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Island Adventures

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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Island Adventures is Top notch!

What a Great Experience! The entire staff: Captain Scott, Naturalists Sam & Claire, and galley... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kris M
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Seattle, Washington
Not enough adjectives to describe...yet another 5 star review!

I am a tour operator based in Orlando, FL. I recently had the privilege of touring a high school... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
OKGuy13
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Orlando, Florida
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  • Average3%
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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...more
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a Great Experience! The entire staff: Captain Scott, Naturalists Sam & Claire, and galley staff Eric & Naomi worked so well together to make sure everyone was well taken care of. Sam, Claire and Scott shared the air time effectively to keep us very...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a tour operator based in Orlando, FL. I recently had the privilege of touring a high school group from Oklahoma and we decided to add a whale watch day to our itinerary. After some research, I discovered Island Adventures and started setting up...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed review of your experience. No doubt this will all be very helpful for those looking to plan a tour with us. It was a pleasure having your (large) group aboard. It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband surprised me with the full-day trip out of La Conner the last weekend in April and it was AMAZING. Tyler and the crew were super fun and knowledgeable and we absolutely loved the experience. There were maybe 12 passengers in total, the boat...More

Thank Jessica G
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Jessica, Thank you so much for joining us from La Conner! These full-day tours from La Conner are a newer offering for us and we are so pleased with the quality of these trips. The smaller group sizes and extended time on the water allow...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw a lot of whales. It was worth making the trip. The crew was fantastic and was very informative

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

Cheryl, Thanks so much for taking time to review your tour! We will pass your review on to the rest of our staff!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have gone on several trips with Island Adventures. Their boats are comfortable and well-equipped; staff friendly and knowledgable. They make every effort to give you a great experience on the water. They gaurantee you will see whales, if not your next trip is free!More

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

Coni, We so appreciate your loyalty to Island Adventures. We work very hard to ensure that guests that first choose us continue to choose us year after year for their whale watching adventures! We hope you see something new and fun each time and look...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always talked about a whale watching trip and finally this was it. We boarded the Island Explorer 5 and were immediately impressed. This cruiser is only a year old and pristine. All the amenities you could want, large washroom(very clean), yummy lunch (chowder in...More

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

Thanks for choosing Island Adventures for your first whale watching tour! We work very hard to keep our boats looking their best so it's always nice to hear that our efforts are appreciated! Glad you had such a great tour with a variety of wildlife....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Newer to Skagit County WA. We love to explore the beauty and nature all around us. We had booked a whale excursion out of Bellingham, WA last year. Spent 5 hours on an older vessel. Stuffy and narrow inside cabin area, bench seating only on...More

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

What a thorough review! This will be very helpful for guests planning a whale watching tour. We really try to make sure we provide a memorable experience from the moment you check in until the moment you leave the boat and we're glad to see...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third time on a whale watching trip and by far the best. The amenities on board the ship (Island Explorer 5) were great. Plenty of comfortable seating inside and outside, with food and a bar, and clean and spacious restrooms. We saw...More

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

Kelly, Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We are so thrilled with the new Island Explorer 5! All of our vessels are great, but she really takes it to the next level! We'll definitely pass your comments on to your crew from...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful experience on this tour. Captain Carl, first mate Naomi and naturalists Erin and Emma (hope I got all the names right), were professional, stressed safety and answered all our questions. And then- we found whale #44, DubNuk (I think his name) and...More

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

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We heard about that tour and saw all the spyhopping photos - very neat! We will pass your comments to all the crew (and yes, you got the names right!). Thanks again for coming back to share your experience.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible! We had the most fabulous time on our tour this morning/afternoon. We saw harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and...a pod of orcas. The crew could not have been more pleasant and informative and the boat was in pristine condition-plenty of room on three...More

Thank kroberts730
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time out of your day to share your experience. We love the new Island Exporer 5 and work hard to keep her looking her best. It sounds like you had a great time and saw a nice variety of wildlife. It...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
8 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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