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Outer Island Expeditions

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Address: 54 Hunt Rd, Smugglers Villa Resort, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
Phone Number: +1 360-376-3711
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Sun 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

26 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips.Our Small Fast Boats...

26 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips.Our Small Fast Boats get you up-close and personal with the regions famous Orca Whales! We see whales on about 95% of our tours! You can add fishing or kayaking to one of our tours.

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Great Experience!

This may sound unusual, but I STILL have great memories of our kayak tour with Outer Island way back in May. Was just talking about it today, and felt the need to add another... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

This may sound unusual, but I STILL have great memories of our kayak tour with Outer Island way back in May. Was just talking about it today, and felt the need to add another review because this company is so good. (Note: I have NO affiliation with OIX). If you are lucky enough to have Benson as your guide for... More 

Thank randstyr
Northern CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful day, we saw a little of everything, Orcas, humpbacks, eagles, sea lions and a bird feeding frenzy! I had an awesome time, Katie was great and very informative about all the wildlife and the surrounding islands. Captain Paul was great with a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you so much will definitely recommend this company

Thank Ethel44
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

Had a great afternoon out with Outer Island! We were on board the Orca Express boat and got out to where the whales were and got a good look at a number of Transients hunting a seal. No matter how hard the seal tried to hide under a near by tour boat the whales were having none of it and... More 

Thank Dave741776
Arlington, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

The guide was very informative and extremely knowledgeable on both kayaking and he knew lots about the area and wildlife too which made the trip even more enjoyable. He helped us feel comfortable and safe in the kayak. The pace was nice with just the right amount of breaks so we didn't feel rushed. A beautiful day experience. The only... More 

Thank Deb J
Green Valley
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Would definitely recommend this company! We expected to see maybe one or two whales if any at all, but our Captain Paul took us up into Canadian waters where we saw several pods of whales! We were amazed at how many Orca whales we saw! Our hosts, Paul and Anna answered every question everyone had and was very knowledgeable. We... More 

Thank Bkaeb
Lynden, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

We had originally booked our trip in August, but due to a very heavy windstorm it had to be cancelled (they called us about 1.5 hours in advance which was thoughtful because we live about that far away!). I had been emailing with one of the staff who put us on another trip at a later date. The day of... More 

Thank Carrie S
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It was a great afternoon of seeing Orca, Harbor Seals, and a Humpback Whale. The boats are new, comfortable, and the crew personable, engaging, and happy to answer questions in addition to providing their narrative. It was a beautiful day on the islands and this far exceeded our expectations for the trip. The ship was not overly crowed making for... More 

Thank JRwestla
Clermont, Florida
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Paul and Anna were great hosts & we definitely recommend this trip.There were several other companies advertising Groupon prices for a Whale watching trip this week. My sister had been out on a kayak trip with Outer Island and was very pleased - so I called and they volunteered a coupon that was buy 1 get 1 for 50% off... More 

Thank Bethk1964
Tiki Island, Texas
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We boarded the ugly but very comfortable boat & immediately got a very interesting lecture about the local whales that we were about to see. The young lady was very knowledgeable & passionate about the whales. It was very interesting & she answered all questions asked. When we got to where the orcas would be feeding the captain let us... More 

Thank David L
Hayden Lake, Idaho
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I have to be totally honest, the only reason I booked with Outer Island was because they were having a BOGO half off sale. I am so glad we went with them! Capt. Bo and his crew were very knowledgable, friendly, and showed a great respect and compassion for the whales and their environment. We saw so many whales, we... More 

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