Outer Island Expeditions
Outer Island Expeditions
4.5
Boat ToursFishing Charters & ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingKayaking & Canoeing
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
30 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips. Our Small Fast Boats get you up-close and personal with the region's famous Orca Whales! We see whales on about 97% of our tours! Join us for a group trip or you can customize your own private charter and add fishing, kayaking, island hopping, and more.
Eastsound, Washington
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Miya Y
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did a salmon fishing boat charter and crabbing morning. The fish were literally jumping out of the water all morning and we were trying to land them in all morning; they fight hard and thr hooks are barb free so it’s not as easy as it seems.It was amazing and our Captain was great. We also learned how to drop crab pots and picked them up and took home the crabs that were big enough. We also got lucky and saw a minke whale.
Written August 8, 2023
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Emily Rez
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Awesome experience, the cpatain and wildlife expert were super knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We saw orcas within minutes of leaving shore and then we were able to see other wildlife before coming back and seeing the orcas one more time before docking. I already want to go back and do it again
Written January 7, 2020
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Thanks for letting us know about your awesome whale watching experience! We're always appreciate hearing great things about both the crew and the wildlife! We hope you come back soon!!
Written April 22, 2020
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APW
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We had an awesome time kayaking and whale watching. The guides went above and beyond to make it an exciting experience and point out all the different wildlife and islands. The staff is excellent- knowledgeable and treats their customers like family. You’ll receive the absolute best when planning a trip with these guys!
Written June 29, 2021
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vls510
Saint Louis, MO28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I wrote to the company first with no response:
To whom it may concern,
I'm writing in review of my recent sunset kayak tour. I could write a public review, but am preferring rather to address the disappointing evening directly to you.
First of all, when it comes to the kayak tour I do not recall it saying anywhere that we would be going in tandem kayaks. We booked for three people, so I (along with this other person) were forced to kayak together. Strangers. Completely undesirable circumstance to begin with, but when you add in the fact that it is Covid times, what company would put people who are NOT in the same party, together, in a close quarters kayak? My brother told me and I quote, 'I thought you were going to lose your sh@# on the guide.' Which I didn't because I'm not sure if it was the guide's decision or not and I certainly didn't want to make a scene.
Second, the tour was set to begin at 6:30p and we were asked to be there at 6p for check-in. There was some change in the departure point and a late party, so we weren't even near the kayaks until just before 7p. The guide was utterly stressed out, in a rush, had no idea what to do with paperwork and the experience was shortened to just about an hour on the water. The payment we make is for a kayak tour which is supposed to last between 2-3 hours. Why did we pay for a 2-3 hour tour and only get an hour?? The evening was lovely, so weather could not have been a contributing factor.
Sadly, my brother and his girlfriend had never been on a kayak tour and to say they would ever go on one again would be a far reach.
Written September 9, 2020
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Western Slopes
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We rented kayaks form Outer Islands and were given a kayak that broke down halfway, causing us to turn in circles. We were not given a spray skirt or helped to launch or beach the kayak. When we let the owner know, we were told that we must have broken the kayak. Incredibly rude and defensive.

We knew some folks that used Shearwater and had a much better experience, I’d recommend staying away from Outer Islands.
Written June 26, 2021
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Cynthia M
Issaquah, Washington, USA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
So, this should have been a slam dunk good review. Water Taxi ride out to Sucia for a large party who also rented kayaks and bikes for the day. Our group included locals who love the San Juan Islands and have been coming up for decades. Check-in was fine, though staff were surly. Ride out to Sucia uneventful but staff on the actual boat were helpful. However, pick up was an unmitigated disaster. The company left 15 people (3 separate families) out on Sucia Island with no plans to pick us up. For those who read this review, the Island is a large park with no services, ie food, services just hiking and camping sites with no way off and everything needing to be packed in. We had to call in to notify the company we were all left out there after over an hour waiting on the dock with no information. Staff were rude to the family who called and misrepresented that they had come to get us and that all 3 families missed our pick up time. It was a totally false - 2/3 families were sitting on the dock waiting. One family included young kids who were hungry, tired and exposed to the sun. Just totally and completely unacceptable with no apology other than an offer of one free tshirt for each group.
Written July 2, 2021
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Simpson2408
Denver, CO25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Would never wish this level of customer service on anyone. Snarky, rude and awful. Please consider significantly better options elsewhere. They stole our money and told us they would only take us if we gave them $40 more leaving us over $100 out and they said its not their responsibility. STRONGLY ADVISE DO NOT USE
Written April 8, 2021
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senssl
Bellingham, Washington124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We did the 3-hour kayak tour to Point Doughty from Smuggler's Villa. Our guide, Benson, was great. He was very knowledgable about the area and the wildlife. We saw lots of harbor seals, including babies. We were able to walk around on the point which had beautiful views. The kayaking was not difficult, even if one has never kayaked. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Written August 6, 2020
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WA_traveller57
Woodinville, WA535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Three different types of whales! Spent a wonderful 4 hour trip with Captain Drew and naturalists Dana and Talia. What a great day to see 3 kinds of whales… gray, manky and humpback. We also saw sea lions and at the end 2 bald eagles. The crew was friendly and very informative. You can tell they love what they do and are very knowledgeable. Highly recommend
Written May 25, 2021
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Hassab_ibn_Sabbah
Alamut16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Great trip! So why only 1 start? To bring attention to this matter:

On their website they state that fuel surcharge will apply only if price of the diesel is more than $5 per gallon. They were lying to my face saying that it's more, I've checked at marina and it was UNDER $4...then they used emotional blackmail saying something like "if you feel that trip was not worth extra $19 then you don't have to pay that" and at the end, none of the non groupon customers were charged the fee.
The captain (very nice guy, totally unaware of a scam and just doing what his boss told him to do) even said specificity "my boss said I have to collect fuel surcharge from GROUPON CUSTOMERS"! So he admitted by mistake that this is charged only to us!
It seems that this is not fuel surcharge, but "groupon surcharge", honestly if they don't want to sell it for reduce price who is forcing them to?

Once again trip was great, but I can't recommend company that has absolutely no ethics.
Written July 6, 2012
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