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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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We saw Orcas!

Island Adventures did a great job finding us whales! We saw 4 different pods. Probably about 20... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Stevi D
,
Warrenton, Virginia
Amazing trip but they did not stop to pick up my cap.

From booking to leaving at the end of the trip this group is a class act. When I called to ask... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Kevin R
,
Seattle, 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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+1 800-465-4604
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Island Adventures did a great job finding us whales! We saw 4 different pods. Probably about 20 Orcas in all. We also saw Puffins, sea lions, seals...it was great. The crew was very knowledgable. We went out for the 3:30 tour...very cold but we had...More

Thank Stevi D
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Stevi, Thank you not only for joining us, but for taking time to review your experience. It sounds like you saw a great variety of wildlife! We are beyond thrilled with the newest vessel, the Island Explorer 5, and are happy to see that you...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

From booking to leaving at the end of the trip this group is a class act. When I called to ask about the difference in their trips, they were totally jazzed about how great their new boat was, so we booked their trip out of...More

Thank Kevin R
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Kevin, Thank you so much for taking time to write about your recent tour on the Island Explorer 5. We appreciate your feedback and perhaps if there is an Island Explorer 6 in our future, we'll keep that in mind! We certainly agree that nothing...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017

We saw humpback whales but not very close. I took photos and it's very hard to see the whales. You really need a great telephoto lens. We took the morning tour and the boat was very crowded. Even though they explicitly say you must be...More

Thank Boopers
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your recent experience. It's very important to us to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines when viewing whales. All vessels from catamarans to zodiacs, sailboats to kayaks, must follow the same regulations. It is a common misconception...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017

Whale watching is one of our favorite things to do and we have been on a lot of whale watching trips. This was our 2nd time with this company and this time we were fortunate enough to be on the brand new boat...Island Adventure 5...and...More

Thank GStrange
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Thank you for taking time to write about your recent tour. We enjoy feedback from all of our guests, but it's especially nice to hear from visitors that are frequent whale watchers. The new vessel was designed specifically for whale-watching in the Salish Sea and...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017

My daughter and I took the 3:00 tour from Anacortes and had a fantastic experience on the brand new boat. It is very spacious, has excellent seating inside and out. The captain and crew are very knowledgeable and fun! The views are spectacular and the...More

Thank MSBak
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We're thrilled with the new Island Explorer 5 and are happy to see that you were as well! It was great to have you aboard!

Reviewed 26 August 2017

My daughter and I went on a whale watching cruise with this company but we left from La Conner. It was fabulous! The three person crew took care of us very well. The boat was perfect-no complaints! It just so happened that we only had...More

Thank Julie H
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Julie, Thank you for reviewing your tour from yesterday! We can count on one hand how many tours we've had this year with THREE different species, so you definitely were part of something special! I'm glad we were able to go the extra mile (or...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The boat makes all the difference! Large, fast and stable makes the ride super comfortable and minimizes seasickness. There's tons of space on the decks to move around and get a view of the wildlife without having to fight other passengers for a spot. Throw...More

Thank Adrian H
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Adrian, Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! Our crew is passionate about sharing this region's wildlife with others and it reflects in their work. We want our guests to see whales as much as, if not more than, than they do! Thanks for taking time...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

I have been fortunate to participate on whale watching tours in many parts of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, both as a tourist, volunteer naturalist, and paid employee. Island Adventures definitely has raised the bar. I never have been on a bad whale watch, but...More

Thank Diane92106
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Diane, Thank you so much for those kind words! This reviews means a lot coming from someone with your level of experience whale watching. I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to all of our crew members! Thank you so much for joining us.

Reviewed 18 August 2017

The crew was funny and had a lot of knowledge if it were not for the fires in BC it would have been great but you could not see Vancouver from 100 yards, sad as it would have been a great view, we did see...More

Thank tazman1953
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you for joining us and sharing your thoughts about the tour. Fortunately thanks to a bit of rain and breeze, that haze has blown away now, and luckily, the whales didn't mind! I'll pass your kind comments on to the crew!

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

An amazing experienc, crew and captains enthusiasm for the wildlife was genuine and infectious, beautiful brand new boat with reasonably priced food and drink. Goes without saying that the whales were incredible. Well worth the moneyMore

Thank Lorna K
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Lorna, Thank you not only for choosing Island Adventures, but for returning to write about your experience. I'll be sure to pass those kind words on to all of our crew members as well. It was a pleasure to be a part of such a...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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