See up to 5 Types of Whales from 3 Departure Locations!

Respect for whales in their natural habitat.

Small Boats vs. Big Boats

There is a common misconception that small boats are allowed to view whales from closer distances than larger boats. All vessels, even non-motorized vessels like kayaks and sailboats, must operate under the same legal guidelines, regardless of the size of vessel. If you see a company advertising that they get closer to whales than everyone else, they are breaking the law!

Larger, more elevated vessels like those in our Island Explorer fleet are ideal viewing platforms for whale-watching, allowing guests to see wildlife more easily and capture breathtaking photographs you might miss from a smaller vessel.

Pacific Whale Watch Association

The Pacific Whale Watch Association is a group of both US and Canadian whale-watching companies dedicated to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing. Island Adventures has been instrumental in creating guidelines for professional operators and in their evolution for the last 20 years. These guidelines are being used as a model by other ecotourism groups around the world. Our company founder, Shane Aggergaard, has served several terms as President, Vice President, and Executive Board Member of this international organization which we have been members of since 1996. You can be assured that when you choose Island Adventures, you’re riding with a company that cares about wildlife.

Education and Giving Back

We do consider our vessel a floating classroom. Our naturalists and captains have a working knowledge of the San Juans, local natural history, and the most recent science regarding our whales and other wildlife. We also offer seminars and presentations for classrooms and private groups throughout the year. The more we know about our local ecosystem, the harder we’ll work to protect it. Island Adventures donates a portion of all ticket sales to nonprofit organizations that help to preserve our area's natural resources.

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Online Reservations

Whale Report

See what we've seen on the water. There's a detailed account from every tour since 2003!

Whale Report