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Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

POB 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280
360-376-6566
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Ranked #2 of 17 Activities in Orcas Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: We depart at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock for Whale Watching and Light House tours. 56 foot "Orcas Express"U.S.C.G. lic. 48 seats, heated cabin with... more » Owner description: We depart at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock for Whale Watching and Light House tours. 56 foot "Orcas Express"U.S.C.G. lic. 48 seats, heated cabin with restroom and upstairs, downstairs outside. Professional naturalists, under water hydrophone system, listen to the Orca . We serve small or large groups. We host weddings and parties. Our vessel has hydraulic stabilizers for a more comfortable ride. We pride ourselves, on our well maintained vessel and our educational environmental awareness program . We run with b20 bio diesel. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Can't say enough good things about our trip. The boat is comfortable and spotless inside & out. This is a family owned business and Cpt Dan and his wife Denise go the extra mile to get you where the wildlife is. We did not see Orcas but saw humpback whales, sea lions, and a bald eagle. Any day on the... More

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Maple Valley, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We come whale watching every year, and usually go with this company because they really are the best. The covered cabin is comfortable. They are friendly and informative. This trip we saw so many orcas. I highly recommend coming in August. In the past our trips were in May. In other trips we have seen humpbacks and minke whales as... More

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Sierra Vista, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our trip was a girlfriend reunion of three classmates from grade school and high school when we all lived in the Peoria IL area. We all wanted to see the colorful Orca whales and this excursion certainly did deliver! Captain Dan and his crew were very knowledgeable and accommodating and their boat was beautiful and quite comfortable. The "J" pod... More

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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

I went on a whale tour with my parents, who live on Orcas Island. It was their first time on this particular charter, and my first time going to see orcas in the wild. The crew was helpful and friendly, as well as knowledgeable and good communicators. It's a very professional operation. We got lucky and saw several small and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

There are several highly rated companies that offer orca and whale watching tours in the San Juans, but I don't think any of them can touch Orcas Island Eclipse Charters. Captain Dan and the naturalists on board make you feel like you're part of their family and you can tell they genuinely care about what they do. I learned more... More

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mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We lucked up and had a beautiful, warm day at the end of July. Wonderful day on the water! We saw Orcas-probably a total of 10-12? One was a young male and he did little flips out of the water showing off. The boat is great. Nice comfortable seats on the inside. A great upper deck(children under I think 12... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This tour was amazing! Knowledgable crew, comfortable boat, and best of all, we saw tons of whales! We saw a humpback mama and its baby and a pod of orcas, about 20 total! Captain Dan is very respectful of the whales and the the naturalists were full of information. You can even take a seat next to the Captain for... More

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The boat is the largest and most comfortable boat. Very safe. Lots of seating areas. Great naturalists!! We followed whales for a couple of hours

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We cruised out on a near-perfect day, clear, sunny and calm. Before setting out the skipper introduced all the crew members, and explained clearly the safety rules to be observed on the boat. As we sped out to the area where the whales were, he pointed out various landmarks and other bits of local color, which included the Lady Washington,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We had an amazing day whale watching with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters !! Captain Dan always makes the trips interesting and memorable! Both naturalists are very knowledable and informative. We have been whale watching with this group every year for over 20 years. We have loved each trip! The whales were and always are.... Fun to watch! Seeing whales will... More

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