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Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

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Address: POB 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280
Phone Number: 360-376-6566
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

We depart at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock for Whale Watching and Light...

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.

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Liked so much we did 2 days in a row

We didn't see whales the 1st time, but thoroughly enjoyed Captain Dan & the naturalists on this charter, so we decided to go again the next day, and Captain Dan went the extra... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
New Braunfels, TX
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New Braunfels, TX
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't see whales the 1st time, but thoroughly enjoyed Captain Dan & the naturalists on this charter, so we decided to go again the next day, and Captain Dan went the extra mile (literally) to turn around and go to an area where orcas had been spotted. We saw bald eagles, sea lions, and enjoyed the friendly, knowledgeable naturalists.... More 

Thank curlyaggie
Bellingham. WA
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Great Skipper and Naturalist's (TWO) on board the day we went and it really could not have been better. Saw many species of animals including whales, seals, dolphin and porpoise, but the best part was the crew and the way they handled the guests. Well done!

Thank TUSKbellingham
Puyallup, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Another tremendous day of Orca watching with Captain Dan and his crew Kathy and Deb. The most knowledgeable crew of any outfit I have traveled with to see the whales in Puget Sound. Their Orca Express boat is clean, powerful and is one of the best set ups to view the marine life. You won't find a more friendly whale... More 

Thank Michael M
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

My boyfriend and I spontaneously decided to go on this excursion in Washington and we had so much fun and regret nothing. We went on October 4 and thought it could be a bust. But boy were we wrong. We saw a dozen (or so) killer whales, lots of porpoises, harbour seals, and stellar seals! Omg was it amazing! We... More 

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Portland, OR USA
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54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Love when tour operators keep their promises and deliver a high quality experience. These guys delivered in every way. First of all, you are never guaranteed to see whales on these trips. It's nature and it's unpredictable. That said.... We saw loads of Orcas! The captain and the naturist were excellent. Professional, courteous, informative. The captain knew exactly where to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Very good job explaining and answering questions. Incredibly knowledgable and approachable guides. There weren't too many on the boat either - very comfortable and possible to get right up to the wildlife without crowds blocking your views. Highly recommend

Thank lindseymh01
Lake Forest, California
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98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Sept 11, 2015 we woke up with not much to do since we were able to do a whole lot the day before. At breakfast we met a couple who were on the boat the day before. I called and spoke with Denise, who is the owner/operator. Very nice lady. She gave me the internet special rate since we were... More 

Thank BRubin510
Cape Coral, Florida
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters is a great company to take a whale watching tour with. Captain Bill and naturalist Deb were very friendly, knowledgeable and capable. The boat leaves from a dock at the Orcas Island Ferry landing. The boat is spacious, very stable with comfortable, padded seats in the cabin. You are assigned a seat when you board, which... More 

Thank floridagal2015
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I visisted here about 10 years ago and am now just leaving a review. It won't allow me to select the date that far back. I was with my son, parents, and sister. It was the best ever experience in life. It is hard to explain how close you can actually get to the whales safely and for their protection... More 

Thank Julie H
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My husband and I loved this tour. We were lucky enough to call the day off and get on an afternoon tour. We saw just about 40 whales and were able to follow them from one island to another. The boat had jackets which was great for when I got a little chilly. The captain and crew were fantastic!!

Thank Alicia W

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