See up to 4 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!

The vessel that set the standard for whale watching.

Island Explorer 3 has been the most popular whale-watching vessel in the region for many years. She has the perfect combination of inside and outside space for all guests. IE3 was recently re-powered making her faster and quieter which gives our guests more whale time and a nicer experience on the water.

Vessel features:

  • Outside rail viewing space on one side of the boat for all guests
  • Indoor heated seating with restaurant-style booths
  • Two viewing decks for an incredible vantage point over the water 
  • Galley with local menu – quality food at a reasonable price
  • 101 foot monohull with speeds capable of 17+ knots, perfect for the Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Holds a higher Coast Guard certification than the Washington State Ferry System

Sample Galley Menu:

  • Captain’s Chili
  • Ivar’s Clam Chowder
  • Nathan’s Hot Dogs
  • Fountain Soda
  • Beer and wine
  • Coffee
  • Souvenir Mug with Unlimited Beverages            

See the Full IE3 Menu

See our other incredible whale watching 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.

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

Whales and Wildlife

Our goal is to share as much local wildlife, scenery, and history as possible on each and every tour.

Whales and Wildlife

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