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Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours from 5 Departure Locations

Meet the Brand- New Island Explorer 5

Vessel Features
  • High-speed catamaran capable of speeds over 30 knots
  • Three walk-around viewing decks
  • Indoor seating for everyone
  • Galley with hot food, snacks, beer, wine and much more
  • Cathedral style bow viewing
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Anacortes Whale Watching

4-5 Hour Tours

April through October

Anacortes is the homeport of the San Juan Islands and is known to be the best place in the world to view orcas in the wild.

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La Conner Whale Watching

Full Day Tours

April through September

The first tour of its kind with the backing of the industry’s best guarantee. New for 2017!  The Island Explorer 4 is moving to the beautiful waterfront community of La Conner, offering full-day guaranteed whale watching tours with a stop for lunch on an island.  

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Port Angeles Whale Watching

4-5 Hour Tours

May through October

Welcome to the Wild West.  Some of the best whale watching in the Pacific Northwest is right out of Port Angeles harbor.

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Save Big Summer

All Tours May 30th through September 4th

This is the best deal all year! All summer tours (May 30th through September 4th) are automatically $30 off adults and $20 off children ages 3-17. Everyone gets the same great deal, so no other discounts apply. Reservations can be made online or over the phone – no promotion code necessary.


Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour — but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! We boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 6,630 wildlife tours conducted, and have led excursions for over 270,000 satisfied guests.

Where are our departure locations?

Our Locations

Meet the Northwest's Finest Fleet

The Island Adventures fleet are the perfect excursion vessels for whale watching in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound. They are fast, safe, and comfortable - all with full upper viewing decks, walk-around lower decks, and indoor heated cabins with his and hers restrooms.

See our other incredible vessels.

The Island Explorer vessels all look very similar.  IE3, IE4, and IE5 have full walk-around lower decks, huge upper decks and great sound systems.  These designs separate a whale watching boat from a repurposed fishing boat or crew boat.  Our vessels are the only boats in the area with outside rail viewing space on either side of the boat for all guests.  They are also very stable, making them fantastic photography platforms.  Island Explorer vessels are safe, fast, and comfortable.

Whales, Wildlife, and More!

The waters surrounding our five departure locations offer some of the most diverse whale and wildlife viewing on the west coast.  Onboard each of our tours, an experienced naturalist helps identify all of the whales, wildlife, and rich history that this area holds.

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Rosario Strait Webcam

Island Adventures’ webcam is overlooking south Rosario Strait, gazing west toward the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island (Anacortes). These waters, located 90 miles inland from the open Pacific Ocean, are considered to be one of the best whale viewing territories in the world.

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Most accurate whale sighting records in the industry. 

Island Adventures has maintained a detailed online whale sightings record since 2003.   We also plot the GPS coordinates of each day’s sightings on our website so you can track the whales’ patterns yourself.   No other company in the region posts accounts from each and every tour.

Use the interactive map to see where we've seen whales!  Click on the colored pins to see the date, location, and type of whale that we saw. 


Whale Sightings

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Great Deals in 2017!

Adults save up to $30 off any tour by booking over 30 days in advance or by joining us May 30th-September 4th. There are discounts for AAA, AARP, seniors 65+, military, or students with an ID.  Midweek deals can be found March-June and September-November.  Click below for more information on how to save big in 2017!

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Prepare for your tour

It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.  See our tips, suggestions, and frequently asked questions.

How to Prepare