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Deer Harbor Charters

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Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Hilight of our off-season weekend

By far the hilight of our trip to Orcas Island. Even in off-season, it's clear the team works... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Rebecca C
via mobile
Delightful afternoon

A beautiful fall day for whale watching! The captain and naturalist were very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Jeanie H
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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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  • Terrible1%
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Orcas Island, WA
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

By far the hilight of our trip to Orcas Island. Even in off-season, it's clear the team works together in order to best introduce such magnificent creatures. Thank you, Deer Harbor!

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 5 October 2017

A beautiful fall day for whale watching! The captain and naturalist were very knowledgeable and passionate about whale watching! We were not disappointed and followed a whale for sometime. Sea lions were also sighted.

Thank Jeanie H
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We heard about Deer Harbor Charters from a couple at the bar of the resort we were staying at, and really didn't think anything of it at the time. The day after speaking with the couple we had a charter scheduled with a different company...More

Thank btomlinson504
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This was just awesome. The guide vendor told my husband that the orcas were so visible today that they were doing another trip. We decided to go and with only 12 people on boat with captain and naturalist, we had a ball. Captain found the...More

Thank PepperJack14
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We booked with Deer Harbor Charters because I had been on one of their tours 17 yrs ago and had a great time. We went on the smaller boat with only 9 of us on a Sunday morning tour. It was just right and a...More

Thank mynameisD
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We took a whale watching trip out of Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. We were lucky enough to have great weather and see three pods of transient orcas. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The staff (captain and naturalist) were incredibly knowledgable...More

Thank Mauricio G
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We departed out of Rosario Resort (another remarkable Orcas Island experience): Cptn. Bill and Naturalist Trey were wonderful and informative hosts. We encountered 2 Pods, and we were even treated to a "Spy Hop." Plenty of sea lions, harbor seals and eagle sightings augmented the...More

Thank Hevy G
Reviewed 22 August 2017

I chose to go with Deer Harbor based on reviews in trip advisor. I was so happy with the naturalist and boat captains that I booked whale watching tours two times during the 4 days I was in the San Juan Islands. I cannot recommend...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We had an amazing time on a whale watch cruise (4 hours at noon) with Deer Harbor Charters! We saw a pod of sleeping orcas (5 or 6 of them)! The ride was smooth and the captain and guide were very knowledgable and entertaining. Overall...More

Thank Y4382EYdanc
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I went on the boat thinking I would see the whales once or twice but was totally amazed how many times we saw the whales before we returned to shore. The naturalist was knowledgeable and attentive to answering all the group's questions. It was a...More

Thank bsrosenthal1
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Questions & Answers
30 October 2017|
Response from Mkdkay | Reviewed this property |
I’d assume it would be colder in February. You could look up the weather averages then. As for your other question. I found this for you. San Juan Island (90 miles north of Seattle) is the best place for orca whale... More
22 June 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.
Ken K
4 January 2015|
Response from deerharborcharters |
Mid April is still considered the off season. We do see whales occasionally that time of year but not as consistent as the months from May to October. April is a great month though with lots of other wildlife sightings... More