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Address: 1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated...

We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. 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! They boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 4100 days with the whales, and have led excursions for over 80,000 satisfied customers.

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First, make sure you bring a camera!!! You must go to the store a few blocks away, to check-in prior to going to the marina. After getting to the marina, it is a short hike... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
Edward L
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Granbury, Texas
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Granbury, Texas
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

First, make sure you bring a camera!!! You must go to the store a few blocks away, to check-in prior to going to the marina. After getting to the marina, it is a short hike (approx. 100 yards) from the parking lot to the boat. When we got to the boat, they gave everyone a short safety brief, prior to... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Edward, Thank you for reviewing your recent tour! It sounds like it was a great day and even though of course many come to see whales specifically, Dall's Porpoise are actually a rare treat! How fun that you were able to see them on your trip - they're very fast! We'll pass your compliments on to the crew and let... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Whale watching was a definite do during my stay in the Pacific Northwest. While it was chilly off the coast of Anacortes, we were spoiled with calm water and partly sunny/sunny weather. We lucked out since the previous day's trip saw zeros whales and had less than ideal weather. The boat was quite crowded however since a lot of the... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing Island Adventures! We appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience and providing great information for others planning their trips. The scenery is gorgeous here in the Pacific Northwest at any time of year, but when the weather is calm and the wildlife is as abundant as on the day of your tour, there's just... More 

Maryland
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91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

First, I want to focus on the good points. The whale guarantee was great. If you see no whales, you get to return for free. I believe that is only if you see no whales at all, so if you see a humpback but no Orcas, you may not receive a rain check. Of course, Orcas were what we came... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write about your recent experience. You bring up a few great points that others planning trips may be interested in, so I'll address those. Our standard whale guarantee does, as you mentioned, cover any of the five major whales we expect to see in this area: humpbacks, orcas, minkes, grays, or fin whales. We... More 

Kenmore, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My trip in April resulted in no whales. Great boat ride, but no whales. But I was able to make use of their guarantee, and this trip today was fabulous. Captain Scott really went the distance. Literally. We sailed from Anacortes and went as far as slightly west of Port Angeles to see orca. There were probably five, quite spread... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

We're so glad you were able to take advantage of our lifetime guarantee and see not just one, but three different types of whale on your return visit! Every member of our crew has a passion for wildlife which is why they don't mind "going the distance" to get a great sighting for our guests! We hope we will indeed... More 

Fredericksburg, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This tour was top notch from beginning to end. When checking in, the staff could not have been more friendly & knowledgeable. We saw all sorts of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, etc. The boat was perfect with a nice little lunch counter with Ivar's Clam Chowder - YUM! The only thing I would suggest is they... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We're happy to read that you enjoyed your tour and saw quite a bit of wildlife! We appreciate you letting us know about the speakers as well, we'll certainly look into it. We take responsible viewing practices very seriously, so it's good to see that our reputation precedes us! Thank you once again for... More 

Rimrock, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great Crew, we Had a good time, the kids loved the adventure. We saw Porpoise, Sea Lions and YOGI the Humpback Whale! Also the crew spotted a paddle boarder out pretty far and went to check on them, turned out to be 2 people whose small boat had capsized.

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to review your trip! Sounds like quite an adventure indeed! We've seen more humpbacks this year than in any year on record. We're so glad you got to be a part of this very special season! More 

Atlanta
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was the highlight of our trip to Seattle. We saw orcas, seals, river otters and even a great gray whale! The ship was roomy and comfortable with snacks and beverages for sale. The crew was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and surrounding area. Will do this again next time we're there!

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Nicole, Thanks for joining us! We're happy to hear that we were the highlight of your visit to the area! That out-of-season gray whale was a fun surprise. Every trip is very different, so we hope you will indeed join us next time you're in the area to see what other fun wildlife we can find for you! More 

Westport, Massachusetts, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Sailing out of the busy port of Anacortes into the San Juan islands is a trip in itself, throw in sea lions, porpoises and orcas and you have a trip to remember. The captain and his crew did a great job pointing out seabirds: puffins, murres, awklets and (new to me) peregrine falcon. And we had awesome sightings of 5... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're glad you got to check some new-to-you animals off your list. We have one of the most experienced crews in the business and they're great at finding the best spots for all types of wildlife, not just whales. It was a pleasure having you aboard and we hope we'll be able to see you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We went on a whale watch tour out of Anacortes while on vacation. This tour far exceeded my expectations. We saw several orcas, a gray whale, otters, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, sea lions, and lots of birds. The staff was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of pointing out where to look to get the best views. We have... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour with Island Adventures! There's nothing we love more than reading that we've exceeded a passenger's expectations. It looks like you saw a great variety of wildlife, including that surprise out-of-season gray whale! Happy to read that you and your boys enjoyed the tour. Thanks again for joining us! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

After a lot of research, I chose Island Adventures for the size of their ships and their itinerary and we were not disappointed. We went on the afternoon cruise and they made a beeline for the areas the orcas were seen earlier in the day and sure enough they were still there. All the boats out that late afternoon circled... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Deb, Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour! Just seeing whales in the wild is special, but it sounds like you got to see some pretty incredible behaviors on your tour! We take a lot of pride in our vessel and in our crew, so we're glad to read you were pleased with both. It was a... More 

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