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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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The best whale watching excursion.. EVER!

Have been on two other whale watching tours/excursions before - one in Alaska and one in Southern... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
klondike204
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Whales Whales whales!!!

I love this company. Any good captain can take you to see whales but this crew also fed us... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2018
SandyAmanda
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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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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been on two other whale watching tours/excursions before - one in Alaska and one in Southern California. Both of those were OK, encountering a few whales (from large distances away). In contrast, the Island Adventures tour/excursion from Anacortes, WA that we took last evening...More

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

Thanks for sharing your experience! It sounds like you had nothing short of remarkable luck with orcas, humpbacks, and a minke whale to boot! We'll be sure to pass your compliments on to your entire crew from that evening's tour.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

I love this company. Any good captain can take you to see whales but this crew also fed us, entertained us with eco knowledge, fun stories and humor, and piloted around whales and other boats with safety and respect to nature. The ship is the...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Thanks for the great review! We are proud of our reputation of going above and beyond for our guests and will be sure to let our crew know to keep up the good work. It was great to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Went on a Whale Watching trip with Island Adventures. It was Fantastic!!!. We saw 4 types of whales. The Captain even took us a little further so we could see several Killer Whales. Very close by. Got great photos. Also Mate very informative about the...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Wow! Sounds like you brought quite a bit of luck with you to see so much variety - you're welcome to bring that good fortunate on board anytime!

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We took a half day trip from Anacortes and had a great time. The crew was super friendly. We saw a few orca pods and 3 humpback whales, along with other sea wild life. They were not in a rush and truly allowed a lot...More

Thank Angela B
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Angela, Thanks for taking time to write about your experience. A double-header with both orcas and humpback whales is always a special treat. It was a pleasure to have you join us!

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Wow what a great day we had with Island Adventures. This is our 2nd time with them and I recommend it to everyone! We saw Orca whales, humpback whales, a very hungry stellar sea lion munching on a fish it just caught and some harbor...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Thanks for joining us again and for sharing your experience. We love the new boat too!

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The crew gives you an excellent experience of encountering wildlife. We saw Humpback whales breach and a pod of Orca whales that swam alongside the boat! Not to mention bald eagles, seals and many other types of wildlife. We would love to go again!

Thank ericader11
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

A breaching humpback AND a pod of orcas? That's pretty tough to beat, but we'll always try. You're welcome to bring your good luck aboard with us anytime. Thanks again for choosing Island Adventures!

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Listen, you already know that a whale watch adventure in the exquisite San Juan Islands, on a boat that is barely a year new, is going to be AWESOME! What you may not expect is a funny captain, engaging naturalist and a wonderful galley crew....More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thanks so much for those kind words! Our crew works exceptionally hard to make every tour great for our guests. We'll spread the word that you had a wonderful time!

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

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

Thank Kris M
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Kris, Thanks for choosing Island Adventures! We'll let your crew members know that you had a fantastic time and appreciated all their hard work!

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

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 19 May 2018

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 12 May 2018

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 18 May 2018

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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madieshopper
26 June 2018|
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Yes. Plenty of parking
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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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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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