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Island Adventures

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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
+1 800-465-4604
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Excellent day!

We did a morning tour with Scott, Eric, and Tyson. Our group went out on the new Island Explorer 5... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nkitchens
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Westerville, Ohio
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Great trip, super comfortable boat

Had a great time with the crew of the IE5 new whale watching boat. Would highly recommend this trip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elan K
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We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour - but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! They boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 4100 days with the whales, and have led excursions for over 80,000 satisfied customers.
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a morning tour with Scott, Eric, and Tyson. Our group went out on the new Island Explorer 5. The staff was awesome and entertaining and the boat was spacious. There are restrooms, indoor seating, and a cafe on board. Prices were reasonable. We...More

Thank nkitchens
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking time to review your experience. It looks like you had a great tour with plenty of variety, and those humpbacks that were found on the way home were a great bonus find! We love showing our guests as much wildlife as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time with the crew of the IE5 new whale watching boat. Would highly recommend this trip for any nature lovers. The crew was really knowledgeable and friendly!

Thank Elan K
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Elan, Thanks for joining us on the new Island Explorer 5! It was great to have you join us.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on the Island Explorer boat 5. Brand new and wonderful accommodations! 3 staff members were excellent in their presentations.

Thank Naomi N
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Naomi, Thank you for joining us on the brand new Island Explorer 5! It was a pleasure to have you join us during her first season on the water!

Reviewed 1 week ago

As another reviewer said...We saw Orcas! We also saw harbor seals and steller sea lions. We were on Island Explorer 5, a very comfortable large catamaran. Our captain always kept us informed about what we were doing, where we were headed, and why. The on-board...More

Thank RBMBCO
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review your recent tour with us. We are quite happy with the new Island Explorer 5. She was built specifically for whale watching in this region and we couldn't be happier with how she turned out. I'm glad you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a "must do" experience whether you are a tourist or a visitor to the Northwest. The boat is beautiful, the crew is top notch, and the area this tour visits is amazing. The crew knows how to find whales, and we were lucky enough...More

Thank kathyw71
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Kathy, both for joining us and for reviewing your experience! The Pacific Northwest is by far one of the best places on the planet for whale watching. It sounds like you really lucked out with four different pods of orcas! Watching just one...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing time on our whale watching tour with Island Adventure! We had the opportunity to spend over an hour watching a pod of transient Orca whales as they fed and played. It was an awesome experience! We also saw a bald eagle,...More

Thank lovetotravel2014
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the to review your tour. There's really no place like the San Juan Islands to watch wildlife, especially when you're lucky enough to spend an hour watching orcas do what they do best! We appreciate your kind words!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Island Adventures did a great job finding us whales! We saw 4 different pods. Probably about 20 Orcas in all. We also saw Puffins, sea lions, seals...it was great. The crew was very knowledgable. We went out for the 3:30 tour...very cold but we had...More

Thank Stevi D
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Stevi, Thank you not only for joining us, but for taking time to review your experience. It sounds like you saw a great variety of wildlife! We are beyond thrilled with the newest vessel, the Island Explorer 5, and are happy to see that you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From booking to leaving at the end of the trip this group is a class act. When I called to ask about the difference in their trips, they were totally jazzed about how great their new boat was, so we booked their trip out of...More

Thank Kevin R
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kevin, Thank you so much for taking time to write about your recent tour on the Island Explorer 5. We appreciate your feedback and perhaps if there is an Island Explorer 6 in our future, we'll keep that in mind! We certainly agree that nothing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw humpback whales but not very close. I took photos and it's very hard to see the whales. You really need a great telephoto lens. We took the morning tour and the boat was very crowded. Even though they explicitly say you must be...More

Thank Boopers
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to review your recent experience. It's very important to us to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines when viewing whales. All vessels from catamarans to zodiacs, sailboats to kayaks, must follow the same regulations. It is a common misconception...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whale watching is one of our favorite things to do and we have been on a lot of whale watching trips. This was our 2nd time with this company and this time we were fortunate enough to be on the brand new boat...Island Adventure 5...and...More

Thank GStrange
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to write about your recent tour. We enjoy feedback from all of our guests, but it's especially nice to hear from visitors that are frequent whale watchers. The new vessel was designed specifically for whale-watching in the Salish Sea and...More

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Jvierling
22 June 2017|
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Response from Bill B | Reviewed this property |
double check with Island Adventures but they used to have two cruises one in the morning one in the afternoon it does take several hours though
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jkraker
19 July 2016|
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Response from Kat S | Reviewed this property |
I don't tend to be seasick, but the boat was fairly steady and the waters pretty calm. I didn't notice anyone having any problems.
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Jacqueline L
9 April 2016|
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Response from srac573 | Reviewed this property |
Boats are only allowed within so many feet of animals...but by watching the swim path...the crew can often put themselves in a position to allow them to get closer with the engine off. As a passenger...I was very impressed... More
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