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.
The Olympic Peninsula’s most comfortable whale watching vessel is now departing out of Port Angeles.
At 101 feet long with an upper viewing deck and the largest bow pulpit in the industry, The Island Explorer 3 has more than enough space for everyone to have a front row spot at the rail. Both the upper and lower deck are fully walkaround, which allows effortless movement around the boat and great viewing. Because of the new viewing distance requirements, smaller low profile vessels do not have the same great experience as our guests have on The Island Explorer 3.
The large windows in the lower heated cabin ensure that you will not miss a thing if you choose to escape from the elements into the comfy new interior, or if you step inside to grab some lunch at our snack bar counter.
- 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
- Souvenir Mug with Unlimited Beverages
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.