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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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Redmond, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We went on a trip Sunday over Labor Day weekend. The crew was very nice and provided lots of educational information about the islands and wild life we saw. It was a very long ride with the sighting of two Orcas whales that arched out of the water before taking a deep dive. A few fins also were spotted for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I signed up to go on the whale watching tour skeptical if we would actually get to see anything. Boy were we surprised! We saw orcas, bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises, and seals. The crew was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. The orcas were further away than the boat usually travels... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Our goal everyday is to give our passengers the best day out on the water. We especially love when we meet if not exceed our guests expectations. We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to see up to 4 species of whales on all of our trips. The world’s best opportunity to... More

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

An absolutely wonderful & successful trip to see whale. They found 3 pods, about 15 Orcas, that we watched & followed for over 2 hours. The crew was great & just as excited as the customers! A plus plus

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Wow! What an amazing trip to be on to have the opportunity to see so many orca pods. It is a special occasion when we are able to see all three pods at the same time. Our staff strives to give our passengers onboard the best show of wildlife on every tour. We enjoy when we are able to spend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I have tried 3 other whale watching companies for whale watching in the San Juan's and around and I can honestly say that Island Adventures is the ONLY company I will use now. I have been on 7 trips with Island Adventures now (and Captain Mike) and they have been phenomenal. Not only is the staff willing to stay longer... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, and your continuous support of Island Adventures. There are many things that separate Island Adventures from other whale watching companies, but it is our highly qualified and dedicated staff that makes us #1. Island Adventures has been voted the number one whale watching company in Washington for the last five years in a row... More

Oak Harbor, Washington
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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We saw lots of great scenery and soooo many animals, which is fantastic. But holy moly, was the boat ever crowded. I would not recommend this with children. It was so crowded, people were practically sitting on top of each other. If you are even remotely claustrophobic I would really not recommend this trip as you're literally packed onto the... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

We appreciate when our passengers provide feedback after a whale watching tour with our company. However, the reviewer had some points that are not accurate about the tour and our company. We are very proud of our boats. Our vessels are specifically designed as ocean-rated, year-round whale watching excursion boats. The Island Explorer 3 has an upper viewing deck and... More

New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It's no more pricey than the other companies (seems steep, but when you consider the cost of the boat, gas, crew, etc., it's fair). And the boats are wonderful. Built especially for comfort and convenience -- lots of room inside and outside for everyone. We watched 3 pods of Orcas all in the same area for about an hour --... More

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AnacortesWhales, Staff at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are so glad you had a wonderful time! At Island Adventures we have some of the best deals in the area. Our location, and with the addition of our newest boat the IE4, we are able to offer our lowest prices in several years. The whales... More

Vancouver, WA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was our second trip with this company, with trips on other excursions in-between. We will never use another company again. They just don't compare with this organization and their boats. We had an amazing day yesterday watching a superpod of Orcas for over 1 1/2 hours. Brooke, the naturalist, is full of so much information and both she and... More

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AnacortesWhales, Staff at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks so much for reviewing your tour with Island Adventures! We're so glad you had such a great time with us! We have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable crew in the region, and all of them are dedicated to finding the best whale and wildlife action they possibly can for our passengers. When our passengers have a great... More

Antlers, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Everyone was very knowledgeable & friendly- reasonable pricing and we saw orcas, spending quite some time watching them:) especially enjoyed how unobtrusive all the boats including ours tried to be :) highly recommend!

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Our prices are at the lowest they have been in 10 years. We offer many discounts to our guest such as the early bird special and the save big Wednesday deal. There are many ways to save if you are thinking of whale watching with Island Adventures. We always strive to create the best experience possible for our guests. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This trip exceeded my expectations beyond words! We only had one trip scheduled, but had to schedule a second before leaving the area. The staff in the office is very helpful with information about the area and suggestions for places to eat and visit. We can't thank Ashley, Captain Carl, Mackenzie, Brooke and Rookie Eli enough for the wonderful experiences... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks so much for reviewing your trip with Island Adventures! We all work hard to make our trips successful and fun, so reviews like this one mean a lot to us. At Island Adventures we are committed to excellent customer service. Our highly trained staff are always professional, friendly, and ready to answer questions about the local area,the wildlife and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

From what started out as a very foggy day when we left the harbour the mood stayed somber for the first hour or so. We got news of a whale sighting in thick fog. When we got there we found a superpod of transient orcas, with a month old calf, which proceeded to give us a mesmerising display for the... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

What a terrific day on the water, and a mesmerizing display of whales! This is a rare sight to see so many transient orcas in one place, as transient orcas tend to travel in small pods(family groups). Our captains are skilled at maneuvering our boats to give each passenger the best possible view while on scene with whales. These are... More

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