See up to 5 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!
An all-day adventure in the Salish Sea
Departing from the scenic waterfront in charming downtown La Conner, our extended 7-8 hour tour is perfect for wildlife photographers, avid birders, and marine mammal enthusiasts looking to spend more quality time on the water. The comfort, speed, and maneuverability of the Island Explorer 4 allows us to explore the hidden treasures of the Salish Sea unlike any other vessel.
Join as we cruise through Swinomish Channel, past the Skagit River Delta, and under Deception Pass Bridge into prime whale habitat. With no rigid schedule, we’ll have plenty of time to go wherever the whales take us, exploring the islands as no other tour can. Smaller group sizes allow for more one-on-one time with our experienced marine naturalists.
While sightings are guaranteed on all of our whale tours, this extended offering boasts the highest likelihood of viewing multiple whale species in a single trip. Orcas, humpbacks, minkes, and gray whales are spotted frequently throughout the year along with burly Steller sea lions, curious harbor seals, majestic bald eagles, and seabirds galore.
This tour is not recommended for children under age 10.
La Conner Whale Watching Tour Rates
7-8 Hour Full Day Tour
9:00 AM Departure
Our full day La Conner whale watching tour departs bright and early at 9:00 AM for a full day of fun. Enjoy hot food and cold drinks from our onboard cafe or bring along your own picnic. With no set course or predetermined schedule, we'll go wherever the wildlife takes us!
$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
What vessel will I be on from La Conner?
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. Her shallow draft allows her to navigate narrow passages making her perfect for our La Conner tours. 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
- Galley with breakfast and lunch, featuring Beecher's Mac and Cheese and Ivar's Clam Chowder!
- 84 foot monohull with speeds capable of 16+ knots, perfect for the San Juan Islands
- AED defibrillator onboard with highly trained/qualified staff and crew
La Conner Check In Procedures
Check In: 205 N 1st Street, La Conner, WA 98257
From La Conner, please check-in to the left of the La Conner Channel Lodge ½ hour prior to departure. A crew member will meet you at the top of the ramp and check you in to the manifest electronically. Please do not be late, as it's important to leave the dock promptly at the departure time to ensure the best possible tour for our guests. Get directions to our La Conner departure location.
Paid parking is located at 203 2nd Street, La Conner, WA 98257.
Check In Tips
- Recommended parking is at the Port of Skagit
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
- No need for paperwork
- Bring layers and sunscreen
- Remember your debit or credit card
- Bring your camera
La Conner is known to have some of the best weather in the San Juan Isalnds. In the summer months, the temperature averages between 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit. 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.