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Orcas Island Whale Watching

star-4.5252 Reviews
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Eastsound, United States
Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get up close with the killer whales off Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands near Seattle, on this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Eastsound. Led by naturalist guides and captains, climb aboard a Blackfish fleet vessel and travel through some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest searching for orca, humpback and gray whales. Along the way, see ocean wildlife in their natural environment, like seals, porpoises, sea lions and otters — plus a wide variety of birds and more. Sightings are guaranteed from April through early September.
  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
  • Witness local ocean wildlife in their natural environment
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Professional guide
High Speed Vessels
3-4 hour tour
8.1% Washington State sales tax and applicable fees. The taxes and fees are required by the governing authority and not within local supplier's control
Gratuities

Departure Point

120 Sucia Dr, Eastsound, WA 98245, USA

From Eastsound, take Prune Alley out of town, it will turn into North Beach Road. Turn Left onto Brandts Landing Road, and Right onto Sucia Drive. You will see a big whale sign. Come in through the metal gate. Our office is a small red building next to the marina. Check in at the kiosk outside.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour departs from Orcas Island. The island can only be reached by the Washington State Ferry System. If your party is not already on island we recommend our Anacortes departure location.
  • Check in begins 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Outer Island Excursions
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Orcas Island Whale Watching?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Orcas Island Whale Watching.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Orcas Island Whale Watching?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Orcas Island Whale Watching.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Orcas Island Whale Watching?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Orcas Island Whale Watching.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Orcas Island Whale Watching?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Orcas Island Whale Watching.

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Reviews

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252 Reviews

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star-5
The trip of a lifetime
Nicole_L
, Aug 2021
The naturalist on our trip was very friendly and knowledgeable. He answered all the questions we had, even if he had answered them before. The captain was on top of things all to. We were on the whales the whole time! It was an amazing trip of a lifetime!
star-5
More than happy
I_J
, Aug 2021
The captain and our guide Liberty were both absolutely fantastic. They coordinated with other boats to find the whales and wasted no time getting our boat in the area. We were lucky to see both Humpback and Orca whales in their natural habitat. Would absolutely go back.
star-5
Went to see orcas, saw orcas!!!
Janice_K
, Aug 2021
Wonderful time!!!!! Everything was great from booking the trip through watching the whales. Everybody was friendly and enthusiastic. Dress warm!!!
star-5
Fantastic way to spend a Birthday
MIKAYLA_E
, Aug 2021
Whale sitings were guaranteed and we absolutely saw them! It was fantastic to see them in their natural habitat as well as hear from our guides about their hunting habits, food sources, and history in the area. Would absolutely recommend!
star-1
Unfortunate
Julie_H
, Jul 2021
I wasn't able to make itbecause I couldn't get on the ferry to cross. Even after explaining the situation, I couldn't get a refund. I get to keep these unused tickets and won't get back here. I am not from this area and when I looked for whale cruises, this is the one that came up. I searched the Seattle area, or I wouldn't have booked.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
When travelling it's not unusual to find yourself in unfamiliar situations or to be unsure of where to go! That's why we have a fully staffed office available to answer questions 7 days a week, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are a small business with locations throughout the San Juan Islands as well as Anacortes which does not require a ferry. If you had contacted us at all prior to your reservation or had looked up our location your disappointment could have been prevented. We felt that offering you tickets to come again that never expire was a fair and reasonable way to work with you for your oversight.
star-5
Excellent service
NAEL_A
, Jul 2021
Excellent service Very friendly nice experience, Overall the view was so beautiful And we got to enjoy it and see all what we're looking for
star-5
Wonderful Whale watching!
Donna_S
, Jul 2021
I think mj did great, very personable and knowledgeable! The captain did a great job navigating! It was great being able to see 4 orca whales and the sea lions!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable trip
Aarti_D
, Jul 2021
Amazing and memorable trip. We saw 5 killer whales , seals, bald eagle , porpoises . Got great pictures!
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Jessica_G
, Jun 2021
Drew, Jeremy, and Shae on the black fish 4 boat were such an amazing crew! They all were unbelievably nice and knowledgeable. My youngest (5 y/o) was nervous to ride on a boat and they quickly made him feel comfortable. He enjoyed the whole ride and keeps asking to go back! We saw whales, seals, birds, etc. We will be back again and have already recommended them to family!
star-5
Friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.
Ian_P
, Jun 2021
Guaranteed whale watching as promised. Wish we could’ve been closer to the Orcas, but they were hugging the shoreline this day. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. I missed my reservation and they accommodated me during the next excursion. I will be back!!!

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