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Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

POB 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280
360-376-6566
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Ranked #3 of 16 activities in Orcas Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dearborn,MI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We were on a whale-watching cruise in September and it was fantastic! We saw LOTS of Orca whales and many were definitely up close and personal! One pod swam right under the boat. The captain and crew were very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend this tour if you are in the area.

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Eastsound, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've been whale-watching on Orcas multiple times, and with several different charters. Eclipse stands out in several way. Their boats are very comfortable with lots of window and platforms, and Captain Dan and his wife Denise are both knowledgable and truly welcoming. They're kind to all kinds of folks-young and old, local and international, and their naturalists are top-notch. I... More

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Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We chose Eclipse Charters for a whale watching trip in mid-September and were not disappointed in any way. The description of their boat is very understated. We were surprised to find comfortable, nicely upholstered seats with tables for all the passengers inside the cabin. The weather was perfect so most of our time was spent outside either on the upper... More

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Wirtz, Virginia, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My husband and I went on this excursion. We were hoping to see whales and we did. A mom orca and her calves and several young orca males swam within viewing distance. We were also privileged to see a minke whale. Also viewed were an eagle, sea lions, seals, and a porpoise as well as numerous varieties of water birds.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Captain took us all the way to Canada for some Orcas. T-19 I think. That's getting er done! Two awesome experts shared more than our brains could hold. ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

This was the highlight of my trip. The crew was so nice and knowledgeable. They went above and beyond. I would highly recommend this trip. It was perfect day seeing, and hearing, whales. I will go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Love, Love, Loved this tour! We saw and heard so many orcas. The guides did a great job and were very accommodating. Best thing was how knowledgable the guides were. They shared so much information and educated us throughout the tour. Highly recommend - they will take care of you!

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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

So, we were in the San Juan Islands from July 23rd to the 26th...too short a time, I'd add...and the first whale watching trip, no Orcas--not anyone's fault, the salmon are not doing their usual thing this summer, so neither are the Orcas, and I'll be giving that outfit a great review, too--but we figured we'd go one more time,... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

We went on the afternoon whale watching trip on July 19,2013. Overall, we were very happy. We did see Orcas, although not that close. (The smaller vessels were able to get a bit closer.) That's not the captain's fault; the whales just surface where they want to and law requires you keep a minimum of several hundred yards away from... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Great experience seeing and being educated about the wildlife on, in and around the islands. We did see Orcas but that's not all. The trip took us around several islands and out into the Strait of Juan de Fucua. Along the way, we learned a lot about the wildlife we viewed. Very knowledgable assistants. Great boat, safe, comfortable and warm.... More

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