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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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Great Whale Watching Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Rich1942
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Anacortes, Washington
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Anacortes, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Anacortes, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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 

York, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Decided to do a little whale watching during my quick stay in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Booked a morning whale watching excursion. The ship was manned by just 3 people. A captain, guide, and cook/all around help. They were amazing. We cruised through the San Juan islands and our guide was very helpful and stayed in touch with nearby vessels... More 

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband, family, friends and I went to Anacortes mostly to see whale watching. We looked on several rating websites and decided to go with Island Adventures. We were so thankful we did. July 7th had a super pod of Killer whales out playing. There were 3 small private boats on the water with us and one slightly smaller boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I manage a local Bed and Breakfast and always recommend Island Adventures. We have personally went on 4 trips and have been blown away by the encounters with not just the whales, but the entire experience of the marine life. Great staff, large and comfortable boats.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We made our reservations months ago but the anticipation was unbearable. After going through tons of whale reports on the Island Adventure website I couldn't wait. We left in a light rain which didn't stop us. Saw eagles, dolphins, harbor seals, stellar sea lions,and an unidentified humpback. The sky ended up clearing up and we followed the humpback for over... More 

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AnacortesWhales, island adventure staff at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear the wait was worth it! The whale report is a fun daily reminder of all the possibly critters you can see on any tour. This season at Island Adventures has been phenomenal and that excellence has continued into the cooler, wet fall months. Our staff strives to... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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 

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