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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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Great place for Whale Watching

A great informative place about the animals/mammals that can be seen in the area. It is a perfect spot for whale watching either inside or out on the observation deck.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pia L
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great informative place about the animals/mammals that can be seen in the area. It is a perfect spot for whale watching either inside or out on the observation deck.

Thank Pia L
Wausau, Wisconsin
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143 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

One thing I have to say is that we did have plenty of whale action, although not much breaching or flukes. Our Captain, Kevin, was very knowledgeable, and helped us to see and enjoy the whales in the Depoe Bay area, as well as sea lions, and even a harbor porpoise! We had expected that the tour would be led... More 

1 Thank Ann G
Orlando, Florida
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

What a trip. While visiting Portland,we were able to go out to see the whales this past weekend. After a brief video we suited up and climbed aboard our boat with Captain Carrie Newell and Kida. BTW Kida is a 14 year old dog that rides along and does the whale spotting. What a trip. When Kida would spot a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Always wanted to see the whales and were not disappointed. Booking was a little difficult as our calls weren't returned but persistence paid off. Very informative and entertaining video first then onto the inflatables for our trip. Maximum of 6 people per boat and these captains really know what they are doing. We saw several whales flunking and even had... More 

Thank TravellerRosie
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Spent the 2 hrs. with Carrie and her whale sniffing Golden Retriever. Never felt closer to the natural order of things,following 3 grays and being close enough to touch. Wind,rain&waves only added to the experience. Do this!

2 Thank Randy P
Tucson, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We spend our summers in Depoe Bay and live between Boiler Bay and the harbor, so we see whales in the summer most every day. But when we have friends visiting, this is the Whale Watch trip of choice. A previous reviewer in August mentioned the rough seas and that does happen and small boats would not fare well. But... More 

2 Thank daisy10girl
Greenacres, Washington
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76 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

What an experience! Our initial booking was also cancelled due to rough seas but we did get out a couple of days later at 8 am and it was fantastic! We were in Kevin's zodiac and enjoyed it immensely as he was full of knowledge (and humor) and was very intent on finding whales for us. I think we saw... More 

2 Thank Christine B
Longview, Texas
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is a must if you have the time in the Depot Bay area. But please be aware that reservations are highly recommended, as the trips fill up fast. This excursion is not on a large pontoon boat, but a small 6 passenger zodiac. I must also say that because of size of the boat our reservation was canceled twice... More 

1 Thank an_east_tx_couple
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25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! A perfect two hours of my life. We got there at 9:30am, and explored their cute marine museum until 10am, where we watched two short whale videos that were incredibly interesting and educational. Carrie, one of the guides, is a marine biologist who made a very important discovery about whales! From 10:30... More 

1 Thank Lew B
Asheville, NC
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336 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

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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