$30 off All Adult Tickets – Best Deal in 21+ Years of Running Whale Watching Tours!

Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours 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.

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Anacortes Tour Information and Times

4-5 Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours

10:00am Departure

Our 10:00am departure from Anacortes is one of our most popular tours.  While whale sightings are the same in the morning as they are in the afternoon, the morning departure gets back early enough for a late lunch in Anacortes before heading on to your next adventure. If you're an early bird, this is the tour for you! 

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3:30pm Departure

The 3:30pm departure from Anacortes is most popular with our staff, locals, and professional photographers.  There's an advantage to the afternoon tour as we already know either where the whales are or where they're not.  Also, the lighting in the evenings softens, making it absolutely incredible for photographs!

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Which Tour Should I Choose?

Often times, deciding on a departure time can be one of the hardest parts of the reservation process.  We can confidently say that there isn't a tour time that's better than the other.  If we knew of a trip that saw more whales over the other, we wouldn't run the bad trip!

We recommend choosing the departure time that works best in your schedule.  Whales aren't on a rigid schedule, so both tours have the same whale sighting success rate.  The benefits of morning versus afternoon come into play on the human side.  Morning tours are great because you're first out on the water and have the rest of the afternoon to do as you please.  The afternoon tour is great because you don't have to get up early, and you end your day with whales and some pretty incredible lighting for photographs. 

Both tours are great, so choose the one that works in your schedule best!

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Great Deals in 2017!

Adults save up to $30 off any tour by booking over 30 days in advance or by joining us May 30th-September 4th. 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!

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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