Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour in Anacortes, WA

Island Adventures1801 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA 98221
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Take a trip from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands to experience a whale watching tour unlike any other. On this guided tour of the Pacific Northwest, you’re guaranteed to see wild orcas. In addition, experienced naturalist guides will also highlight harbor seals, sea lions, Dall’s and harbor porpoise, bald eagles and many types of sea birds. The average tour covers 60 miles through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Anacortes Travel Experts
  • The San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas. Humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales call this region home!
  • The tour lasts around 4-5 hours.
  • Great for all ages!


from Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour
Anacortes is our flagship location where Island Adventures first began back in 1996.  Just a 90-mile drive from downtown Seattle, Anacortes is a convenient starting point for your wildlife adventure - no ferry required!  The calm waters near the San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas. Humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales also call the region home.

Soak in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest aboard the finest whale watching vessel on the entire west coast, the Island Explorer 5.

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Fonda W
Twentynine Palms, California
"Highly Recommend Island Adventures!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020 NEW
This was a once in a lifetime tour for us and we were so thankful we chose Island Adventures! During this time of COVID-19 they made us feel very safe. The audio system worked great and we could hear everyone clearly, even with masks on. The boat was sparkling clean. We appreciated having a concession stand available to get lunch (we did the 10 AM tour). They also offer photos of the wildlife we see for a very reasonable price so that we didn't have to worry about taking pictures. We saw Minke, Humpback and Orca Whales. They suggest taking layers of warm clothes if you want to stay outside (and we did this) but they also have plenty of space to get inside out of the wind. Very nice people who care about the wildlife!
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John A
"Your best chance of seeing whales in the area!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2019
We have been whale watching all around the world, mostly on small rib type craft. So it was a pleasant surprise for us to join such a professional and well organised excursion. In fact everyone involved was really knowledgeable and helpful, you should talk to the team in the shop. The vessel itself is purpose built with three viewing decks and even has a research office for the marine biologist, in our case Sam, to research and identify the recorded animals. The skipper Scot, and the rest of the wonderful crew, are able to locate and take you to the best locations. You will see wildlife! We traveled up to Canadian waters and we spent some time observing a hunting group of Orca, which was another item ticked off our bucket-list, complete with plenty of fascinating information provided by the knowledgeable Sam. Our thanks to the team, we can only give you our full and honest, recommendations.
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Beverly S
"Family visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2019
Took ferry to Friday Harbor. Enjoyed water trip plus lots to see and do in town . Shopping was great fun restaurants .
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Jonny M
"A must book"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019
What a day out. We travelled to seattle to see Orca whales, we unfortunately did not see them when we went, however we did see humpback whales and other sea life such as seals and sharks and bald eagles. This was a great day out the boat is very smooth, the staff are excellent and the food on board is top notch. If wego back to seattle we will dedinately book with Island adventures again. Thank you for a fantastic day.
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Roswell, Georgia
"Amazing trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2019
I highly recommend Island Adventures for a whale watching trip. We had a spectacular day on the water. We were very fortunate to have an up close encounter with a humpback who played around the boat, swimming from one side to the other for about 15 minutes. We also saw Orcas, more humpbacks, seals, sea lions, and a bald eagle. The tour guides narrated during most of the trip, providing lots of information about the animals, the land and the history of the islands. The boat was very comfortable and clean. There is lots of room to spread out, good food and drinks aboard and clean restrooms.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour

What are the tour times?
There are many tour times available, but it depends on the time of the year when the start time of the tour will be. During spring and fall months, the tour starts at 11:30 am and during summer months the tour has 10 am and 4 pm tour times.

What should I bring?
Bring layers, sunscreen, and your camera.

Where and when should I check-in?
Check-in is at 1801 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure is required on your seats may be given away to waiting passengers.

What’s the weather like?
Anacortes is known to have some of the best weather in the San Juan Islands. In the summer months, the temperature averages 60-80 degrees. Make sure to bring layers since it can feel 10-20 degrees cooler on the water.

Is it appropriate for children?
It’s family friendly and all ages are welcome!

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
We can accommodate almost any situation; however, we do have a few limitations. Now, we cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs, and depending on the vessel and boarding location, a few stairs may be required to board the vessel. Due to a few Coast Guard requirements, our vessels cannot be fully ADA-compliant. Please contact our office with specific questions.

Can I bring my camera?

How long is the tour?
The tour is 4-5 hours.

Can I bring my pet?
We love pets, but we can only welcome registered service animals on our tours.

Can I bring my own food?
Our vessels have great food and drink options available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own food and drink items as well.

Can I bring a stroller?
While you may bring a stroller, we ask that it be a small folding stroller that can be stowed easily. Is smoking allowed? Smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted on any Island Adventures Vessel.