After doing some initial research I called Eclipse charters the day before looking for a trip for several of my friends and myself; we were all in Seattle, WA. It is a day trip no matter who you use if you are in Seattle. If you leave from Seattle it is most likely you will find the trips harder to find space unless you plan very early. You will also find the boat to be very large with Lots of people, maybe as many as 200 My friends backed out on the plans, I decided to go anyway. I called and made the reservation the night before. After speaking with Denise from Eclipse charters I decided to travel by car to Anacortes and park there, following their recommendations I took the Ferry to Orcas Island by foot and met the charter right at the ferry. Don't make my mistake, the ticket is round trip for a little over $12, I bought another on the way back not realizing you didn't need it. The Ferry system is not the most informative. Do note it is the same for car as well.
I was very pleased to see the boat has great room and ways to view the whales with both front bow room and overhead observation deck. That was a true blessing.
This trip is more like a personal charter, small groups of people with a total of count of maybe around 25. This made moving around very pleasant and great conversations with peole form all over the world.
We went out and had ample time watching numerous whales thought the time. Captain Dan and crew where fantastic, they make you feel very comfortable and are very informative. I can not tell you how many sightings we had as there were so many you lose count. Be sure to bring a nice camera or video camera if you want to capture the experience. It is well worth it. Do note they provide Binoculars that are okay for Bird Watching, we saw Eagles and Stellar Sea Lions as well.
Awesome Trip! Great Job Captain Dan and Denise.
Well worth the trip and I will be back again with my wife next year!
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