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“Whale watching in Orcas Island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orcas Island Eclipse Charters

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
Type: Tours
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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.
st louis mo
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“Whale watching in Orcas Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was a winner! We chose this excursion based on on-line reviews and we were really glad that we went with this company. There are several others on the island, but this boat is piloted by the owner who has been doing this in this area for more than 20 years. In looking at other options I got the idea that they were staffed by young inexperienced guides just looking to make some quick money.

Dan, the captain and his wife, Denise, who own the boat, are very safety conscious and the boat was completely comfortable. They even provide binoculars, and rain gear for everyone! They are also very involved in conservation and obviously in tune with the wildlife of the area, providing two knowledgeable naturalists on the trip. Although of course it is never a guarantee, we saw TONS of whales on our trip along with eagles and other wildlife. I would definitely do this again and with this company!

Visited September 2012
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“Educational and exciting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We have been on a number of trips whale-watching, but this is the first time we were accompanied by two naturalists who helped us truly understand what Orcas are all about, and explained the research going on at the University of Washington including the use of dogs to hunt for Orcas.
Imagine our surprise when we saw an article on the front page of the New York Times this week, days after taking this trip, explaining Buster, the research dog's role, in Orcas research!
We found the boat's captain informative, and thoughtful, in divining where the Orcas might be traveling, so we got to experience some wonderful sightings.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Three Teachers love this charter.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

My friends and I have been out on this boat more than thirty times in the last several years. The naturalists, Deb, Mary, Kathy and others are exceptionally skilled and very kind to the passengers. We now count them as personal friends. Captain Dan and his wife Denise always look to give the people on the boat the best experience they can possibly have. The boat itself is clean and well kept, has great stabilizers and even I have never have been seasick. Dan is an extraordinary captain, and has lots of information about the islands. . So if you want to go on a whale watch, choose Orcas Island Eclipse charters at the bottom of the ferry landing on Orcas. You don't have to bring a car. Even if the whales are on vacation (out to sea) you will enjoy your trip. All thumbs up from the Three Teachers and their friends.

Visited August 2012
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“Eclipse Charters Rocks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

What a helpful, friendly, family company....and they know where the whales are too! The first part of July saw me and many friends up on Orcas for a wedding. Denise helped our group arrange for a special outing to spot whales. We were THOROUGHLY 100% PLEASED with the wonderful tour provided by Captain Dan and the naturalists on board. (I think we had Donna, and a great young man (Taylor? Martin?) who had been inspired by Free Willy to work with whales.) The boat was clean, had a nice snack bar, and was beyond comfortable. Set sail with Eclipse Charters for a wonderful day and fantastic memories of whales in the beautiful Pacific NW! Thanks again to Eclipse for a super adventure.

Visited July 2012
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Bothell, Washington, United States
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“Use this company if you want to see whales!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My sister and I used this company because of a half off Groupon. It's not exactly cheap, but my sister tells everyone it's the best money she ever spent. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and very willing to answer even somewhat silly questions. The boat is nicely maintained, with an indoor seating area with large windows in addition to a large upper deck. We saw over 40 whales that day, along with many seals and bald eagles. My tip of advice would be to make sure to bring cash for the snack bar and to tip the great guides. What a great company!

Visited August 2012
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