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Eastsound, United States
Orcas Island Whale Watching

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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
120 Sucia Dr , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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.

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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.
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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.
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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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4.5
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star-5
Definitely worth the money
Lisa_N
, Apr 2022
We saw the whales up close and personal. It was very exciting! The guides and Captain were great. Make sure to dress in layers, The trip back was quite chilly.
star-5
Nature - truly amazing
Pamela_B
, Apr 2022
Our trip was fabulous! Liberty is an outstanding, very knowledgeable guide who shared great information on the orcas, the area in general and on other marine animals that we encountered. Her enthusiasm was amazing. She took time to answer questions from several of the children onboard and sought to make their trip as interesting and fun as possible. We had a remarkable encounter with a small orca pod who were hunting a stellar sea lion. Mom and older son were teaching/showing her youngest how to hunt. Fascinating how they worked together - and were able to communicate with a sister pod to come to dinner once the kill was made. It was like being part of a National Geo documentary...truly amazing.
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
Ian_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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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!!!
star-5
Great experience
Alan_W
, Jun 2021
We had a wonderful day. Our boat Captain took us to see two pods of Killer whales and a humpback whale. He also made stops to show us a lighthouse and some other scenery. Talia, the naturalist on our boat, did a wonderful job. She was very knowledgeable about whales and truly enjoys sharing with others. We saw close to 9 or 10 killer whales and one humpback. They came very close to our boat which made it even better.
star-4
Fun
Mary_C
, Jun 2021
Friendly staff. But hard to identify since they were “dressed like us”. They need an identifier, hat, shirt, color.
star-5
Most definitely will be returning!!!!
Martha_B
, May 2021
This was an awesome experience and informative with our tour guide miss Liberty. I will most definitely will be returning with my daughters next time, this time was mommy and daddy time lol. Also I missed my original time of departure but thankfully they were able to accommodate and put us on a later viewing. Thank you all for that and for an amazing experience.
star-5
Orcas showtime!
William_C
, May 2021
Fantastic show by Orcas really right in front of us. Fantastic! Crew was super. Perfect size boat. We saw many bald eagles and other wildlife.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Ripped Off!!! What a scam!!
Carri_S
, Aug 2018
This is the worst company to deal with, there are much better whale watching companies in the area!! Got bumped from the boat and couldn't get to Orcas island. They wouldn't give me a refund!! The owner, Beau Brandow, acted like he had no control over the outsource company he uses!! Total crap! Awful business!!
star-4
Great trip we got to see a humpback...
Lynn L
, Sep 2017
Great trip we got to see a humpback whale, a pod of 5 orca whales, seals and a few dolphins. All of the sea creatures were needed to be seen by binoculars for the animals safety, which is understandable. We could see them with the naked eye but from a distance of at least 100 feet. We were the last to get on the boat and so sat on the sides of the boat which was very cold and windy. We were given a very large warm jacket to wear which was a life saver. Without it I think I would have had hypothermia. The naturalist was not in a position where we could hear him but did spend some time to answer our questions individually. It was a memorable experience. Its always a mixed adventure going out on the open sea. Both the naturalist and driver were personable and helpful.
star-2
I wish we had known about the rule...
Eunice H
, Aug 2017
I wish we had known about the rule that we couldn't get any closer to the whales. I was disappointed that we could only see them as small black and white fish with fins in the distance. There was a lot of hype about which ones we were going to see---how could anyone identify them? Perhaps a Kayak trip would have been better and I would consider that next time. However, I did enjoy our naturalist Bobby's education of us and felt he was very knowledgable and entertaining. The pilot was a bit curt with some of the passengers, but the boat trip was comfortable.
star-5
Great time! Was on the Orcas in 25...
James P
, Jul 2017
Great time! Was on the Orcas in 25 minutes and watched them for quite a while. Our guide was great and educated us on many things connected with the wildlife and San Juan Islands.

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