Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours from 5 Departure Locations
The one stop shop for all the details you'll need for your tour.
We want you to be as prepared as possible for your upcoming tour with us. Below, find information about our onboard menus, photo sales, whale watching etiquette and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
Prepare for your tour
All guests must be checked-in and ready to board the vessel 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. All locations (Anacortes, Everett, La Conner, Port Angeles, and Seattle) check-in directly at the dock. If you're taking a tour from Anacortes or Port Angeles, be sure to set aside time to check out the gift shop and ask for local recommendations!
Amazing images are captured aboard Island Adventures tours daily. Aboard each trip, we have the opportunity to see resident orca, transient killer whales, minke, humpback, and/or gray whales. In addition to the 5 different types of whales, we see a wide variety of wildlife and world-class scenery. On our gallery, we highlight the past seasons, building of the brand new (state-of-the-art) Island Explorer 5, and showcase each whale species.
Check out the photo gallery to experience a tour!
The Island Explorer vessels boast the best food and beverage in the San Juan Islands. Aboard the newest Island Adventures vessel – Island Explorer 5 – you'll find the South of the Border Cafe, serving up surfer burritos, tasty wraps, and a variety of other local offerings. Our other vessels (Island Explorer 3 and Island Explorer 4) offer a simple but delicious menu featuring local favorite, Ivar's Clam Chowder. Feel free to leave the picnic basket at home!
Recent Whale Sightings from Island Explorer Vessels
See whales from space with our sophisticated whale spotting interface. We utilize a spot transmitting network to mark each and every whale sighting. This gives us accurate information on whale movement and patterns throughout the season. Other organizations such as Cascadia Research also use this information in whale sighting data. Check out where we've been on our recent tours and where we've seen whales!
Truth in Aerial Whale Spotting
The truth about aerial whale spotting is that it just doesn’t work in most conditions. So how do we find whales? Let me take the mystery out of our whale spotting system.There are other companies who advertise they use spotting planes and imply they use them daily to find whales; this is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
Onboard the majority of our tours, you'll have the opportunity to take home a one of a kind souvenir. Photos are available for sale on USB thumb drive during and after your tour. Forgot to grab one? Simply call or email our office and we'll send a USB from the date of your tour!
Feel free to bring your own camera to capture some amazing shots!
At Island Adventures, we pride ourselves on offering the best service in the industry. We understand (and share) the passion to see whales in the wild, and we want to make sure you have the best trip possible. No two tours are the same, which makes every trip truly special!
Check out the letters that passengers have send in, or check us out on trip advisor.com to see our latest reviews!
Our Passengers Come from Far and Wide!
At Island Adventures, we carry over 30,000 passengers each season – all of which come from nearly every corner of the globe! We track where each passenger is from, and update the map to show how far away some people travel to see whales in the San Juan Islands.
Click below to see if anyone from your home state or city has been on an Island Adventures tour!
Great Deals in 2017!
Adults save up to $30 off any tour by booking over 30 days in advance or by taking a Wednesday tour. There are discounts for AAA, AARP, seniors 65+, military, or students with an ID. Midweek deals can be found March-June and September-November. Click below for more information on how to save big in 2017!