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Island Adventures

1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
800-465-4604
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Ranked #2 of 12 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Wow! Everything from the second we checked in to leaving the boat was world class. Seeing the orcas in the wild was a life changing experience. But this company does everything possible to make it even better. Friendly, knowledgeable crew, I felt like I was family on their ship. I grew up nearby and can't believe it took bringing my... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent tour with Island Adventures. We are so happy that you and your wife enjoyed your day with us. The San Juan Islands provide one of the best whale watching opportunities anywhere in the world, offering calm waters and a huge variety of wildlife which includes our three pods... More

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was our first time to Washington & the San Juan islands and I really wanted to do a whale watching tour. Our day ended up being gray & rainy but the captain & crew still made it an awesome experience - We completely forgot about the weather when got to see a pod of Orcas. The captain was great... More

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The company, which is what I'm technically rating: +Easy location in Anacortes (you don't have to pay $60 to ferry your car to Friday Harbor) +Professional, good customer service +Boat was very clean +A lot of help on board from a very friendly, knowledgable, enthusiastic crew who seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs +They let you bring your own food... More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this very involved review for Island Adventures. There are a couple of very flattering points mentioned here as well as some points that we would like to address in a little more detail. The reviewer took the time to lay out three different scenarios of a whale watching trip: you... More

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went out on the 9;00 am tour and 20 minutes into it we were watching Orcas. Captain Scott kept us with the whale s for the better part of 3 hours. Great crew on board. Very informative.

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seattle, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I recently went on one of their whale watching tours and we were not disappointed! It took us a while to find whales, so we got to go way up past Juan Island before we came upon our first pod. It was well worth the wait and we saw quite a bit of wonderful scenery along the... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Island Adventures. We appreciate that our passengers take the time after trips to think about their whale watching experience. Here at Island Adventures we not only want to show our guests whales, but as much wildlife as we can find in the 5- 6 hours for each tour. Everyday on the water... More

Seattle
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This company is first class all the way. The boat was impeccably clean. The cabin has ample seating with large windows, so even if you are inside, you can still see all the action outside. The restrooms were very clean and well stocked. The staff was extrememly friendly and professional. Because it is such a gamble to find the whales,... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to notice the cleanliness of our boat. Our team works very hard to keep our vessels clean, so we take great pride in our boats. Our boats have lots of amenities to make your trip more comfortable, including three on-board restrooms, a large heated cabin with over-sized windows, custom-designed interior with cushioned seating, and... More

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have been on multiple whale watches in the San Juans and this was by far the best. On previous experiences we never got close to the whales because of the 100 yard no approach limit. This time the orcas came right in front of the boat and were tail slapping and pec slapping. Then after we left that pod... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of you whale watching trip with Island Adventures. We have been voted the best whale watching company in Western Washington for the last 5 years in a row. We, just like any other whale watching company in the area, maintain county, state, and federal laws when on scene with whales and wildlife. There is... More

Auburn, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As part of my 40th birthday present and because it is one of our favorite things to do, we booked a whale watching trip on Island Adventures in Anacortes. We have gone out at least 10 times before and this was the most spectular trip to date! We were with two families of transient Orcas for three hours. We watched... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures, and thank you for taking your time to review our company. We are thrilled that you wanted to celebrate your birthday with us. We also would like to thank you for continuously choosing Island Adventures. We have been very lucky to see whales since May 9th. However, there are few trips where whales may... More

metro dc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our family of four had an unforgettable adventure seeing orcas, harbor seals, bald eagles, porpoises and more with Island Adventures. Every detail is covered -- passengers get a small informational book with all of the wildlife to see, there are good quality binoculars to rent for free on board, the bathrooms are clean and fresh and there is plenty of... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Here at Island Adventures, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. 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! There are many things that separate... More

houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We were treated to a beautiful day out on the IE4 with Capt. Scott, Sarah and Brooke. We were so fortunate to have a "triple" on this day. Within 10 minutes of leaving the dock we saw a grey whale and her calf. They showed off for a bit and we had to make way for a tanker, then we... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review you whale watching trip with Island Adventures. It is a rare day when we have a "triple"--a day in which we see 3 species of whales. What was so special about this day is seeing that mother gray whale and her calf, along with the humpback whale. We typically see gray whales... More

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