See up to 4 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!
Best whale watching deal in the area, just 30 minutes from Seattle!
Each spring (March, April, 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 always possible to see other whale species on occasion, the primary focus of our special Everett season are the massive gray whales, which are 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 3. Island Adventures has been offering spring gray whale tours for more than a decade and this program boasts our highest success rate - 99.5%!
Everett Tour Information and Times
3 Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tours
10:00 AM Departure
Our 10:00 AM departure from Everett is one of our most popular tours. This departure time allows us to maximize time with whales and still be back early enough for a late lunch/early dinner on the Everett waterfront before heading on to your next adventure.
2:00 PM Departure
The 2:00 PM departure from Everett is most popular with our staff, locals, and professional photographers. There's an advantage to the afternoon tour as we already know either where the whales are or where they're not. Also, the lighting in the afternoons softens, making it absolutely incredible for photographs!
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!
$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
Everett Whale Sightings
Our interactive map showcases all of our 2018 whale sightings. Island Adventures saw whales on all 75 of 75 tours in 2018! Each pin represents a whale sighting:
- Purple: Gray Whale
- Green: Southern Resident Killer Whale
- Red: Bigg's Killer Whale
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 3
The Island Explorer 3 is one of the most popular whale watching vessels on the west coast.
She is 101' long, 24' wide with three engines and two generators. She was recently re-powered which made her faster, quieter, and more fuel efficient. Island Explorer 3 has a huge upper viewing deck with a sun/rain cover, wind block doors, and outside heaters. She also has a full walk around lower deck with large bow pulpit. The inside heated salon has padded booth style seating and snack bar with beer and wine for purchase. Guests will enjoy our quality sound system with flat screen TV hooked to our navigation system to follow our route throughout the tour. We also have full sized his/her restrooms.
- 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 and cashless for your convenience
- 101 foot monohull with speeds capable of 17+ knots, perfect for the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- AED defibrillator 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 3 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 "72-Hour" or "Marina Tenant" parking stalls. Please do not park in the 2-hour restaurant parking.
Check In Tips
- Recommended parking is in the "72-Hour" or "Marina Tenant" parking stalls
- Arrive 30 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.