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Whale Research EcoExcursions

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Address: Dock 3, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
Phone Number: 541-912-6734
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Close Encounters of the Gargantuan Kind

Scoped this place out years ago and I always said if I got close enough, I would go. SO glad I did. This was an amazing tour, very informative and so much better than the big... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Asheville, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We booked this whale watching tour, which by all accounts is excellent, but our trip was cancelled because of a small boat advisory due to rough seas. From what I can tell, this happens somewhat frequently, as tours are in a small boat (just six passengers) and the Pacific is a big, often rough ocean. I think our tour was... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Scoped this place out years ago and I always said if I got close enough, I would go. SO glad I did. This was an amazing tour, very informative and so much better than the big boats. Can't believe the affordability of this tour considering how close you get. Max 6 guests in boat, and the whales swim within a... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I can not tell enough people how great this trip was! Carrie ' s excitement was wonderful, she has an insane amount of knowledge. We got to see Comet, who fluked us 8 times! We will be back and hope to make it a yearly trip.

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cincinnati, ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our family of 6 just took the tour with Carrie and her dog and from the video that Carrie does to the boat ride itself it is great. Carrie has so much energy and love for what she does that it makes the experience even more interesting and exciting. We had the perfect day and managed to get lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Six of us took this trip yesterday and created memories of a lifetime for my wife, our two teenagers, and aging parents and me. The Zodiac style boat with fantastic views from every seat was the only way our aging parents could have had this experience because they never could have stood at a railing to watch for whales like... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Before you get on the boat you watch a video on whales and Carrie's involvement in research. Very interesting and made the actual watching more fun. The boats seat 6. Though we saw the same whale several times it was fun. There was a larger boat with watchers near by. We heard the guide telling the passengers that 'several whales... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

If you are interested in whales and/or marine biology, you owe it to yourself to take this trip. We got close enough to the whales to smell their breath. While the smell is horrible, to be that close to a whale is amazing. Kida (Carrie's dog) makes it worth it all by herself. A dog trained to spot whales? You... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have been on a few watches with other companies, this is by far the best and honestly the only way to go! Even if you don't have a huge whale showing the ride is amazing. Everyone says you must get on Carries boat but I think all the captains are great and you can usually hear Carrie over the... More 

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were told that Depoe Bay has a year round population of whales. We went out as group of three Zodiacs. We found one whale, Ginger, who at least stayed around and made repeated showings which was exciting. We even got to smell whale breath (yuck). We were disappointed that we were not in Carrie's boat since our guide didn't... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was so much more than just watching whales in the ocean due to Carrie, the owner, who just happens to have 4 degrees in the sciences! She told us about the personalities of the whales in such an interesting way that they ceased to be mere giants in the water. All the details made the entire experience unforgettable. We... More 

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