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Deer Harbor Charters

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Address: Orcas Island, WA
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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known...

Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, making it the longest operating whale watching company in the San Juan Islands. We are the exclusive whale watch company operating from Rosario Resort and Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Our boats provide and excellent viewing platform for an experience you will never forget. Our captains and naturalists are island residents and trained at what they do.

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San Juan Islands Whale Watching Tour
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My sister-in-law and I take a girls trip to Orcas Island every other year in September. We go whale watching with Deer Harbor Charters every time because they are the very best... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

My sister-in-law and I take a girls trip to Orcas Island every other year in September. We go whale watching with Deer Harbor Charters every time because they are the very best. The guys make the trip fun and informative. We have never been disappointed, the Orca sightings, the wild life... Amazing to see!! These guys make sure you have... More 

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Clemson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had a great trip! Be mindful that laws prevent boats from getting closer than 200 yards to the orcas, so you will not be very near the orcas. Good binoculars are supplied at no cost to everyone on the boat. Blankets are supplied as well, and these came in handy. The naturalist was very friendly, VERY informative, and funny.... More 

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Layton, UT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We booked the tour from the Rosario marina since it was closest to our Bed and Breakfast. Because of the location of the whales (and probably because they didn't have enough people, but didn't say that), they asked us to come to the main location at Deer Harbour. They had been tracking the whale pod and they were quite a... More 

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We enjoyed our whale watching trip today with Nate and Trey of Deer Harbor Charters. Both are knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat ride was comfortable and casual. We saw many whales as well as other wildlife. It was a great way to see more of these beautiful islands. We highly recommend this trip.

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Deer Harbor Charters and Capt. Tom made sure we had an amazing experience. We ended up going all the way to Canada and back and say a pod of 7-10 Orcas. I had a brief conversation with them the night before and they reserved a spot for us the next day to make sure we didn't miss out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this trip. Captain was Nate, biologist was Trey. Trey was very friendly and knowledgeable, and was happy to answer any questions. We saw several orcas, 1 humpback and various other wildlife. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Nate and Tre were amazing. Tre is an absolute wealth of knowledge and was so great with sharing his knowledge about the whales and wildlife on our charter. This is a must do for anyone going to Deer Harbor or Orcas Island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is the exact opposite of those horrible, "strap you in with a life vest on and yell at you through a loudhailer" whale watching experiences. The boat was well maintained and had lots of character. Nat & Nate were super friendly locals, very knowledgable about the whales and the surrounding area. We were most impressed by the obvious love... More 

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Pleasant View, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Captain Nate and his crew Nat were the perfect combination for our whale watch today out of Deer Harbor. The weather was beautiful and Nate knew right where to take us and was in constant contact with other boats out there so that we kept moving from one group of whales to another. Nat kept us entertained with all her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Well organized . Clean, comfortable boat. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Saw many Orca's and watchable to take some great pictures.. Highly recommend this tour.

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