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See up to 5 Types of Whales from 5 Departure Locations!

The world's best opportunity to see wild orca whales is right here in the San Juan Islands, mid-April through October.

Anacortes Tour Information and Times

4-5 Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours

11:00 AM Departure

Our 11:00 AM departure from Anacortes is one of our most popular tours.  This departure time allows us to maximize time with whales and gets back early enough for a late lunch/early dinner in Anacortes before heading on to your next adventure. Don't miss out on the #1 whale watching tour in the Pacific Northwest!

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Save Big Fall 2017

Monday - Friday Tours Sept. 5th through December 

Adults save $20 and children (ages 3-17) save $10 on any midweek tour – Monday - Friday – September 5th through December, 2017.  Reservations must be made online and with the following discount codes.  Discount isn't redeemable with any other promotion or specialty tour.

Anacortes: ANAfall | Port Angeles: PAfall | La Conner: LCfall | Seattle: SEAfall

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Big savings for booking in advance!

Adults save $20 when you book 30+ days in advance and an additional $10 with military ID, AAA, AARP, seniors 65+, or college student ID. This deal cannot be combined with promotion codes or other discounts.

Save $20 for booking 30+ days in advance + Save $10 with adult discount = $30 Savings

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Free Mug from Anacortes

All tours – free in gift shop after tour 

To celebrate the arrival of the Island Explorer 5, all adults from our Anacortes departure location receive a free coffee mug after your tour.  Be sure to also check out our gift shop for some great souvenirs!

Promotion valid while supplies last.

What Vessel Will I Be On?

South of the Border Cafe

The Island Explorer 5 features some of the best food in the Salish Sea!

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Anacortes Tour Range

When whales are in the center of the map, most companies do see them – we just get more time.  When the whales are up north or out west, the Island Explorer fleet are often the only American boats watching whales

Because of our vessel speed, size, and duration of our tour, we're able to guarantee whales.  Often times, whales can move up to 100 miles in a 24 hour period.  Every day is a new adventure, but rest assured that you're choosing the company with the highest whale sighting success rate in the area.

Whales have been spotted on 6,431 of 6,630 tours since 2002.   No other company compares.

What's the Weather like? How to Prepare

Anacortes is known to have some of the best weather in the San Juan Isalnds. In the summer months, the temperature averages between 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit. Even though the weather can feel warm on land, we always recommend bringing layers – sweatshirts and jackets – as it feels 10-20 degrees cooler on the water. Rain doesn’t have a negative impact on our tours as our excursion vessels are set up to go out in the elements and have lots of indoor space and cover.

Online Reservations

Make a reservation online with our secure system and receive an immediate email confirmation.

Online Reservations

Whale Report

See what we've seen on the water. There's a detailed account from every tour since 2002!

Whale Report

Prepare for your tour

It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.  See our tips, suggestions, and frequently asked questions.

How to Prepare

Our Guarantee

We guarantee whales on every tour March-October, and even offer two different orca guarantees.

Our Guarantee