 foot "Orcas Express"U.S.C.G. lic. 48 seats, heated cabin with restroom and upstairs, downstairs outside. Professional naturalists, under water hydrophone system, listen to the Orca . We serve small or large groups. We host weddings and parties. Our vessel has hydraulic stabilizers for a more comfortable ride. We pride ourselves, on our well maintained vessel and our educational environmental awareness program . We run with b20 bio diesel.
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Pob 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280-0353
+1 360-376-6566
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time whale watching with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters -- we picked a winner! Captain Peter and his crew were dialed in to everything that makes for a good afternoon. Although orca sightings had been sparse the past week, we lucked out...More

Thank wrigley189
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crew was very good at their jobs and very knowledgeable. The ship was large enough to make for a smooth ride but small enough to get good views of the whales.

Thank Patrick I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the whale watching tour August 2nd. Captain Peter did a marvelous job of managing expectations before the tour -- the ocean is not Disneyland with a show scheduled every half hour -- and then getting us to the places where we saw great wildlife....More

Thank rubolly1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour guides, and since the owner was also the operator, we were able to go further than originally expected so we could see whales. Got to see minke whales, bald eagle, seals, sea lions, and eagle's nest. Super cool tour, and even though orcas...More

Thank Mofreezeup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent crew! They work hard to find whales and other sea life for you! Boat was comfortable and warm! They even provided extra jackets so we could stay on the upper deck in the cold wind. Binoculars were readily available. Crew was informative, knowledgeable and...More

Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon on Orcas Island Eclipse Charters. Terrific crew and service. After reading all of these reviews, we thought whale sightings were a given. We were disappointed to not see any on our trip. Not the fault of Eclipse, of course. Sharing...More

2  Thank JudyH537
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I had heard that this company was a great company to use to try to see whales in the San Juans. So true! The best thing about this company is their boat--it is enclosed so you can stand inside while the captain...More

1  Thank 40by40
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Fantastic crew (Peter as captain) made this 3.5 hour trip worth it. Besides the Orca pod, a huge eagle nest, harbor seals, lots and lots of photo opportunities. The two guides were just sensational and were especially helpful to my 80+ mother-in-law with some mobility...More

1  Thank Dials
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We just spent an amazing afternoon with Eclipse. Saw three different groups of transient Orcas, some sunning seals, and a porpoise or two. The crew - led by the owner - could not have been kinder or more knowledgeable. Perfect for our family with young...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Had a Great day on the Eclipse the only way to se the Islands and the Whales. Enjoy the day on Orcas Island easy to get to by ferry your tour is at the dock the Orcas Hotel is also a great place for snacks...More

1  Thank Daniel A
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15 March 2015|
Response from Ski57 |
The stairs going to the upper deck is VERY steep. Coming down could be difficult for children or seniors depending physical condition. There is still incredible views from the boat