Island Adventures is so serious about finding whales for our guests, we guarantee sightings on every whale watch tour from March through November. The Pacific Northwest is home to a huge diversity of wildlife, incredible scenery and calm protected waters. In addition to whales, our guests often see harbor seals, Stellar and California Sea Lions, Harbor and Dall’s porpoise, Bald Eagles and a wide variety of Seabirds.
Island Adventures Whale Watching Tours are a great value for such a world class experience. We are easy to get to; our Everett location (March to mid-May) is only 30 minutes from Seattle, our Anacortes location (mid-April to October) is an easy 90 minute drive north of Seattle, with no ferry needed from Downtown Seattle or Vancouver B.C., and our Port Angeles location (August to November) is strategically located for the best fall whale watching opportunity on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula just minutes from Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge, Edis Hook, and the Washington Coast. Island Adventures Whale Watching Tours has been voted #1 in Western Washington by King5, Evening Magazine (the local NBC affiliate) 4 years in a row!
As defined by the Seattle Aquarium, we are in core-orca whale viewing waters as soon as we leave the marina! Island Adventures runs an extended whale watch season.
The Island Explorer 3 was designed specifically for whale watching, as opposed to a ferry, dinner cruiser or converted fishing boat like most of the other tour boats in the area. Our boat has lots of amenities to make your trip more comfortable, including three on-board restrooms, a large heated cabin with over-sized windows, custom-designed interior with cushioned seating, and a full snack bar. There are full walk around upper and lower viewing decks and our guests enjoy over 400 feet of outside rail viewing space. The quality of our boat will enhance your entire whale watching experience.
All guests will receive a complimentary 64 page color wildlife viewing guide with species checklist. It is our goal each and every day to check off as many as possible! Our viewing guide also includes a map of the San Juan Islands area to keep track of that day’s route. Because of our vessel speed and departure location, we are able to experience more wildlife and island scenery on our way to and from the whales than other tours in the area. Other wildlife typically sighted includes harbor seals, California & steller sea lions, Dall’s & harbor porpoises, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, vultures, and a huge variety of seabirds. Birders love our trips as they often get to add a few species to their life list.
Plan your trip according to the wildlife you’d like to see, using our chart below.
There are many companies to choose from while searching for the right whale watching tour. Since 1992, company founders Shane and Jennifer Aggergaard have been committed to offering our passengers much more — striving to exceed our guests’ experience each and every day. Island Adventure’s offers the best boat, best location, guaranteed whale sightings and lots of extras, but it is our highly qualified staff the really separates us from the rest. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is eager to provide outstanding service form start to finish. On board, we’ll entertain and educate you throughout the tour, in hopes that you take away magical memories — and a renewed respect for nature. Many, many lives have been touched by witnessing whales in the wild. We feel privileged to be able to provide this unique and wonderful opportunity.
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Our route each day is determined by the morning’s whale information from our sighting network, other wildlife in the area, and the weather. It’s not determined by a ferry schedule or pre-determined route. Our goal is to show our guests as much wildlife as possible every day. View larger map.
Hear a recording made on our boat or watch a video.
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