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

Seattle Tour Information and Times

4-5 Hour Whale and Wildlife Tours

11:00 AM Departure

In the winter months, the Island Explorer 3 moves south to take advantage of the best winter whale watching opportunity in Washington state.  Just a few blocks from the Seattle Aquarium, you'll enjoy a breathtaking view of the city while searching for whales and marine wildlife.

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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



$30 for 30

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

What vessel will i be on?

Seattle 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

Winter in Seattle can be quite pleasant!  Temperatures can range between 40 and 50 degrees between the months of November and March.  Even though the weather can feel comfortable 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