See up to 5 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!
Best whale watching deal in the area, and only 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 annually along the west coast about a dozen of them, known as the "Sounders", take a detour to the waters off Whidbey Island. After months of fasting, these gray whales are drawn to the abundant ghost shrimp of Puget Sound where they stop to refuel before continuing on to Alaska. 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 evenings 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. If we knew of a trip that saw more whales over the other, we wouldn't run the bad trip!
We recommend choosing the departure time that works best in your schedule. 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 you end your day with whales and some pretty incredible lighting for photographs.
Both tours are great, so choose the one that works in your schedule best!
$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 Tour Range
When whales are in the center of the map, most companies do see them – we just get more time. When the whales are up north or out west, the Island Explorer fleet are often the only American boats watching whales
Because of our vessel speed, size, and duration of our tour, we're able to guarantee whales. Often times, whales can move up to 100 miles in a 24 hour period. Every day is a new adventure, but rest assured that you're choosing the company with the highest whale sighting success rate in the area.
Whales have been spotted on 6,431 of 6,630 tours since 2002. No other company compares.
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 ½ hour prior to departure. The Island Explorer is docked directly in front of Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant at the Everett Marina at 18th Street and you’ll go straight to the boat for check-in. Get directions to our Everett Marina departure location.
Feel free to park anywhere other than the two-hour parking. We recommend parking in the 72 hour or Marina Tenant parking stalls.
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 and precipitation tends to be low. 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.