See up to 5 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!
At Island Adventures, we pride ourselves on being the most experienced and most dedicated whale watching company in Washington state.
Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour March through October — but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! We boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 6,630 wildlife tours conducted, and have led excursions for over 270,000 satisfied guests.
The San Juan Islands provide one of the best whale watching opportunities anywhere in the world, offering calm waters and a huge variety of wildlife which includes our three pods of resident Orca whales. There are also humpback, minke, and grey whales that frequent the waters surrounding our departure locations.
If you are visiting the Northwest or are lucky enough to live here, don't let this opportunity pass you by!
Amazing Deals in 2018!
At Island Adventures we are serious about finding whales and doing so at the best possible price. For 2018, we've lowered our prices across the board without compromising the quality of our tours. We want to pass the savings on to you by offering the deepest discounts in Island Adventures history. Check out below to see what savings you qualify for!
$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
Meet the Northwest's Finest Fleet
The Island Adventures fleet are the perfect excursion vessels for whale watching in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound. They are fast, safe, and comfortable - all with full upper viewing decks, walk-around lower decks, and indoor heated cabins with his and hers restrooms.
Island Explorer 5
The Island Explorer 5 is simply the best whale watching vessel anywhere.
She is 98' long, 30' wide with a cruise speed of over 25 knots. She is also incredibly quiet which will enhance your whale watching experience. 20+ years of whale watching experience has gone into the design of the Island Explorer 5. She has three full walk-around outside viewing decks with cathedral bow seating that provides more outside viewing area than any tour boat in the region. There are also two large heated cabins with seating for all guests, state of the art A/V system, and large comfortable bathrooms. Onboard guests will enjoy our South of the Border Cafe with hot food, fresh products, beer and wine for sale.
- Outside rail viewing space on one side of the boat for all guests
- Indoor heated seating for all passengers
- Three viewing decks for the best possible vantage point over the water
- Best galley menu of any tour vessel in the area – fresh and changing with the seasons
- High-speed catamaran with speeds capable of 25+ knots, giving us one of the largest ranges in the industry
- AED defibrillator onboard with highly trained/qualified staff and crew
See our other incredible vessels.
The Island Explorer vessels all look very similar. IE3, IE4, and IE5 have full walk-around lower decks, huge upper decks and great sound systems. These designs separate a whale watching boat from a repurposed fishing boat or crew boat. Our vessels are the only boats in the area with outside rail viewing space on either side of the boat for all guests. They are also very stable, making them fantastic photography platforms. Island Explorer vessels are safe, fast, and comfortable.
Most accurate whale sighting records in the industry.
Island Adventures has maintained a detailed online whale sightings record since 2003. We also plot the GPS coordinates of each day’s sightings on our website so you can track the whales’ patterns yourself. No other company in the region posts accounts from each and every tour.
Use the interactive map to see where we've seen whales! Click on the colored pins to see the date, location, and type of whale that we saw.
Rosario Strait Webcam
Island Adventures’ webcam is overlooking south Rosario Strait, gazing west toward the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island (Anacortes). These waters, located 90 miles inland from the open Pacific Ocean, are considered to be one of the best whale viewing territories in the world.