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Deer Harbor Charters

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Open Now: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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We saw Orcas and Humpbacks!

Thank you Trey and Tom for making our whale watching tour so wonderful! You gave us some great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Spokane, Washington
via mobile
Spectacular Experience

We really enjoyed our whale watching excursion with Deer Harbor charters. We brought our toddler... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pamela W
Portland, Oregon
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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, making it the longest operating whale watching company in the San Juan Islands. We are the exclusive whale watch company operating...more
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Orcas Island, WA
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thank you Trey and Tom for making our whale watching tour so wonderful! You gave us some great memories for honeymoon that we will never forget. I appreciated that you kept your distance from the majestic animals and let us watch them in their natural...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our whale watching excursion with Deer Harbor charters. We brought our toddler and our 3 month old along on the trip, and we were so comfortable the whole time. Our captain and tour guide were both very warm and welcoming and informative....More

Thank Pamela W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a two hour sailing trip out of Rosario Resort Marina. We had a wonderful relaxing time with our captain, Bruce, happily sharing his knowledge and insights about sailing and information about the surrounding area. He also let may daughter help with sailing...More

Thank Debra M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great trip! This is a local family-owned company. We saw humpback and orca whales, Sea lion feeding on a halibut, and sea otters. Trey and Bill are a fabulous team and have a lifelong passion for the ocean, environment, and marine biology. This...More

Thank BTO2012
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time! The boat is comfortable, the captain and naturalist were very knowledgeable and communicative. Their passion for these animals really came through. We saw 6 orca whales as well as seals, eagles, and other wildlife. We also learned some of the...More

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a lovely afternoon out on the water. The excursion is a family run business native to Orcas Island and the naturalist on board has been working the tours for 20 years. What experience and dedication. Their knowledge and care and concern for the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a very informative three and a half hours on a cool, cloudy Saturday and were happy to see two orcas (from quite a distance) and two humpbacks (which are rather new to the San Juan islands). We spent a total of one hour...More

Thank Seattlebeachlover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent afternoon boating around the islands. We saw two Orca whales, several seals, several porpoises and a bald eagle. The crew was very seasoned and well informed about the local area and the wildlife. Trey, our guide, is a marine biologist and...More

Thank StephaniaMF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw both Orcas and a Humpback mother and calf. The staff were really friendly and Natalie was so enthusiastic and informative. Was a pleasure.

Thank highlander072014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things about Deer Harbor Whale watching. We had a family reunion on Orcas Island with a range of people from 2 - 67. Our group even included a special needs 5 year old. Every single one of us experienced whale...More

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Jenifer R
June 19, 2018|
Response from Elizabeth M | Reviewed this property |
You will have to go to their site to see availability
October 29, 2017|
Response from Mkdkay | Reviewed this property |
I’d assume it would be colder in February. You could look up the weather averages then. As for your other question. I found this for you. San Juan Island (90 miles north of Seattle) is the best place for orca whale... More
June 21, 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.