Best whale watching deal in the area, just 30 minutes from Seattle!
Each spring (February, March, April, and May) provides one of the best whale watching opportunities in Washington. More than 20,000 gray whales migrate along the west coast each year. A small group, known as the "Sounders", are drawn to the abundant ghost shrimp of Puget Sound where they feed before continuing on their journey. Our skilled naturalists will teach you to identify individual whales that have returned to this area for decades.
While it is possible to see other whale species on occasion, the primary focus of our special Everett tours are gray whales, gentle giants roughly the size of a school bus! In addition to the gray whales, guests will also view seals, sea lions, eagles, osprey, seabirds, and more.
Departing from Everett, our guests will explore the calm protected waters of Possession Sound, Saratoga Passage, and Port Gardner Bay while enjoying the comfortable accommodations aboard the Island Explorer 4. Island Adventures has been offering spring gray whale tours in 2006 and since then, this program boasts our highest success rate - 99.5%!
Everett Tour Times and Pricing
The greatest whale watching value in the state - just 30 minutes from Seattle! This special limited season focuses on gray whales that migrate along the west coast, stopping to feed in local waters on their way back to Alaska. While it's possible to see orcas, minkes, or humpbacks as well, our Everett tour is specifically designed to highlight the feeding gray whales of Puget Sound that visit for just a few short months each year.
2021 Everett Rates and Dates
February 13th - May 14th: 10 AM and 2 PM
Adults: $69 | Discounted Adults: $59
Children (ages 3-17): $49 | Children under three: $1
As low as $49/Adults and $39/Children with 30+ day advance booking!
Which tour should I choose?
Often times, deciding on a departure time can be one of the hardest parts of the reservation process. We can confidently say that there isn't a tour time that's better than the other.
Whales aren't on a rigid schedule, so both tours have the same whale sighting success rate. The benefits of morning versus afternoon come into play on the human side. Morning tours are great because you're first out on the water and have the rest of the afternoon to do as you please. The afternoon tour is great because you don't have to get up early and can end your day with whales and other wildlife.
Both tours are great, so simply choose the departure that works best for you!
$20 for 30
Big savings for booking in advance!
Adults save $10 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 $10 for booking 30+ days in advance + Save $10 with adult discount = $20 Savings
Everett Whale Sightings
Our interactive map showcases all of our 2019 whale sightings. Island Adventures saw whales on all 100 of 100 tours in 2019! Each pin represents a whale sighting:
- Gray: Gray Whale
- Pink: Southern Resident Killer Whales
- Red: Bigg's Killer Whales
Our Everett cruises focus primarily on migrating gray whales. These gentle giants stop by each spring to feed in the waters just minutes away from our Everett dock! As you can see from our interactive sightings map, we also have the occasional opportunity to see Bigg's killer whales (marine mammal-eating orcas) and Southern Resident killer whales (salmon-eating orcas) as well!
What vessel will I be on?
Island Explorer 4
The Island Explorer 4 is 85' long, 22' wide with many of the same great features: large heated cabin, full walk-around lower deck, and huge upper viewing deck. Island Explorer 4 is the favorite boat for many of our guests; she is quick, very maneuverable, and can go places that other larger vessels cannot. Experience the unplugged version of the San Juan Islands aboard the spacious Island Explorer 4!
- 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, great for photography
- Onboard cafe with hot and cold food and beverages
- 85 foot monohull with speeds capable of 16+ knots, perfect for the San Juan Islands
- AED onboard with highly trained/qualified staff and crew
Everett Check In Procedures
For our gray whale tours from Everett, boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure. The Island Explorer 4 is docked directly behind Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant at the Everett Marina at 18th Street. Report directly to the boat for check-in.
Island Adventures guests should park in the Visitor Parking at the Everett Marina Village. As of May 1st, payment is required (approximately $2) when parking for more than two hours. Please do not park in the 2-hour restaurant parking.
Check In Tips
- Please park in Visitor Parking at the Everett Marina Village
- Arrive 30-40 minutes prior to departure
- No need for paperwork
- Bring layers and sunscreen
- Remember your debit or credit card
- Bring your camera
Springtime in Everett can bring some great weather. On average, the temperature on land can be between 50 and 70 degrees. Even though the weather can feel warm on land, we always recommend bringing layers – sweatshirts and jackets – as it can feel 10-20 degrees cooler on the water. Our excursion vessels are designed to be comfortable in any weather conditions with indoor heated cabins and covered outdoor areas.