After looking at all the websites on whale watch tours, we booked Island Adventures for an afternoon trip from Anacortes, WA. What a great decision that turned out to be! Before the trip I called and asked them a few questions about what to expect and they seemed very knowledgeable and were very pleasant to deal with. I booked the afternoon trip via the internet on the larger boat for the family. We have a 9 yr old and a 13 yr old so I really hoped we would see at least some whale action. We stayed in Seattle the night before took a leisurely drive to get to Anacortes for the afternoon trip. Check in is at their HQ and you then drive about a mile to the dock for boarding. The larger boat for us was the best way to go. It was roomy, plenty of seating, stable, a large indoor area to get away from the rain and cold (although we were in clear skies fro our trip) and a nice little lunch counter that serves hot dogs, chips, drinks, etc. Bring a sack lunch if you would rather have something else. We left the dock and headed for an area that was active with feeding whale pods earlier that day. About an hour into our 4 hr ride, we started seeing groups of whales breaching and feeding. This went on for nearly the entire ride. They have a guide on board to point out whales and she knew many of them by name. My kids loved it and even my wife, who is not really an outdoor person, wanted to go again in the future. It was well worth the time and money for us.
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