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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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Oak Harbor, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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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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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

Sparwood, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were on the August 9th 3:30 cruise. Family enjoyed the cruise. We were able to see multiple orcas. Captain Carl and his crew were great. This was probably one of the best things I have ever experienced. We were out a couple of weeks early and had no luck we were all invited to go back. Truly keep to... More

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

At Island Adventures we are serious about finding whales. This is a challenge every day because the whales never stop moving! We are passionate to show our guests whales. We are so confident in our ability to find whales that we GUARANTEE IT! If you do not see a whale (orca, minke, gray, or humpback) with us you will come... More

Payson, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was supposed to be a highlight of our Pacific Northwest vacation, but was disappointing. While whales don't appear on cue and the crew makes it very clear that is the case, all we saw was the spouting of a mother humpback and her baby. Their fins surfaced and her tail came up a few times but that was all... More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this review

As always we appreciate when a guest takes the time to review their trip with us, but in this case the reviewer is reviewing whales not really Island Adventures… There are three things that we can not control: weather, whales, and our guest's expectations. In this case it sounds like the weather was more than cooperative with blue skies and... More

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We saw numerous orcas up close and personal! Sooo happy we did this, it was a once in a lifetime experience! Very educational as well!

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AnacortesWhales, Owner at Island Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Island Adventures. What an awesome experience to have the opportunity to see so many orca whales. Our staff works extremely hard to show our passengers the best day on the water and the best wildlife available each day. The Island Explorer is the perfect whale watch boat for the San Juan Islands.... More

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