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Island Adventures

1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
800-465-4604
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Ranked #2 of 13 Activities in Anacortes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Louisville, Kentucky
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Island Adventures now has a Port Angeles location and that is where we set off in search of whales. It was a perfect blue sky October day and we saw two humpbacks! An extra bonus was a huge group of super fast Pacific white sided dolphins who raced and played along side our boat for an extended period. The crew... More

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our company. This time of year is one of the best times to come to this area to see humpback whales, but you have the opportunity to see up to 5 different kinds of whales on any of our tours. Another plus on any tour is that there is so... More

Englewood, TN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We left from Port Angeles on a perfect September morning. And although it was cold (bring gloves) and very sunny (bring sun screen) it was a wonderful day. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly and we felt it was money very well spent. We saw 30+ killer whales, 2 humpbacks and numerous seals and sea lions. There were many boats... More

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AnacortesWhales, Customer Service Specialist at Island Adventures, responded to this review

We're so glad that you got to be there on that exceptional day! We love it when we can show passengers multiple kinds of whales in one trip! As you say, we do follow all state and federal guidelines that dictate how far we must stay away from the whales, but the design of both of our boats allow passengers... More

Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This was a great whale watching trip! The crew was well informed, helpful, and friendly. We saw many whales and very close. The trip through the San Juan islands was beautiful! Parking was easy. The crew was well informed about whale/dolphin safety and protection. I highly recommend this company if you want to see whales!

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AnacortesWhales, Customer Service Specialist at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing your tour with Island Adventures! We have been having a spectacular season (we've seen whales every day since May 9th,) beating even our normal success rate of 96%. It sounds like the tour you were on was especially great! As you said, we are always very careful around whales, obeying all state and federal regulations which require... More

Anacortes, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I have been out with this company twice now and both times they were wonderful. They are so knowledgeable and really do go the extra mile to make sure you see everything possible.

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AnacortesWhales, Customer Service Specialist at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for coming out with us again! We're glad to hear that both your trips were fun and memorable. Every day with whales and wildlife is different, but you can always count on us doing everything we can to find you the best show possible out on the water. We hope to see you again soon! More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We took a whale watching tour with island Adventures and definitely were not disappointed. The staff was so much fun and made everyone feel so welcome, right from the start of the trip all the way until it was over. We staffed by a pleasant Captain, a very knowledgeable naturalist and an extremely friendly Server at the snack bar. The... More

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We appreciate our passengers taking the time after their tour to review our company. All of our trips are 5-6 hours long, as advertised. We have found that is the best tour length to balance passenger comfort with whale and wildlife viewing opportunities. Our goal is to show our guests as many whales and wildlife... More

Chicago, Illinois
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158 reviews 158 reviews
69 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Anacortes is a little over an hour's drive from Seattle. The tour started at 11 and we were required to check in at 10. The building where you check in has a nice gift shop with lots of wildlife-related gifts for purchase. Our tour was on a Tuesday, so there were maybe only about 35-40 guests on the boat. This... More

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review you recent tour. The Island Explorer 3 was actually built specifically to function as a whale watching boat and even at full coast guard certified capacity, there is still room for 100 additional passengers. This absolutely ensures enough seating and space at the railings for everyone to comfortably watch whales... More

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

This was a fantastic day out! We saw the big 3 orcas, minke and humpback, plus lots of other species of wildlife. The boat had enough seating undercover when it started to rain and outside seating when it was sunny. The crew were acting like your typical American entertainment production but were friendly enough. Over all a great day! Thanks

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! What a trip! It's so exciting when we can see all three species of whales commonly found in this area on one tour. The fall season is a wonderful time for whale, and we guarantee whales on every trip we take, no matter the time of year you whale watch with us. The Island Explorer 3... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We fell in love with Anacortes, in no small part thanks to Ashley at the Island Adventures store. She of course signed us up for what turned out to be a beautiful day on the water (unfortunately we didn't see orcas, but enjoyed minkes, loads of seals, a bald eagle, and scenery that was so breath-taking you forgot you were... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed Anacortes and that Ashley was able to make your trip more enjoyable. I will be sure to pass along your appreciation to her. There are many things that separate Island Adventures from other whale watching companies, but it is our highly qualified and dedicated staff that... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We pretty much planned a trip around going out whale watching with "Island Adventures" and we were not disappointed. The staff was friendly and thoughtful. We did manage to see a few seals sunning on the rocks as we left. After about 90 minutes, Captain Scott announced "whales ahead!". The next 3 hours were full of Orca sightings, 3 pods... More

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review! We have a great boat, amazing staff, large range, and communicate regularly with other captains in the area. With all of these things working together, we can guarantee whales. We were more than happy to take you the distance to see whales on your tour. Sometimes such as days such as this, we have... More

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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had a wonderful trip with Island Adventures on 6 September 2014. We were surrounded by 5 killer whales which stayed around our boat for more than 1.5 hour. Further on, we spotted a few minke whales, seales and a lot of birds. Both the enthusiasm and knowledge of the crew were really great. Thank you for a wonderful day!

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AnacortesWhales, staff member at Island Adventures, responded to this review

The fall season is a great time to go our on the water because of the opportunity to see so much diverse wildlife. In the fall months there is a great chance to see more than one type of whale on a tour. In this case the "slinky" minke whales were spotted along with a group of orca whales. We... More

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