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Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

Address: POB 353, Orcas Island, WA 98280
Phone Number: 360-376-6566
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Ranked #3 of 20 Activities in Orcas Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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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.

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My husband and I were fortunate to take a tour with Eclipse Charters at a time when a super pod gathered. The skipper turned off the engine and came up on deck to enjoy the many orcas swimming and cavorting around us. He did warn us that not every trip out had this great a showing of whales but one... More

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Moscow, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I can't recommend Eclipse Charters enough...their naturalists are super knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly...Captain Craig was GREAT about finding just the right spot for us to see orcas...it was the BEST part of our trip!!!!!!! :D

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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Great whale watching experience. Peter "The Captain" was informative and did a great job finding and getting us close to the whales as well as some of the other sea life available to be seen. Mary was incredibly informative about the different pods and how the Orcas live with one and other. In addition, our ferry was about 10 minutes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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