Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours from 5 Departure Locations
Join the Pacific Northwest's finest whale watching company.
It's hard to find another whale watching company with such a talented and passionate team. We are driven to provide exceptional customer service – something that can be hard to find these days. In fact, returning guests will see many of the same faces! For example, our "youngest" naturalist has been with us for over 7 years!
Are you interested in driving some of the most state-of-the-art vessels on the west coast while providing a lifelong memory for your guests? Our captain position is challenging but rewarding and offers a chance to be in the most beautiful waters on the west coast.
Education is one of the main reasons why we run whale watching tours. If you're passionate about whales, wildlife, and more, this position is perfect for you.
Do you love foodservice and want to take your skills to the water? Island Adventures is looking for seasonal help in the galley serving the best food in the waters of the Pacific Northwest!
There's more to our tours than working on the boat! We're always looking for eager and enthusiastic folks who have a passion for customer service.
Island Adventures is always accepting resumes of eager and hardworking folks. Feel free to email or drop off a cover letter and resume for our office staff to look through. We typically start our hiring process in January and February for the following season. Cover letters and resumes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, Attention Jessica.
Learn about our whale watching tours.
The world's best opportunity to see wild orca whales is right here in the San Juan Islands, mid-April through October. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to watch three resident pods of Orca whales (all fish eaters; approximately 90 whales), many groups of transient Orcas (the ones that feed on marine mammals), Minke and Humpback whales throughout the summer. The San Juan’s are home to a diverse community of other wildlife.
The first tour of its kind with the backing of the industry’s best guarantee. New for 2017! The Island Explorer 4 is moving to the beautiful waterfront community of La Conner, offering an 8 hour full-day guaranteed whale watch tour with a stop for lunch on an island. This is the first tour of its kind that Island Adventures offers with a 60-90 minute stop for lunch. On most days, we’ll pull into Lopez Island and visit the Lopez Islander Resort for waterfront dining at the Islander Bar and Grill.
Welcome to the Wild West. Port Angeles is strategically located on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Some of the best whale watching in the Pacific Northwest is right out of Port Angeles harbor. In 2016, we even had some transient killer whales show up inside the harbor! While all trips aren’t that lucky, Port Angeles boasts an impressive sighting success rate – 100% in 2014, 96% in 2015, and over 98% in 2016.
Best deal in the area, and it’s only 30 minutes from Seattle! The early Spring provides one of the best whale watching opportunities in Washington. Over 20,000 Gray whales migrate North up the West Coast and some find the rich feeding grounds near the South end of Whidbey Island. On our tours we often see the same whales year after year. Island Adventures works closely with Cascadia Research Group to catalogue all of the new and returning whales each season.
Winter whale watching from the iconic Seattle waterfront. Many people are unaware that the traditional travel pattern of our local resident Orca Whales take them south into the Puget Sound in late October. It is not uncommon to have nearly 90 whales playing the waters near Seattle. As Seattle's only dedicated whale watch program, we are in a unique position to be able to find them. Although whales are our #1 goal, there is also a wide variety of wildlife to encounter.