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

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 Time! Amazing!

The staff was wonderful and very personable. They were wonderfully attentive to both the adults and children. Very nice, clean boat. We noticed some of the other boats out did not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Lori J
Estacada, Oregon
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Estacada, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The staff was wonderful and very personable. They were wonderfully attentive to both the adults and children. Very nice, clean boat. We noticed some of the other boats out did not have a cabin you could escape to if you got chilly and were very grateful for it. I can't recommend enough, we will definitely do it again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We weren't sure if we were going to get to see anything exciting since it was so late in the season, but we were able to see a pod of transient orcas that included a tiny baby! Our guide Katie was so wonderful and obviously loves what she does. She was so knowledgable about every thing we asked about. Captain... More 

Thank heartsocks
Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Okay this is Orca home territory, they sail from Orcas Island, but on the day we went the Captain was possessed with humpbacks. Humpbacks are boring compared to orcas. The surface only a very little bit then dive and you can see their tails. That was the highlight. Orcas are almost fully visible when they surface and pop out head... More 

Thank Odojoe
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We went out on the last day of the season and I was concerned that we wouldn't see anything, but the networking/navigation skills of the captain got us out to 2 young transient male orcas that frolicked and played in ways that made it hard to see them as "killer whales". Both Elisa and Chelsea were very knowledgeable and added... More 

Thank 4twharwood
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We were told that it was a little late in the year to see many whales...WRONG! LOTS of whales, both Orcas and Humpbacks, spouting and prancing all around the boat. The crew, Katie (naturalist) and Bo (captain) were great at both locating and identifying the whales (by name, even!). The trip lasted longer than scheduled as the crew continued looking... More 

Thank William W
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I rarely leave reviews but this whale watch was too good not to leave a review. The company was excellent, Captain Paul and our guide who I'm sadly blanking on her name were absolutely amazing. It's been my dream and on my bucket list to see the Orca whales in person and I'm so happy to say I was not... More 

1 Thank Beachbeck78
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We had a fantastic time on our whale watching trip from Bellingham. Paul (our captain) and Katie (our guide) were wonderful - incredibly knowledgeable and very personable, and clearly loved what they do. We lucked out with beautiful weather, and had a perfect day to spend on the water. We spent probably over a full hour watching Orcas. It was... More 

Thank David W
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

If you want to go whale watching, go with these guys! We had an amazing time, saw 60 orcas which were playing, breaching and super active the entire 3 hours we were on the water. Crew was knowledgeable and fun! Highly recommend this company!

Thank Jengel07
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

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

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

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