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    This Anacortes whale watching tour departs from Skyline Marina and cruises out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. Great pride is taken in this fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups - never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish fleet are the fastest in the region: the newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first marine ambulance in Washington state.
    On this Anacortes tour you will often pass by local landmarks including Cattle Pass Lighthouse, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, Deception Pass Bridge, Patos Island Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca. While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, search for orcas, humpbacks, grays, and more. You may encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well. You will most likely see bald eagles, and frequently see common murres, black oystercatchers, rhinoceros auklets, surf scoters, ancient murrelets, and many diverse marine species. Occasionally you will find tufted puffins and even endangered marbled murrelets. Seasonally, hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.
    You are guaranteed whale sightings on tours from April through early September. In 2015 there was a 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours. We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between.
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    All reviews captain dave great trip sea lions whale watching saw orcas the entire trip knowledgeable crew an extra hour black fish dress in layers super fun pods of orcas amazing animals snacks and drinks see whales washington state answer any questions
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    Reviewed yesterday

    What a fabulous afternoon! I was skeptical about seeing anything, but I thought it was impressive that all the different companies were talking about where they were finding the whales. We not only saw whales, we saw two different kinds, plus porpoises, a puffin, sea...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Katherine H
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    What a day with a great Captain and crew! Saw two different groups of Orcas, out in the open and close to the bank hunting. What an intimate experience. Also saw a Big grey whale right next to the boat that came up several times...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Stremblay9
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    I want whale watching on the Orcas Express Monday August 19th. The crew including Drew, Jim, Aubrey, and Alex were great. They were informative, funny, and very accommodating. Within 10-15 minutes, we spotted whales. It was a great day watching a group of orcas just...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Lynn W
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    We saw humpback whales, orcas, the rare minke whale, sea lions, seals and a very rare sea otter. The crew of Matt, Brook and Aubrey was fabulous, knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable! Not to mention some breath-taking views.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank cubgal7
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    We had the opportunity to see Killer orcas, humpback and minke whales. There were also several birds, sea lions, seals, and a sea otter! Staff and captain were friendly and knowledgeable. Recommend bringing layers to dress as it can get cold😃. Thanks for the fantastic...More

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    Response from mgordon1701 | Reviewed this property |
    I’m not sure about that. I would give them a call :)
    10 February 2019|
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    Response from Chrisinkingwood2 | Reviewed this property |
    There really isn't a good option for public transport and I think a taxi or Uber would be quite expensive. Perhaps you could rent a car, usually economy models are cheaper although quite small but if you only need it for the... More
    18 January 2019|
    Response from Chrisinkingwood2 | Reviewed this property |
    My understanding is that the Anacortes to Friday Harbor ferry is a 2 hour trip but I am confused as to why you post that here at the Anacortes Whale Watching tour page. Are you planning a whale watching tour from Friday... More
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