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“Orcas, Orcas, and More Orcas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mystic Sea Charters

Mystic Sea Charters
710 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, WA
+1 800-308-9387
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Ranked #4 of 10 activities in Anacortes
Type: Tours
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Owner description: The 100' Mystic Sea offers cruises through the beautiful San Juan Islands. WHALE WATCHING TOURS for your family, weddings, corporate events, parties, and more!
Santa Rosa, California, United States
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“Orcas, Orcas, and More Orcas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A most awesome reunion with Puget Sound. Perfect weather, gracious hosts, great sites and many Orcas. Returning to Washington for a reunion, I wanted to spend some time on the water and this was a perfect way to do it. 5 hours plus on a big comfortable boat, looking for orcas was
the goal of the trip, but the sites of Puget Sound was what I was after. I really appreciated that and additionally saw dozens of orcas in good company.

Visited September 2013
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“We saw whales!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

We had a beautiful day for our whale watching tour. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Leaving out of Anacortes was great; no ferries to hassle with and we left late enough that coming from Seattle didn't require an over night stay. We had at least 6 hours on the boat, most of which we spent on the deck. Of course if you get cold you can warm up inside and grab a snack. The facilities were small but clean. We saw harbor seals, fish, porpoises, all types of birds, Minke whale and the stars of the show, nearly 40 Orca Whales. We were told there were 3 different pods (I believe J, K & L). We saw them breaching completely out of the water and smacking into the water with a huge splash . A few times they swam under our boat and we got to see two of them feeding, proudly displaying the fish they caught when popping their heads out of the water.
The naturalist and captain were quick to point out any points of interest and nature at its best.
We loved this trip and saw much more than we imagined. The only complaint was the mic and speaker system could be louder.
I would recommend this tour for anyone at any age.

Visited September 2013
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Anacortes, Washington
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“Whales!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

As we approached the boat from the dock, the Mystic Sea stood, underwhelming at best, in the shadows of its local competition. We shimmied past the long line for the "other" boat, and settled ourselves onto our uncrowded, welcoming, and friendly vessel. We were greeted with smiles and laughs by the captain and the first mate, and though the boat's shabby exterior wasn't going to turn any heads, we new we were going to have a good time.

The communal seating environment provokes friendly conversation with fellow whale seekers, and the first mate made a point to walk around and talk to every body as we headed out to sea. Both her and the capt kept us informed along the way, pointing out natural wonders and hidden gems, from familiar fidalgo bay and beyond.

I was joking around with the crew that my partner notoriously is bad luck. Every time we had set out to see whales previously in this area had been a bust. And then I couldn't help but notice that the "other" boat headed south, when we went north out of the San Juans. I was worried.....

But captain Kent clearly was in the know. Before long we came upon a gaggle of transient orcas in the midst of a kill! They were breaching, tail slapping, making so much commotion. It was epic! We followed them in their frenzy for a good hour or so before we noticed the "other" boat had finally found their way to our good fortune. Too bad for those whale seekers, the finale seemed to occur just as they arrived.

All in all, we are so glad we chose Mystic Sea Charters! Truly an adventure to remember that did not disappoint. Captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable, and the casual, warm-hearted, unpretentious environment made it feel like a day out with family and friends.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I found this group online. Their costs were comparable and for the most part a better value than other groups. There is no need for a ferry ride in addition to the boat tour. Our trip was about 5 hrs long and we were fortunate to see a humpback whale, minke whale, stellar sea lions, porpoises, seals and other similar wildlife. The weather and views only accented this beautiful trip. The crew were approachable and made the trip informative and fun.

Visited September 2013
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Kelso, Washington
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“Best in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is the charter to take, best there is. We saw Minke Whales, Humpback Whale, Harbor Porpoise, Steller Sea Lion, Many species of birds, showed us a little of the islands. Simply amazing.

Visited September 2013
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