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

Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours from Anacortes

The world's best opportunity to see wild orcas is right here in the San Juan Islands, February through November.

Anacortes is our flagship location where Island Adventures first began back in 1996. Just a 90-mile drive from downtown Seattle, Anacortes is a convenient starting point for your wildlife adventure - no ferry required! The calm waters near the San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas. Humpback whales, minke whales, and, gray whales also call the region home. Soak in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest aboard the finest whale watching vessel on the entire west coast, the Island Explorer 5.

Anacortes Tour Information

4-5 Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours

11:00 AM Departure

Our 11:00 AM departure allows us to maximize our encounters with whales and still return to the dock with plenty of time to enjoy some shopping and a late lunch or early dinner in the charming town of Anacortes before heading on to your next adventure. Don't miss out on the #1 whale watching tour in the Pacific Northwest!

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$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 and is valid on whale watching tours only.  

Save $20 for booking 30+ days in advance + Save $10 with adult discount = $30 Savings

Anacortes Whale Sightings

Our interactive map showcases all of our 2019 whale sightings.  Island Adventures saw whales on all 265 of 268 tours from Anacortes in 2019!  Each pin represents a whale sighting:

  • Gray: Gray Whale
  • Pink: J, K, or L Pod
  • Red: Bigg's Killer Whale
  • Yellow: Minke Whale
  • Green: Humpback Whale

2019 was a year to remember!  We saw several different groups of Bigg's killer whales, including several brand-new calves!  Because of the extended range of the Island Explorer 5, we were also able to push west into prime humpback viewing waters.  

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South of the Border Cafe

The Island Explorer 5 features some of the best food in the Salish Sea!

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What's the Weather like? How to Prepare

Anacortes is known to have some of the best weather in the San Juan Islands. 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 2003!

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