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Address: 1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone Number: 800-465-4604
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Description: 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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Incredible experience

I went on a whale watching tour, didn't see a whale. We got free vouchers to come back, we did and saw a bunch of whales. Awesome experience both times. Crew was always friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I went on a whale watching tour, didn't see a whale. We got free vouchers to come back, we did and saw a bunch of whales. Awesome experience both times. Crew was always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable! I highly recommend Island Adventures!

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

every trip we take with island adventures is fun and informative. we learn something new on every trip we take and the crew treats us like family. keep it up and we will be coming back as often as possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We took my husbands 8 year old daughter.. It was about a 6 hr boat ride, long at times but the captain and crew were super nice and we finally saw about 9 orcas they came super close to the boat it was freaking amazing!! We were lucky to get such amazing views!!! I can totally see why they are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We saw nothing for 90 min and then, 1/2 way into the trip we "saw" grey whales 400ft away. Though far away, there was little to see; yet the tour guide hyped up our siting repeatedly saying we were so lucky we should go to the casino that night. Actually there was little to see - a bitty spray from... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Notice this is the only response that we've been this critical of the reviewer. We're not being defensive – we're just confused. Island Adventures has been voted the #1 whale watch company in Washington state for the past 5 years. Guests choose our company because guests have a passion to see whales in their natural habitat. That's why we understand... More 

Anacortes, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A great and thrilling adventure in one of the areas most scenic local. Specially designed boat really provides a great experience for one and all. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We have taken the Island Adventures Whale Watching cruise three or four times and we have always had a great experience. The onboard naturalist can answer all your questions about the various sea life that is encountered as well as being very knowledgeable about the resident Orca pods. The boats were clean and well maintained and the crews were friendly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Whale watching companies help each other to spot marine life. They even employ helicopters! But having a great day on the water also includes enthusiasm of the crew and commentary, clean and comfortable facilities, an updated electronic mapping program so you know where you are at all times, and so forth. Island Adventures hit all these points and also add... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I've been on several whale watching excursions over the years and I have to say, Island Adventures is the best, by far. Great, comfortable boats and a knowledgeable staff and a knack for finding whales on every trip. Can't ask for more. I like that they employ young marine biologists who accompany every trip to explain all of the natural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband and I took a whale watching tour and had a great time! We saw a lot of amazing wildlife including one large whale that stayed with us for several hours. We will definitely come back!

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Letchworth, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you are expecting to see sights of breaching whales and the like, you could be really disappointed. We spent the entire day on the boat and didn't see one. The staff commentary was banal and uninteresting, turning to desperate excuses as the day wore on. In their defence though, they did offer a free return visit as there had... More 

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with Island Adventures. Unfortunately, it seems as though whale watching may not have been the right activity for this guest. Since this is a boat based whale watching tour, we are dealing with wildlife in the wild -- we have no control over what they decide to do , or... More 

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