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Deer Harbor Charters

#3 of 16 Tours in Orcas Island Features Animals
Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Great trip - really educational and inspiring

My dad and I flew up to San Juan Islands for a dad-daughter trip with the goal of seeing Orcas... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah S
Sonoma, California
Awesome day!

We had a great trip with Deer Harbour Charters - we chose the "luxury whale watching trip" which is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Randers, Denmark
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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, making it the longest operating whale watching company in the San Juan Islands. We are the exclusive whale watch company operating from Rosario Resort and Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Our boats provide and excellent viewing platform for an experience you will never forget. Our captains and naturalists are island residents and trained at what they do.
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Orcas Island, WA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My dad and I flew up to San Juan Islands for a dad-daughter trip with the goal of seeing Orcas whales and bald eagles and boy we weren't disappointed. The naturalist and captain were both super informative, had great energy, and pointed out as many...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great trip with Deer Harbour Charters - we chose the "luxury whale watching trip" which is in fact a private charter. Our family of 4 were the only passengers on the boat (that would hold up to 6 guests) - but we...More

1  Thank WhaleLover-DK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Deer Harbor Charters work so hard to ensure everyone has an amazing experience whale watching, and it's very evident. Even though the "whale spottings" were almost 1.5 hours north (we went into Canada) they took us there and we saw a family of 3 orcas...More

Thank vam288
Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't really a rating of the company. They seem like a professional operation. Trey was informative, although often hard to hear over the noise of the boat. Although he moves around in order to compensate for this. He seems to really enjoy his work...More

Thank Holly R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful day. WOnderful enthusiastic guides. Extraordinary sightings of amazing animals. Our group (ages 11 to mid 50's) thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank DeeBfree2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had mistakingly signed up for a day sail instead of a whale watch but figured it out the day before and they assured me we would be able to go on a whale watch. We went standby on the morning trip but couldn't get...More

Thank _eppiper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 23 & 24 year old kids on the whale watching trip. It was the highlight of our trip to Orcas Island. Captain Tom and naturalist Trey were fabulous! They spent an extra hour cruising around to find the Orcas. Trey was so...More

Thank PeazOnEarth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've done their whale watching tour on 4 separate visits, loved it every time. Tom, captain, has an uncanny knack on finding the best place to be to view everything. Natalie, naturalist, is knowledgeable and gives you the information in an entertaining and exciting way....More

1  Thank SnoBK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would highly recommend Deer Harbor Charters. They were phenomenal from start to finish. Great communication and even picked us up at a dock closer to our Airbnb. When we got on board , they were totally friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. They agreed to go out...More

Thank pebner03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deer Harbor Charters is by far the most well educated, knowledgeable, and professional group that one could experience in the San Juans. Captain Tom and naturalist Trey guided us through the waters skillfully all the while pointing out interests of the geography, and history of...More

Thank Jackie B
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Questions & Answers
21 June 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.
Ken K
3 January 2015|
Response from deerharborcharters |
Mid April is still considered the off season. We do see whales occasionally that time of year but not as consistent as the months from May to October. April is a great month though with lots of other wildlife sightings... More