Our party of 5 contacted Outer Island Expeditions to book a sunset whale watching cruise. Before booking, Joe (the captain with whom I was speaking) informed us that we wouldn't see any orcas that evening as they had left the waters a few days before and would not be back in time. Although we were disappointed to hear that since we had all hoped to view the orcas, we appreciated Joe's honesty and decided to book the cruise anyway. We were so glad we did! Joe, who was our captain and naturalist for the cruise, and Damien (who I believe was another captain and naturalist) were a great team. They were friendly, funny, and quite informative. Although they tried their best to seek out whales, none were sighted. However, we thoroughly enjoyed cruising around the San Juan and Gulf (Canada) Islands, viewing Mt. Baker in the evening light, seeing many seals and bald eagles, getting wonderful views of the Patos Island lighthouse at sunset, and watching the full moon rise over the San Juans. The trip was quite magical, with so many lovely shades of blue and pink in the evening light. True to the company's word and their guarantee, we all received vouchers for a free cruise since we hadn't seen any whales. I called the following day to check on whale sightings as that would be our last day on the island. Beau (the owner) informed me that a humpback whale had been spotted and he was very accommodating, stating he would reserve spaces for us and not sell them to other customers. We took another sunset cruise that evening, again with Joe, and were not disappointed. The new, fast boats that this company uses enabled us to reach the humpback whale quickly and have more time to spend viewing the magnificent creature swimming around, spouting, and showing his tale. Joe was quite passionate about his desire to educate the public about whales in order to better protect them. In addition to the whale, we also saw eagles, a sea lion posing on a giant rock at sunset, lots of seals - including a new-born pup, along with a spectacular sunset, moonrise, and views of Mt. Baker. Both cruises were wonderful and we were very pleased with the integrity of the company and their willingness to accommodate us.