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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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Fantastic day on the water

We did a bird trip out of Bellingham and this whale watching trip out of Anacortes. We saw more... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
BirdNerdMaine
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Maine
via mobile
Great views and photo ops

We took the cruise to Deception Pass and had a wonderful experience. While we didn't see a lot of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JPMama
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Lynden, Washington
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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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  • Very good8%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“whale watching” (149 reviews)
“harbor seals” (72 reviews)
“captain carl” (22 reviews)
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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+1 800-465-4604
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did a bird trip out of Bellingham and this whale watching trip out of Anacortes. We saw more wildlife on the Bellingham cruise, but it was 2 hours longer and the focus was on birds. We did see orca on that trip, but according...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts! I particularly appreciate the feedback about pointing out more bird life. Our naturalists come from varied backgrounds ranging from historians to marine mammal experts to bird researchers. While each tour may provide something a bit different,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the cruise to Deception Pass and had a wonderful experience. While we didn't see a lot of wildlife, the naturalist on board was very personable and knowledgeable about what we did see. The views were excellent and we captured some great photos. Overall,...More

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

Thanks for joining us! The 2.5-hour La Conner cruise is a great way to unwind on the water and gives the rare opportunity to sail under the iconic Deception Pass bridge. While not a whale watching tour, we do see birds, seals, and other local...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for a just wonderful whalewatching trip yesterday July 5th at 4 PM. We (a family of 5 from Denmark visiting friends in Seattle and travelling the North West) really enjoyed the trip, the beautiful sea and landscape and all the amazing wildlife that...More

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

Thanks for joining us! Regarding the photos, if you haven't already, please contact our office and we can arrange that for you. The photos from each tour are available for purchase onboard but we keep copies from each trip in the event that guests would...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a most excellent day. Easy to find driving from Seattle. We booked online which was an easy experience. The boat was new. Fantastic facilities with all the latest safety equipment and more. There was both inside and outside seating. Catering (credit card only)...More

1  Thank Roger W
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks or joining us Roger! We are so thrilled with the new Island Explorer 5 from Anacortes! We of course love all of our boats but that one is really special. We appreciate you taking time to write about your experience!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A last minute decision to do the tour. Staff were all helpful and friendly starting with the check in at the shop to the crew on the boat! Took us awhile to find a pod of orcas. The captain took us into Canada to see...More

Thank jennifermV4303SK
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad you were able to join us last minute! Some tours take us farther than others, but we're always willing to go the distance if it means a great whale sighting! And great advice about wearing layers - even in the summer it gets...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did so much whale watching and so little whale searching. The captain explained that all the whale watching vessels communicate with each other to share locations of whales. We spent almost the entire time looking at whales. We drove out for about 1/2 hour...More

Thank j0nese19
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking time to write about your tour! Every day is different, but it's always fun to find whales so close to home! We place the highest priority on being respectful of any wildlife that we encounter on our tours by...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this whale cruise on June 21st with the help of Matt, a kind and accommodating staff member. We saw several glimpses of Orca whales and harbor seals - I will never forget this experience! Matt, thanks so much for re-booking our trip to...More

1  Thank Arnold S
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Arnold, Thanks for sharing your experience! We work very hard to make sure that all aspects of the tour, including the reservation and planning processes, go smoothly and we're happy to hear that was true for you and your family! Thank you for choosing Island...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great crew and vessel. Had an amazing day. Saw lots of Orcas. Great nature explanations. It was well worth it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend Island Adventures. The staff was great and the tour was amazing. The boat was very nice and comfortable. They have food and drinks to buy on board. And we saw whales. They give a very thorough tour and are always on the...More

Thank Wesley B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very organised and friendly crew, a nice new boat that was very comfortable with food and beverages available. It took a while to find some Orca's but the crew kept up the search and we got to see a number of different pods of Whales,...More

Thank MahaloGreg
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us! We never mind taking a little extra time if it means seeing something great! We appreciate you taking time to share your experience with others!

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madieshopper
27 June 2018|
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Yes. Plenty of parking
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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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