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We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour...more
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

We went out on Sat November 3, 2018. It was raining the whole time and kind of breezy. The first part of the tour most people stayed in the heated cabin until we were told we were approaching a pod. Then everyone poured out onto...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2018

Heidi, Thanks for your detailed review! Your photography tips are great. One of the reasons we love our boats is that they are large, stable, and raised high off the water, allowing for excellent wildlife photography. We're glad you joined us!

Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

This was my 3rd whale watching experience, having done one in New England and one in Juneau. Wildlife is always unpredictable, and I was fortunate to see a humpback breech before, however my 6 year old really wanted to see whales. After looking at a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Amy, What a thoughtful review. We never mind going the distance if it means creating an extra special experience for our guests. We're glad we were able to make your tour so memorable. We'll pass your comments on to your crew!

Reviewed October 20, 2018

We took the whale watching cruise out of Port Angeles and couldn't have been happier. We saw a family of Orcas as well as Humpbacks. The captain and crew made sure to find whales and when we did, it was breathtaking!

Date of experience: October 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Jessica, So glad you were able to join us! Seeing both orcas and humpbacks on the same tour is a real treat. Pleasure having you aboard!

Reviewed October 16, 2018

Came across Island Adventures totally by accident; the Gods were smiling on us. We travelled from the UK to take an Alaskan cruise out of Seattle and decided to spend a week in Seattle first to include a whale watching trip. We set off for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Sometimes the very best adventures are the ones you undertake at the last moment! We're glad the stars aligned and that you were able to join us on such a special tour. It was a pleasure having you aboard!

Reviewed October 13, 2018

We've seen humpbacks on whale watching tours along the Atlantic, but never orca's, so that was the reason we chose this tour. We drove the long way from our timeshare in Glacier to Anacortes and managed to get there nice and early on a day...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thanks for taking time to review your tour. We're glad we were able to make your dream of seeing orcas in the wild a reality!

Reviewed October 4, 2018

We did the four hour trip out of Anacortes in September. It was lovely. There is more than enough room on the boat for everyone. You can sit or stand outside comfortably or stay warm inside. We followed the J-pod for quite a while at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Great to have you aboard! We make viewing the whales responsibly our highest priority and it's always nice when that is not only noticed, but appreciated. Thank you for joining us.

Reviewed October 3, 2018

If you're debating between Island Adventures and another whale watching company, stop debating and choose Island Adventures now! My husband and I spent 5 days around Seattle sight seeing and vacationing and whale watching was by far our favorite activity! The staff with Island Adventures...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Rachel, Thank you for that glowing review! From your description, it sounds like you were on the recent tour that took us farther west than we've ever been before aboard the Island Explorer 5! It was a long run but certainly well worth it. We...More

Reviewed September 30, 2018

I’m a local and had never been on a whale watching trip. This trip was a birthday present. The ship was clean and comfortable and the crew was amazing. It was a gorgeous day and we ended up seeing a Bull Sea Lion, Harbor Seals,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2018

Thanks for reviewing your tour! You are correct, that's one of the farthest tours we've had all season, but it was well worth it for a double-header with both orcas and a humpback! We'll pass your comments on to your crew and let them know...More

Reviewed September 25, 2018

This was an amazing experience. Weather forecast 90% rain, but God answered our prayers and the sun came out and and not a drop of rain all day. The crew was amazing, the scenery is breathtaking, and the wildlife perfect in every respect. The Explorer...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

Thanks for taking time to write about your experience! Sounds like you really lucked out with the weather. We take a lot of pride in our cafe menu and like to feature local favorites like Ivar's clam chowder and Beecher's mac and cheese. We're glad...More

Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Spent 9/10/2018 whale watching and it exceeded our expectations. We saw lots of Orcas but no other types of whales which was ok because orcas were the reasons for our trip. Great crew. I will highly recommend it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2018

Mike, Thanks for joining us! Glad we were able to exceed your expectations and find you the orcas you hoped for!

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madieshopper
June 26, 2018|
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Yes. Plenty of parking
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June 21, 2017|
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Response from billbT2365XX | Reviewed this property |
double check with Island Adventures but they used to have two cruises one in the morning one in the afternoon it does take several hours though
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jkraker
July 18, 2016|
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Response from KatS965 | Reviewed this property |
I don't tend to be seasick, but the boat was fairly steady and the waters pretty calm. I didn't notice anyone having any problems.
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