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Deer Harbor Charters

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Address: Orcas Island, WA
Phone Number: +1 360-376-5989
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known...

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 from Rosario Resort and Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Our boats provide and excellent viewing platform for an experience you will never forget. Our captains and naturalists are island residents and trained at what they do.

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Afternoon Sail!

We had a delightful sail with Bruce around East Sound. He is an extremely experience sailor, and had lots of knowledge and adventures to share. He allowed people to help as much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Becky F
Denison, Texas
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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a delightful sail with Bruce around East Sound. He is an extremely experience sailor, and had lots of knowledge and adventures to share. He allowed people to help as much as they wanted and was very patient with kids and adults alike. He made the most of the wind available and provided for a very pleasant afternoon. I... More 

Thank Becky F
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We use Deer Harbor Charters to get to our property on Waldron Island. They are very professional, experienced boat drivers and very reasonably priced. I will only use Deer Harbor Charters from now on.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice boat ride on a beautiful day. Spent almost 1.5 hours to go from deer Harbor to west San Juan to see 2 Orcas that we followed for 30 minutes. Then back to port...stopped for 5 minutes to see some Stellar Sea Lions. Nice to see the resident Orcas up close and we were fortunate it was a great day... More 

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East Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this tour because we were renting a home in Deer Harbor. Easy to find, left on time, comfortable boat (inside and out). They tried to find a humpback that had been spotted earlier but could not locate it so we went around to the west side of San Juan Island and saw several orcas. None really close to... More 

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Deer Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've gone out with Deer Harbor Charters about 6 times over the years. I have always had the time of my life! Every single time there are whales to watch, and it's fantastic.Natalie has been a guide for 20 years and knows the story of each of the whales and throughout the trip shares her storehouse of knowledge. If you... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to go whale watching. No one can never expect to see wildlife especially Orca's or other whales which we did not on this trip. The charter cruised throughout the San Juan Islands for about 3 hours looking. We did see a lot of eagles, some deer and a ram also some dolphin. The sightseeing part was good as well.... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've never seen a whale in my life and the first time I saw one was really special because the whales were hunting. It was so cool and our guides were AMAZING. They always had cool facts about the Wales always made sure we could see the whales perfectly. Not only did I see probably the coolest thing I'll ever... More 

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albany ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to book with Deer Harbor once I saw that our boat could only fit 16 people. The smaller the better,min my opinion! The Paligic hailed from Maine and was the perfect boat for the expedition. Bill the captain and Trea the naturalist were wonderful. Trea's knowledge of the us,ands and local marine life were both interesting and educational!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An exciting day with many pods and lots of orca activity. Captain Tom's navigation and Naturalist Trea's narration were excellent.

Thank Cal M
Carbondale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Another great experience with Deer Harbor tours. The boat was the Pelagic, which is/was a lobster boat. Very steady in the water, with a nice smooth ride. The captain knew where the pod of whales was via radio contact with other boats, so we went about an hour away to see them. I have never seen so many individual whales,... More 

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